Ghost SE 2000 (2012)

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I invite you to get familiar with Ghost.  Under the known label of “Made in Germany”, Ghost have been producing since 1993 and have a wide range of bikes, but it’s their premium segment that particularly made itself known this year thanks to their electronically controlled suspension. E: I Shock for example, stirred the spirits among fans of the brand, but also among technology enthusiasts.

Returning to Ghost SE 2000, we can not discuss advanced technologies for a bicycle situated at the interface between entry-and mid-level, but there are some features that you should consider. Now let’s see the facts!!

Frame / on track

Aiming to get into the premium segment, Ghost made no compromise when they built the SE’s 2000. This can be seen with the naked eye in the welds they made. Also, there is no reproach in the paint quality, as expected from Ghost. Worth noting is also the segment below the down tube with a mission to increase resistance to stress in the headtube joint area, and another segment as well, that connects the top tube and the seat tube.

Nevertheless, SE 2000 is struggling with heaviness, because it weighs 2.28 kg. Compared to other frames in its class, it weighs a lot, but it compensates by stiffness, which proves once again that artistry is to provide a framework that is light but twists very little. Thus, the rigidity of Ghost indicates the value of 125.1 Nm / degree and warrants that it will maintain its technical properties even with heavy cyclists.

Germans from Ghost rely on sportsmanship and position on 2000 is slightly elongated, aerodynamic. Therefore, it will be preferred by those who feel better on a sports bike. Those who will use it only for recreational rides may opt for a smaller frame that comes with a shorter top tube and a shorter stem.  Handlebars with a width of 630 mm also offer a good position and firm control.

The 71 degree angle of the headtube dictates a very agile direction. Position for ascent is part of the standard class, but you will certainly feel the weight of 14.26 kg of the bicycle after riding the steepest portions of the road.

The bottom of the rear triangle of the frame gladly accommodates a tire with a width of 2.10, but I’m not sure if after installing one of 2.25 there will remain enough space. You must take this into account if at some point you want to replace your tires with thicker ones, which I wouldn’t recommend.

Components

Like most bikes equipped with Suntour XCM forks Ghost SE is no exception to the rule and does not provide sensitivity on small bumps. However, there is a knock on the rebound, which can not be categorized as a problem, but it can become annoying. The lock-out is on the right arm of the fork, without being connected to a control to activate it from the handlebar Grab it, spin it and it’s on! The 100 mm Suntour XCM fork installed on this bike weighs 2,732 grams, an amount that adds significant weigh to the bike. Therefore, it is among the first components that deserves being replaced in the future, thus getting rid of 1 kg of the total weight of the bike and bring it somewhere around 13 kg. That sounds much better, doesn’t it?

The 3 × 9 transmission system is composed of a triple Acera crankset, weighing not less than 1,045 grams. Without Bottom Bracket, separately weighing 280 grams. The crank is well finished, it gives the impression of a mid-level product and the plastic protection sheets can be easily removed, but again, the weight is quite high. To shift gears through the cassette you have a Shimano Deore that will do the job consistently and only sometimes with slight delays, and also a Shimano Acera front derailleur which, except for rather slow functioning, creates no problems. Shift levers also belong to entry-level range, Acera.

The brakes provide average performance and feel much better on woods trails than on difficult mountain ones. See the test section for a detailed review of them. The rotors equipping the Ghost come in size of 160 mm.

Country Dry2 Michelin tires are immediately noticed due to high rolling speed and good grip, both on earth and gravel, in dry conditions. More specifically, exactly as their name indicates, Dry. Hubs are delivered by Sram, the model 306 being common in this segment, and the wheels are manufactured under the Ghost brand. Overall, the wheels are lighter than the main competitors’ ones and are responsible ford better acceleration.

Pedals that SE 2000 comes supplied with are aluminum made, strong and carefully finished.

The grips and saddle are especially comfortable. The latter offers greater comfort over long distances, so you don’t have to wear chamois pants, which is a real plus nowadays. Ghost’s concern with details can be remarked even at the fork spacers, which are German brand- marked.

Conclusions

Ghost’s arguments are the finely finished frame, high stiffness and position on the bike. Lightweight wheels and saddle comfort should not be neglected. Heavy components such as crankset or fork cost our German candidate precious points. However, with care and attention he can be subjected to a diet that will prove rewarding in the end.

As such, Ghost SE 2000 will certainly prefer more gentle forest or mountain trails than tracks with frequent climbs and rapid descents. Price falls in the premium producers’ demands and the decision to step into this segment is yours.

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