Merida Silex+ 8000-E review: A truly rowdy gravel bike

Merida has dropped smaller wheels into its Silex platform to make it even more versatile but just how capable is it?

Merida Silex+ 8000-E
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Hugely capable gravel bike that shows its true abilities on the roughest of gravel adventures

Pros

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    Confidence-inspiring handling

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    Mountings and stable character make it a great bikepacker

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    Slick Shimano GRX Di2 shifting

Cons

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    Easy to find the limits of off-road drop bar riding

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    Rims and tyres difficult to set up tubeless

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As gravel riding matures, bikes are beginning to split off into different subcategories. On one end there are fast race bikes that are almost, or sometimes are, road bikes with conservatively fat tyres. On the other end are gravel bikes which appear to be doing everything they can to disassociate with their tarmac-biased cousins. Both have their merits and bikes from the full spread of the gravel spectrum feature in our guide to the best gravel bikes. With its 650B wheels, tall stack and slack geometry, the Merida Silex+ makes no secret that it is positioned at the latter end of the spectrum. 

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