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Merida Silex 200 Mens Gravel Bike 2018 - Silver

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Product Details

Model Number MS200MY18
Brands Merida
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2018
Colour Silver
Frame Lightweight 6066 Triple Butted And Hydroformed Aluminium Frame With Upright Gravel Geometry For Stable But Nimble Handling
Fork Full Carbon Tapered Fork With 12mm Through Axle
Shifters Shimano Sora, 18 Speed
Derailleur (Front) Shimano Sora, 18 Speed
Derailleur (Rear) Shimano Sora, 18 Speed
Brakes Shimano Sora Levers With Promax Decode R Mechanical Disc Brakes, 160mm Rotors
Crankset FSA Omega 48-32 Teeth
Cassette Shimano CS-HG200, 9 Speed, 11-32 Teeth
Chain KMC M99
Hub Front Merida Sealed Bearing Hubs With 12mm Through Axles
Hub Rear Merida Sealed Bearing Hubs With 12mm Through Axles
Rims Merida Comp Cross - 22mm Profile, Disc Only
Tyres Maxxis Gravel 35c Semi Slick Tyre Folding Tyre With Maxxis Silkworm Technology And Puncture Protection
Handlebar Merida Expert Double Butted 6061 Aluminium Compact Drop, Oversize Clamp
Stem Merida Expert, 3d Forged, 6061 Aluminium, Oversize Clamp, -6 Degree
Headset Big Conoid M2334
Saddle Merida Sport
Seatpost Merida Comp In Line 30.9mm
Pedal None incl.
Wheel Size 700c
Number of Gears 18
Approximate Weight 10.1kg (Medium/50cm)



There’s a certain beauty in just riding without watching the time, heading wherever you feel the urge. For those rides, our new SILEX makes total sense; our most comfortable and versatile road bike ever. With its modern MTB inspired geometry; long top and head tube and short stem it offers nimble and confidence inspiring handling.


Our SILEX is a new and exciting concept at MERIDA, creating a bike that is at home in a variety of environments and talks to a broad range of riders. From bikepacking, via commuting all the way to joining the odd chain gang and from pristine tarmac, via gravel tracks all the way to the occasional bit of off-road single track.


Our SILEX is at home pretty much everywhere you can imagine riding your bike.


The key feature of our SILEX concept is the frame and with that the geometry which makes this bike what it is. A very long head tube and long reach combined with a short stem (80/90 mm) and relatively low stand-over-height give a unique riding experience. This leads to a very upright position on the bike which creates less tension in the back and neck area. There are many bikes out there with a so called ‘endurance’ geometry, but the actual difference is very small. Usually, the difference is just a longer head tube and a shorter reach. We have noticed that many customers still put a significant amount of spacers underneath the stem to bring up their position on the bike. This reduces the stiffness noticeably as well as having a negative effect on the clean appearance of the bike. With our new concept, we’ll have a long tapered head tube which makes the use of several spacers obsolete. Not only will the bike look much sportier, but it will have a substantial increase in front end stiffness which is quite important if you take it off-road.


Furthermore, the rider has the opportunity to ride safe and comfortable in the drops which is not that easy on many road bikes. Riding comfortably in the drops provides additional safety on descents (especially on ‘trails’) because you can have better braking control while the centre of gravity is still in a central position on the bike.



The SILEX is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of our road bike range. It is at home on gravel, roads, off-road (with 650b wheels and MTB tyres) and loves adventure riding, bikepacking, touring and commuting. There is no ‘restrictive/real’ category for this bike, leaving the interpretation of the SILEX and its chosen usage in your hands.



The majority of SILEX models are fitted with 1x drivetrains for simplicity, resulting in weight reduction and fewer moving parts. A 1x can deliver 98% of the gear range of a 50-34 compact chainset with an 11-32 road set up.



As standard, the SILEX comes with 35 mm tyres but will happily accommodate up to a 44 mm tyre or a 2.2" 650b wheel.



Lightweight carbon or sophisticated aluminium frame options. Key differences, other than construction materials, are that the carbon frame has a Press-Fit 86 bottom bracket while the triple butted and hydroformed 6066 aluminium frame has a threaded bottom bracket.



Featuring 12 mm bolt through axles for maximum frame stiffness, making wheel alignment much easier when the wheel is put into the frame. The flat mount rear brake is mounted on the chainstay for better dissipation of braking forces and protection from damage. Disc cooler technology draws heat away through CNC-milled cooling fins, particularly important when you are fully loaded.



Maxxis created an exclusive 35c semi-slick tyre with side knobbles for our SILEX that features Maxxis Silkworm technology and puncture protection. Tyres can be inflated to high pressure for fast road riding, or slightly deflated to benefit from the added traction provided by the side knobbles on rougher surfaces.



In line with the design ethos of versatility and go anywhere, the SILEX is available with a wide range of luggage and accessory options including frame bags and big saddle bags. Unique quick mount mudguards are available, the quick mounting adds to the versatility – transfer from fast training bike to winter bike quickly and easily.



  • Shimano Sora 18 speed drivetrain components
  • Promax Decode R mechanical disc brakes
  • Thru axle hubs with sealed bearings
  • Approx. 10.1kg (Medium/50cm)


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Ready to ride
Every bike from Start Fitness is fully checked & assembled before despatch and will arrive, almost, ready to ride. Each bike is assembled by one of our CyTech accredited mechanics and then packed into one of our custom boxes. Minimal assembly, with basic tools, is required before you can ride. Assembly tools are not usually included. More details can be found here.
Please note: Some bikes are not supplied with pedals. Manufacturers don’t know if you want flat or clipless pedals, rather than send the bike with the wrong type, they leave the choice for you to make.
This process has a lead time of around 5 working days
Unfortunately during peak times this may be slightly delayed. We will however, aim to despatch your bike as quickly as possible.
Making sure you are home
Once fully checked and boxed, we will contact you to book a delivery date. Our bikes are despatched on a next working day service (excludes weekends & bank holidays) for UK mainland orders, or a two day service to Northern Ireland and outlying Scottish areas. European bike deliveries usually take approximately one week.
Taking Delivery
Any mechanical or cosmetic issues need to be reported to us within one week of the delivery date. If you do not plan on using the bike straight away, we advise that you remove it from the box and check it over ASAP as we cannot be responsible for any reported issues (other than standard warranty issues) later than one week from the date that the bicycle was delivered.
First Check-Over
After a few weeks of riding (depending on riding style and conditions), a new bike will need a check-over to make final adjustments and to re-check all nuts and bolts. This is necessary as the bike goes through a ‘bedding in’ phase after which, final adjustment may be necessary. We recommend that this is carried out by a CyTech qualified mechanic. It is important to have these checks carried out to prevent any avoidable problems which may not be covered by warranty and to ensure the smooth running of the bicycle.
We can carry out the first check-over free of charge, at our Newcastle store (NE16JE). If you’ve had the bike delivered, it will be your responsibility to get the bicycle to and from our store for this work to be carried out. This complimentary check-over does not include any labour to replace worn parts or to fit new accessories.
All bikes must be booked in for the first service & must be clean or a £15 cleaning charge will be payable. You can book this by calling 0191 255 0801. Proof of purchase will need to be presented when the bicycle is dropped off for the first check-over.
Bike Servicing
Bicycles need to be serviced regularly, as a guideline we would advise on at least one full service per year and/or a standard service twice a year. If the bike is used regularly in adverse conditions, more regular servicing may be required.