EQ stands for equipped on the recently released Ghost Asket Advanced EQ gravel bike, which was quietly unveiled by the German brand last week. Find all the specs and details and a release video starring our friend Neza here…
German brand Ghost quietly unveiled the Asket Advanced EQ last week alongside the larger range 2023 Asket gravel bikes. Previously, Ghost used the Asket name for a hardtail in its lineup, but apparently extended it to their off-road drop-bar lineup, which fit right between their Road Rage series and Lector XC hardtails. All the Asket bikes feature aluminum frames, full-carbon tapered forks, flat mount hydraulic disk brakes, 40mm tires, and have clearance for 700c x 50mm or 27.5 × 2.2″ rubber.
As its name implies, the Ghost Asket Advanced EQ comes with a complete set of Acepac bags, and like the other Asket models, it’s outfitted with plenty of mounts. This includes two standard pairs of bottle cage bosses inside the main triangle, a pair under the downtube, a three-pack on the underside of the toptube, a pair for a direct mount toptube bag, and three-pack of mounts on each fork leg. It also has all the necessary provisions for fenders and lower rear rack mounts, although it appears they left out upper bosses for a rear rack.
The entry level Ghost Asket retails for €1,600 with a Shimano Sora 2×9 drivetrain, and there are several other models in between it and the top-of-the-line Advanced EQ, including a flat-bar model and a commuter/trekking-equipped “EQ” with racks and fenders. All come with the same frameset, although there appears to be a subtle difference as the Advanced models don’t have a front-derailleur mount. At €2,400, the Advanced EQ is the priciest of the bunch, but it comes with the full suite of bags, a Shimano GRX 1×11 group, an 11-42T XT cassette, and a decent set of components listed below—which it shares with the bagless “Advanced” model that sells for €200 less.
- FRAME: Asket AL
- FORK: GHOST Carbon
- STEM: Ghost Dia. 31.8 mm
- HANDLEBARS: Gravel Bar RA120A 420/440/460/480/500mm (XS/S/M/L/XL)
- REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano GRX RD-RX812 11-S
- GEAR LEVER: Shimano GRX ST-RX600
- CRANKSET: Shimano GRX FC-RX810 40T
- CASSETTE: Shimano XT CS-M8000 11-42
- BRAKE: Shimano GRX BR-RX400 160 mm Disc
- REAR HUB: Shimano FH-MT400 12×142 mm
- FRONT HUB: Shimano HB-RS470 12×100 mm
- SEATPOST: GND 51 27.2 mm
- SADDLE: Selle Royal SRX
- HANGER: FRHG0065
- HEADSET: Acros
- TIRE FRONT: Maxxis Ravager Exo TR 40-622
- TIRE REAR: Maxxis Ravager Exo TR 40-622
- RIM FRONT: WTB ST i25
- RIM REAR: WTB ST i25
It was a pleasant surprise to see our friend Neza Peterca starring in the launch video for the Ghost Asket Advanced EQ. Check it out below.
For details on the full Asket range, click here, and to find out more about the Ghost Asket Advanced EQ, see here.
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