Merida Silex 400 Gravel Bike
Merida’s new Silex 400 wants to bridge the gaps between commute, adventure, bikepacking, and gravel bikes. In order to achieve this, Merida’s development team had to dig deep into its box of tricks and throw in a fair amount of mountain bike technology.The Merida Silex 400 is the latest creation of the Germany-based development team – production is still based in the Taiwan HQ – and comes with many clever details. Chief among these is the disc-cooler system. Already seen on the Merida Scultura Disc and Reacto Disc, it dissipates heat from the brake rotors using a specially developed CNC cooling-fin system built into the frame.
With an impressive weight of 8.04 kg the Merida Silex 400 lands a third place in our test field. Even more of a surprise are its handling characteristics. The frame strikes a splendid balance between comfort and stiffness, and feels great on day-long tours, whether on the road, gravel or trails.
|Front Fork:||Full carbon tapered fork with 12mm through axle|
|Wheels:||MERIDA Comp Cross – 22mm profile, disc only|
|Hubs:||MERIDA sealed bearing hubs with 12mm through axles, centerlock|
|Brakes:||Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors|
|Shifters:||Shimano RS505, 22 speed|
|Chain Wheel:||FSA Gossamer Pro 48-32 teeth|
|Cassette:||Shimano CS-5800, 11 speed, 11-32 teeth|
|Tyres:||Maxxis Gravel 35c semi slick tyre folding tyre with Maxxis silkworm technology and puncture protection|
|Seatpost:||MERIDA Comp 30.9mm|
|Handlebar:||MERIDA Expert double butted 6061 aluminium compact drop, oversize clamp|
|Stem:||MERIDA Expert, 3d forged, 6061 aluminium, Oversize clamp, -5 degree|