New Merida Silex first ride review: Was this Mohorič's World Champs winning secret weapon?

The new Merida Silex is a bike-packing gravel bike that has won the UCI Gravel World Championships, and I think I know why

Merida Silex
(Image credit: MERIDA)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The new Merida Silex is meant to be a do-it-all bike, and so far, my testing, along side its World Championship-winning testimonials do exactly that. The bike is poised on descents, stable on climbs, and efficient on tarmac too. If you are looking for a super comfortable ride, this might not be the bike for you - and for super muddy, or particularly gnarly riding, the tyre clearance is a bit conservative. But if you are looking for an engaging gravel bike that can do a good job at pretty much anything, the Silex is well and truly worth a look.

Reasons to buy
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    Super stiff bottom bracket and head tube

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    Poised geometry with a composed front end

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    Variety of build options to suit everyone

Reasons to avoid
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    Only 45mm tyre clearance

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    Frame isn't the most compliant

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The new Merida Silex, which launches today, has already been in the limelight in the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships, with Matej Mohorič of Barhain Victorious storming away to a solo victory on the then unreleased bike.

We have been lucky enough to put in nearly 100km on the new 'bike packing' machine from Merida, in an attempt to both share our thoughts on the new all-road machine, as well as shed some light on why an adventure bike actually played into Mohorič's favour.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.