3 Jan 2024

SILEX and ONE-SIXTY on the top of the Offroad.cc product of the year list


The new SILEX, as well as the ONE-SIXTY, both scored highly when reviewed by the Offroad.cc team at the end of last year; in fact, they were so highly regarded that they both made it onto the ‘Gear of the Year - our favourite tech from 2023’ list put together by the editorial team.

Our full aluminium ONE-SIXTY 500 won the ‘best mountain bike of the year category’. It was not just praised for offering “fantastic trail manners through its clever geometry and incredibly well-sorted suspension kinematic” but also for its ability to “truly ascend as proficiently as it descends while offering a character that remains lively and fun even when the trails are 100 per cent gnar”. Great feedback indeed, and a worthy winner of this highly sought-after accolade. For a more in-depth review of the ONE-SIXTY 500, please click here.

Besides the outstanding impression the ONE-SIXTY 500 left with the editorial team, it was also the new SILEX that left its mark with the Offroad.cc crew. Its updated geometry and well-thought-out equipment make it “excel on both technical terrain and smoother pavement”. The team were blown away by its ability to “combine the racy and rowdy qualities of its rivals and the result is one of the best gravel bikes on the market”. For the detailed first-ride review of the top-level SILEX 10K, please click here.  

The team concluded by saying that “Merida is hands down the most underrated bike manufacturer on the planet and it makes no sense as the brand’s bike portfolio is brimming with rock-solid, top-rated options for all disciplines”, feedback we sign entirely up to, as our current range does not just cater for the discerning gravel or enduro racer but also offers outstanding products for road riders, les gravel orientated mountain bikers, commuters and e-bike fans.

For the full ‘Gear of the Year - our favourite tech from 2023’ article, please click here.

For further details on the new SILEX, please check out the dedicated micro page, and for the ONE-SIXTY, please click here.

To find out more about the two tested models, please click the link underneath DISCOVER THE BIKE.