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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.


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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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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.

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Nice color on that frame.
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Nice color on that frame.


Thanks frontrangegravel, indeed it is.

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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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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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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🍦

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

thanks.

 

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

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


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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.

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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).

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Thank you so Much for your Help 
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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

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The LBS mounted the Specialized Dry-Tech mudguards (45mm).
They had to cut out for the front derailleur.

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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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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.


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