Here is what Merida has to say about the Silex:
"SILEX – EVERY ROAD IS YOURS
There’s a certain beauty in just riding without watching the time, heading wherever you feel the urge. For those rides, our new SILEX makes total sense; our most comfortable and versatile road bike ever. With its modern MTB inspired geometry; long top and head tube and short stem it offers nimble and confidence inspiring handling.
Our SILEX is a new and exciting concept at MERIDA, creating a bike that is at home in a variety of environments and talks to a broad range of riders. From bikepacking, via commuting all the way to joining the odd chain gang and from pristine tarmac, via gravel tracks all the way to the occasional bit of off-road single track.
Our SILEX is at home pretty much everywhere you can imagine riding your bike.
The key feature of our SILEX concept is the frame and with that the geometry which makes this bike what it is. A very long head tube and long reach combined with a short stem (80/90 mm) and relatively low stand-over-height give a unique riding experience. This leads to a very upright position on the bike which creates less tension in the back and neck area.
There are many bikes out there with a so called ‘endurance’ geometry, but the actual difference is very small. Usually, the difference is just a longer head tube and a shorter reach. We have noticed that many customers still put a significant amount of spacers underneath the stem to bring up their position on the bike. This reduces the stiffness noticeably as well as having a negative effect on the clean appearance of the bike.
With our new concept, we’ll have a long tapered head tube which makes the use of several spacers obsolete. Not only will the bike look much sportier, but it will have a substantial increase in front end stiffness which is quite important if you take it off-road.
Furthermore, the rider has the opportunity to ride safe and comfortable in the drops which is not that easy on many road bikes. Riding comfortably in the drops provides additional safety on descents (especially on ‘trails’) because you can have better braking control while the centre of gravity is still in a central position on the bike."
There are 8 bikes in the Silex range with 2 aluminium build options to choose from and the rest carbon. For now here in South Africa we only have the two aluminium models available in limited stock.
My guess is that the gravel and bikepacking are not main stream enough for importers to bring in whole ranges but rather they are playing it save with the bare minimum on offer for gravel and adventure cyclists🙁...
The two bikes are priced from 14,500 and 19,500 ZAR respectively, the latter have some stiff competition as shown in this forum as far as price is concerned.
The Silex 200 is my choice between the two aluminium options. It is priced right for someone looking to buy their "do it all" bike at a budget but also not to expensive for someone looking to buy a second bike dedicated to bikepacking. The spec is just right with loads of upgrade potential when the current components are due for replacement.
However in my opinion aluminium is the best and the Silex 200 ticks all the boxes for a competent all rounder that you can bikepack with.
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