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2 weeks 2 days ago

Oh, and the tyes fitted are not that good. They are too narrow to really get the most out of the bike (interestingly, the marketing photos for the Silex bikes had a guy riding one that's fitted with some much bigger 700c rubber). The Razzo tyres roll well enough but offer little grip on loose or damp ground. After finding I couldn't run 27.5 x 2.1 Schwalbes, I fitted some Panaracer GavelKing SK in 700x43 size. Good grip off-road in all but mud (not MTB level grip, but then it's not an MTB) and they still roll really well. The extra width made a massive difference to off-road confidance and also improved comfort all round, especially when loaded.

2 weeks 2 days ago

Not the best review. The bike does indeed ride well, is very well built, and the concept is excellent, but ..

1. second bottle cage is too high, meaning that on a small frame you can only just get a normal 750ml bottle in, and it makes the use of a frame bag and too bottles impossible. There is loads of room for the mounts to have been lowered.

2. You don't seem to have looked to test Merida's claim about the Silex bikes being able to take 27.5x2.2 tyres - if you did you'd have found that with the Alu frame, that's complete rubbish. At most you can run WTB horizon (47mm), which given that you can run 700x43c tyres without issues, makes 27.5 pointless and means Merida have either miss marketed the bikes or someone didn't tell the designers of the Alu frame about the need to take the same tyre width as the carbon forks (which take 27.5x2.2 quite happily).

3. They could I think have taken the MTB geometry thing a little further - my small frame is a bit short on the reach (maybe due to the effect the higher handlebar has) while there is only just enough room for a dropper post (due in part to the fact that dropper posts with less than 100mm travel are hard to find).

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