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On paper, the Ghost Kato looks like every rider’s wet dream. A light aluminum skeleton and an almost complete Shimano body kit make it hard to believe it costs so little. However, as we got to know more, we did realize it was not all that glittery.

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Bike Name Reseller Price
Ghost Kato 4 24 Kid 2017
Ghost Kato 4 24 Kid 2017
$428
Ghost Kato 2 29 2017
Ghost Kato 2 29 2017
$592
Ghost Kato 2 27.5 2017
Ghost Kato 2 27.5 2017
$592
GHOST Boy s Kato Kid 4 AL 24 Boys
GHOST Boy s Kato Kid 4 AL 24 Boys
$629
Ghost Kato 3 27.5 2017
Ghost Kato 3 27.5 2017
$683
Ghost Kato 3 29 2017
Ghost Kato 3 29 2017
$683
Ghost Kato 4 27.5 2017
Ghost Kato 4 27.5 2017
$783
Ghost Kato 4 29 2017
Ghost Kato 4 29 2017
$783
GHOST Kato 5 27.5 29
GHOST Kato 5 27.5 29
$804
Ghost Kato 5 27.5 2017
Ghost Kato 5 27.5 2017
$873
Ghost Kato 5 29 2017
Ghost Kato 5 29 2017
$873
GHOST Kato 7 27.5 29
GHOST Kato 7 27.5 29
$979
Ghost Kato 7 29 2017
Ghost Kato 7 29 2017
$993
Ghost Kato 7 27.5 2017
Ghost Kato 7 27.5 2017
$993
GHOST Kato FS 2
GHOST Kato FS 2
$1,189
Ghost Kato 2 2017
Ghost Kato 2 2017
$1,305
GHOST Kato FS 3
GHOST Kato FS 3
$1,399
Ghost Kato X 6 29 2017
Ghost Kato X 6 29 2017
$1,455
Ghost Kato 3 2017
Ghost Kato 3 2017
$1,707
GHOST Kato FS 5
GHOST Kato FS 5
$1,889
Ghost Kato FS 5 2017
Ghost Kato FS 5 2017
$2,008
Ghost Hybride Kato 2 AL 2017
Ghost Hybride Kato 2 AL 2017
$2,397
Ghost Hybride Kato 6 AL 2017
Ghost Hybride Kato 6 AL 2017
$3,628
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 4 AL 2017
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 4 AL 2017
$3,843
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL 2017
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 6 AL 2017
$4,378
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 8 AL 2017
Ghost Hybride Kato FS 8 AL 2017
$5,342

Ghost Kato Review

In the years since its initial release, Ghost has come up with a number of different versions of the Kato, all of which are great to look at and promise a lot of value for money. And all of them have been designed as trail bikes so a lot of our scrutinizing will be focused on build components and ride quality.

First off, build components. The frame is typically set in aluminum and so is the fork – an SR Suntour XCR Air RL-R offering a handy 120mm of travel. Happily, Shimano has been providing most of the other bits and pieces. Shifting is taken care of by Shimano’s Deore SL, the chainset is an FC-M523, and the cassette is a Shimano CS-HG50. The main components that originally from Ghost are the Stem, saddle and the seat post. All of the bikes tip the scales at between 12 and 15 kilograms which is alright for an aluminum structure.

But how do all these components add up on a trail? For a kickoff, the Ghost pedals well transmitting every bit of power you give it into good traction both on a trail and on the road. However, things start to get increasingly difficult the when the trail gets tougher. On the descent however, it performed better than expected, the handling was friendly and safe. But again, no real fireworks for the rider. Mainly this has to do with the geometry and riding position which felt a bit high and elongated. That said, you are very unlikely to find a bike as good as this on a low budget.

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+Pros:

  • Good value for money
  • Excellent drivetrain and brakes
  • Great climber on average trails
  • Easy handling

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-Cons:

  • Not too good on tough terrain
  • Ride is not very exciting

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The Verdict

The main plus point the Ghost Kato range has going for it is that it offers more than what you would expect to pay for. It will still keep most riders happy.

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