Tretjak
Finally have my Silex arrived.
Got it yesterday and have only cycled home from the LBS.

First reflection is that the bike is rather high in the front which will be most welcome on my commute ride that passes by Gothenburg with some traffic, I believe the high front end will give me good overview over the traffic.

I took the 400 model due to the double chainring with a tighter cassette than the 600 model that runs with a single chainring (44) and a wide cassette due to its most of the time windy conditions here.

The bike comes with what seems to be Merida specific Maxxis 33 mm tire called Razzo unfortunately non TL.
I will use them still for commuting with tubes.

Missing on the bike to be a full commuter is the mudguards, rack and bottle cages. I will use SKS longboard mudguards and the Thule Pack n Pedal rack with pannier for my 21k commute.

Picture will come soon.

Br Fredrik
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Tretjak
More pics will come later on as well as a small ride report when I have hade a chance to ride the bike a bit more.
Br Fredrik
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Tretjak
Have used the bike some more now and I must say that it’s extremely comfortable.
Today did I took a detour out on some gravel. No problem for the bike at all, just a rookie on the bike it self in this habitat.

Br Fredrik
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frontrangegravel
Nice color on that frame.
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Tretjak
frontrangegravel wrote:
Nice color on that frame.


Thanks frontrangegravel, indeed it is.
Br Fredrik
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chas
I like the paint job too.  Its a good looking bike.

Yup, that front end is tall.  should be a good riding bike and great for longer days in the saddle.
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Tretjak
chas wrote:
I like the paint job too.  Its a good looking bike.

Yup, that front end is tall.  should be a good riding bike and great for longer days in the saddle.
Br Fredrik
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Tretjak
Went out on single track and gravel “road” with soft surface (I believe they are building running trails. The rider were not feeling secure on those conditions.
Then it was way better on hard packed gravel.
And the best part was the ice cream afterwards🍦
Br Fredrik
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creativotor

Hello I want to know if the wheels on the SIlex 400 accept a tubeless configuration?

thanks.

 

Tretjak wrote:
More pics will come later on as well as a small ride report when I have hade a chance to ride the bike a bit more.

 

 

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Tretjak
creativotor wrote:

Hello I want to know if the wheels on the SIlex 400 accept a tubeless configuration?

thanks.

 

 

 

 



They aren´t TLR the stock wheel for Silex 400, the stock wheels for Silex 600 is TLR.

Br Fredrik
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creativotor
Thank you so much. other 2 questions

How you decide the SIze o usually ride 56 (Large) on road bike bus this geometry measurements kills me.

and What type of thru axle does it have front and rear.. looking for a future wheel upgrade.

thanks




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creativotor wrote:
Thank you so much. other 2 questions

How you decide the SIze o usually ride 56 (Large) on road bike bus this geometry measurements kills me.

and What type of thru axle does it have front and rear.. looking for a future wheel upgrade.

thanks






https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_int/bikes/road-fitness-gravel/gravel/2018/silex-400-9361.html
12*100mm in the front and 142*12 in the rear. See future tab in the attached link.

I have a medium (50cm) frame and I´m 176 cm tall with inseam of 81 cm.
Size wise check the Reach and Stack values of your existing bikes with the one on the Silex.
Silex in size medium (50cm)
Reach 400 mm
Stack 625 mm
There is a shorter stem on the Silex compaired to the Domane so the Reach is very similar but the stack is higher.

I have a Trek Domane 4.5 (2016) in size 54 cm, this size where the recommended size 2016, for 2018 the recommended size for my length was a 56 even if the stack and reach was exactly the same 2016 compaired to 2018.
Reach 374 mm size 54, 377 mm size 56
Stack 575 mm size 54, 591 size 56


I have used google transate for below part found on Meridas Swedish homepage.
 
Frame size is often used for racing bikes. For example, you can see that a bike can have a 54 cm frame, but what does that really mean? The measure of 54 cm refers to the length of the saddle tube, namely the distance from the center of the crank to the center of the upper tube (C-T) or the top of the saddle tube (C-C). The higher the value, the greater the cycle. Here it is also important to note that different manufacturers measure different, the bicycle frame size can either be measured C-T (center-top) or C-C (center center). This means the center of the crank up to the center of the crotch of the frame (C-C) or the center of the crank arm to the top of the saddle tube (C-T). Merida presents its dimensions in C-T, compared to a manufacturer that measures C-C, you often have to go down one size. A 52 cm Merida frame (C-T) corresponds, for example, to a 54 cm frame (C-C).
Br Fredrik
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creativotor
Thank you so Much for your Help 
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Tretjak
creativotor wrote:
Thank you so Much for your Help 


Your welcome creativitor.
If I remover when coming home today so can I take phot on the bike with the fenders/mudguards that I finally got on.
Specialized Dry-tech 45mm
Br Fredrik
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Tretjak
The LBS mounted the Specialized Dry-Tech mudguards (45mm).
They had to cut out for the front derailleur.
Br Fredrik
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limbo
Great looking bike!
Im thinking about buying them but dont know the
Right size for my height.
Im 1.79-180 .
I ride a 2018 merida big nine limited hardtail in size m.
In silex im medium or large?
thank you.
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Tretjak
Hi limbo

Sorry for the late reply.
I believe that the L (size 53) will be a bit to big.
The Silex have a rather short stem, if I remember correct so is there a 80 mm stem on the M frame (size 50) and you might want to go up to 90 mm.

I have an inseam of 81 cm and I’m close to the top tube with my balls😳.

Hope this gives you some help on the way to a new bike.

Br Fredrik
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MikeBk
I registered on the forum just to look at your photos ðŸ˜

I am thinking about buying the current (black) silex 400.

How are you finding the bike? Any concerns?
Considering the bottom bracket is pressed and not threaded, has it developed a creak at all?
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Tretjak
MikeBk wrote:
I registered on the forum just to look at your photos Ã°Å¸ËœÂ

I am thinking about buying the current (black) silex 400.

How are you finding the bike? Any concerns?
Considering the bottom bracket is pressed and not threaded, has it developed a creak at all?


I have not had a non wanted creak or noises what so ever. The bike has just worked fine with zero issues.
Br Fredrik
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Eduea09
Tretjak wrote:
The LBS mounted the Specialized Dry-Tech mudguards (45mm).
They had to cut out for the front derailleur.

Hi Fredrik. 
What pedals are you using? The Shimano double side? How do you like them?
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Tretjak
Eduea09 wrote:

Hi Fredrik. 
What pedals are you using? The Shimano double side? How do you like them?


Hi

I belive it is Shimano SPD PD-A530 pedals I got on the bike.
I had them on the shelf already and they do work great for the commute (SPD) and somtimes I use the flat side with sneakers to the pub.

If I would have gone for racing would I have had a double sided SPD pedal.
Br Fredrik
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Eduea09
Tretjak wrote:


Hi

I belive it is Shimano SPD PD-A530 pedals I got on the bike.
I had them on the shelf already and they do work great for the commute (SPD) and somtimes I use the flat side with sneakers to the pub.

If I would have gone for racing would I have had a double sided SPD pedal.


Great! Thanks! That's my plan to have them as well so I can do some gravel and long ride with the clears and also quick commutes with the flat on regular shoes! 

Good to know they work well!

Thanks
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