Merida Silex+ 8000-E review

A gravel bike for riders who want to explore more technical terrain

merida silex+ 8000-e
Cycling Weekly Verdict

f you are looking for a bike to partner the pursuit of the more technical end of gravel riding then the Merida Silex+ 8000-E might well be a great choice. It does need a couple of judicious spec changes to really bring out its potential but the ride quality and its ability to put a big fat grin on your face when faced with fast 'proper' off-road trails affords it a plenty of forgiveness for imperfections.

Reasons to buy
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    Progressive frame design

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    Nimble 650b wheel size

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    GRX Di2 performance

Reasons to avoid
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    Handlebars offer too much reach

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    Rim/tyre combination failed to hold air when set up tubeless

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The Merida Silex+ 8000-E model sits at the top of the entire Silex range and features a distinctive carbon fibre frame and fork as well as Shimano's gravel oriented GRX Di2 groupset.

As off-tarmac riding grows in popularity and riders are becoming more adventurous in route choices, demand is rising for a new type of gravel bike: one that is a little more at home in the rough stuff and not just a road bike with bigger tyre clearances.

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