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Merida a World Champion Gravel Bike with an adventurous spirit

When a few days ago Matej Mohoric won the Gravel World Cup on top of one Merida Silex completely new we already imagined that the launch of this bike would be close. The Taiwanese brand that continues to bet on this bike has not been made to wait a more adventurous gravel and bikepacking concept while strengthening off-road capabilities.

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Merida’s Silex 2023: A Gravel Champion’s Ride Reimagined

It didn’t take long for Merida to reveal the details of its new Silex, which was its first gravel bike model launched in 2018 and which from the very beginning opted for a more leisure and adventure type of gravel in addition to for the then incipient bikepacking.

Now, five years later, Merida is renovating it to adapt it to the new times and, contrary to what we had initially thought, without removing it from the concept of long distances, routes of several days and maximum comfort which had the original model.

In fact, initially, when we saw the appearance of the bike and the decisiveness with which Matej Mohoric prevailed in the gravel world championship, we thought that Merida had changed the concept of the Silex towards a more sporty side that, in principle, they already had cover with the Scultura Endurance GR model. However, it is now confirmed that Silex continues maintaining its original philosophy.

Unreleased Merida Silex of 2023 Gravel World Champion
Unreleased Merida Silex of 2023 Gravel World Champion

The sportier aspect that fooled us is due to the modifications to the geometry, which has gained slightly in stack, has less sloping than the first Silex and has been equipped with a shorter head tube that compensates for a higher fork designed to be able to mount a suspension without altering the behavior of the bike However, the resulting geometry is even more relaxed than that of the previous model since the steering relaxes 1.5º leaving the angle of this at 69.5º, almost a mountain bike figure.

This greater angle and being longer in the driving position results in an increase in the length between the axles and, therefore, a greater priority on stability, looking for better behavior when the terrain becomes difficult or the bike goes loaded with bikepacking bags.

New Merida One-Twenty
New Merida One-Twenty

Enhancing Off-Road Capabilities: Merida’s Silex Advancements

To strengthen these off-road capabilities Merida has increased the Silex wheel arches up to 700x45c for this he has opted for the usual solution of asymmetric pods in order to obtain the necessary space in the pedal area. Finally, as with all current bikes, the cable routing is done through the steering pipe although not completely internal but the cables run in the most integrated way possible from the handlebars under the power.

Also thinking about bikepacking and use on difficult terrain, Merida has designed this bike in such a way that it is able to accept 180mm discs both front and back and, in its carbon frame, it includes its Disc Cooler radiators that we had already seen in other models of the brand.

Mention that there will be two versions of this Merida Silexone made with CF2 carbon and another simpler one, although with similar characteristics in terms of geometry and capabilities, with an aluminum frame.

Merida Silex 10K

Merida Silex 10k
Merida Silex 10k

 

  • Painting: Silex CF2 II Carbon
  • Group: SRAM Red/Eagle AXS, cranks with potentiometer 42 teeth, cassette 10-52, discs 180 mm
  • Handlebar: Easton EC70 AX
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Foreword Scratch M5 AGX
  • Seat Post: SRAM Reverb XPLR AXS
  • Wheels: Reynolds Black Label G700 Pro
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c
  • Weight: 8.4 kg

Merida Silex 7000

NEW SILEX 7000
NEW SILEX 7000

 

  • Painting: Silex CF2 II Carbon
  • Group: Shimano GRX820, chainring 42, cassette 11-51, discs 180 mm
  • Handlebar: Merida Expert GRII
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Merida Expert SL
  • Seat Post: Merida Expert CC
  • Wheels: Easton EA70 AX
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c
  • Weight: 9.4 kg

Merida Silex 4000

NEW SILEX 4000 - MERIDA BIKES
NEW SILEX 4000 – MERIDA BIKES

 

  • Painting: Silex CF2 II Carbon
  • Group: Shimano GRX400, chainrings 46/30, cassette 11-36, discs 180 mm
  • Handlebar: Merida Expert GRII
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Merida Comp SL
  • Seat Post: Merida Expert CC
  • Wheels: Merida Expert SL II
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c

Merida Silex 700

NEW SILEX 4000 - MERIDA BIKES
NEW SILEX 4000 – MERIDA BIKES

 

  • Painting: Silex Lite II aluminum
  • Group: Shimano GRX820, chainring 42, cassette 11-51, discs 180/160 mm
  • Handlebar: Merida Expert GRII
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Merida Expert SL
  • Seat Post: Merida Expert CC
  • Wheels: Easton EA70 AX
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c
  • Weight: 9.8 kg

Merida Silex 400

NEW SILEX 400 - MERIDA BIKES
NEW SILEX 400 – MERIDA BIKES

 

  • Painting: Silex Lite II aluminum
  • Group: Shimano GRX400, chainrings 46/30, cassette 11-36, discs 180/160 mm
  • Handlebar: Merida Expert GRII
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Merida Comp SL
  • Seat Post: Merida Comp CC
  • Wheels: Merida Expert SL II
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c

Merida Silex 200

Merida Silex 200 Bike 2024
Merida Silex 200 Bike 2024

 

  • Painting: Silex Lite II aluminum
  • Group: Shimano Sora, 48/32 chainring, 11-34 cassette, Promax mechanical brakes, 180/160 mm discs
  • Handlebar: Merida Expert GRII
  • Power: Merida Team CC III
  • Saddle: Merida Comp SL
  • Seat Post: Merida Comp CC
  • Wheels: Merida Comp SL II
  • Covers: Maxxis Rambler 700x45c

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, the Merida Silex 2023 sounds like the ultimate adventure machine! I can already picture myself conquering rugged terrains and feeling like a true gravel champion. Time to plan my next off-road escapade!

  2. I hate to burst your bubble, but the Meridas Silex 2023 is nothing more than an overpriced hype. There are plenty of other bikes out there that can conquer gravel trails just as well, if not better. Dont fall for the marketing gimmicks.

  3. Wow, the Merida Silex 2023 sounds like the ultimate gravel bike for adrenaline junkies! Cant wait to hit the trails and conquer new adventures with it!

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