Merida unveils a one-of-a-kind Silex gravel bike honoring Matej Mohorič's World Championship win

The Merida Matej Mohorič Gravel World Championships rainbow Silex
Matej Mohorič won the Gravel World Championships on the latest Silex gravel bike (Image credit: Merida)

Merida has had a busy few months, including the launch of its latest additions to its e-MTB range – the brand new Merida eOne-Sixty and eOne-Forty models. Merida also late last year announced the update of its popular and best gravel bike contender – the Silex.

The Silex has been around since 2018 and the second generation Silex gravel bike boasts revised geometry, increased tire clearance, and leans more towards bikepacking and multi-surface adventure riding. 

However, the Silex proved its versatility and racing pedigree at the World Gravel Championships back in October last year as Slovenian rider Matej Mohorič who survived a late crash, soloed to victory, claiming the rainbow jersey on the yet then-unreleased Merida gravel machine. 

It was a real milestone in not only Matej Mohorič's career but also for Merida. To celebrate the Silex taking such an important win, Merida has gone back to the drawing board and created a very special one-off Gravel World Championships Silex.

Rainbow details on the Merida Matej Mohorič Gravel World Championships Silex

The famous rainbow jersey colorway appears as a spiral shape on the top tube (Image credit: Merida)

Mohorič has been involved in the project from the very beginning, and spoke of his excitement in creating this unique special edition, saying, "I love my new Silex, everything about it. Every time I ride it, it reminds me of why I started cycling and how happy it makes me. I also love my Reacto, but sometimes, I almost see it as my work tool. Silex is different. I ride gravel for fun and adventure, and this bike brings out new emotions in me. Not only the focus and commitment to be the best athlete I can be but also the pure joy of riding and feeling alive and connected to nature. I'm proud to be the current World Champion and can't wait to show off the beautiful paint job at this year's gravel races. It's really exciting!"

Side view of the Merida Gravel World Championships Silex

The Silex has a stone-like finish, which represents Silex – the Latin word for stone, pebble or flint  (Image credit: Merida)

The World Championship Silex features the famous rainbow jersey colorway but in a spiral shape, positioned on the top tube and inside the fork. Instead of being rounded, the spiral has sharp edges and straight lines, reflecting the modern and hard-edged design of the new Silex. The bike also has a stone-like finish, which represents the meaning of the word Silex – the Latin word for stone, pebble, or flint. The finish looks very similar to the Ribble Gravel bikes with hand-painted rock and stone-inspired colorways.

Other design features include the MOHO signature on the fork leg and the owl on the top tube. The owl and its 'tools' have important significance to Matej and are a key part of his input on the design. The owl and the textbook underneath symbolize wisdom and science – key elements that are close to Matej's heart. Elsewhere, the rake refers to his upbringing on a farm, and the walking cane refers to Matej's love for style and fashion.

The owl, tools and the textbook logo on the Merida Matej Mohorič Gravel World Championships Silex gravel bike

The owl, tools and the textbook are a nod to Mohorič's upbringing and values (Image credit: Merida)

Finally, above the bottom bracket, the Silex carries Matej's full name, the location and distance of his Gravel Worlds victory, and the all-important #rideforGino hashtag, a key message for Matej and the entire Team Bahrain Victorious which remembers the tragic loss of Gino Mäder who died following a high-speed crash at the Tour de Suisse last year.

Close up details of the Merida Matej Mohorič Gravel World Championships rainbow Silex

The special edition Silex includes a tribute to Matej Mohorič's Team Bahrain Victorious teammate Gino Mäder who died while racing last year (Image credit: Merida)

Matej Mohorič will race the Silex special edition in gravel events across the year. For more information on the Silex and all things Merida check out Merida-bikes.com.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.


Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm