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Last year at Crankworx we showed you Ghost’s Asket, an affordable hardtail with aggressive, slack, long and low geometry (66.6-degree headangle and 430mm chainstays). New for 2018, Ghost is introducing the KatoX hardtails which use the same frame but bring the bikes down to a much lower price point.

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The white model pictured is the KatoX 4.9 which slots in at just 999€. For the price, the build is pretty darn good including a Shimano SLX Shadow Plus rear derailleur, a Sunrace 1x11 cassette with 11-46t range, and SR Suntour Raidon 34 XC LO-R Air fork with 120mm travel.

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Step up to 1499€ and you can get the red and black KatoX 6.9 with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and DT Swiss wheel upgrade. Up front on the 6.9, you get SR Suntour’s Axon LO-R fork which gets 120mm of travel, has 34mm stanchions and their PCS damping system. 

Hit up www.ghost-bikes.com for detailed information on the KatoX builds and dealer locator.

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sspomer sspomer 9/3/2017 7:51 PM

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Any info on the widest tire that can fit in the rear? I'm hoping wide-trail 2.5s or 2.6s.

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I'm confused about the sizing and how this bike is considered long. Their website lists no sizes or geo for Kato X 6.9. The largest size (Large) for the Kato X 4.9 has a reach of 450mm which is not at all long. The largest size (XL) in the Kato X 6 has a reach of 432mm which is absolutely tiny!

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Holy cow, they aren't exaggerating with the long and slack. Look at how far the front wheel is from the cranks...

Shame that the complete package is a bit flawed. Always looking to find a good candidate to recommend to newcomers, that won't make them feel scared on the trail, yet is simple and reliable enough to own without needing in-depth mechanical know-how.

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