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A very select few Sidi-sponsored athletes debuted a couple of new products from the Italian shoemaker over the weekend. We caught a glimpse of the next generation Sidi Tiger mountain bike shoes as we were checking out bike tech at the XCO World Championships. Getting off to a good start in the first race, Nino Schurter won the elite men’s championship in the Tigers’ first outing, with Julien Absalon rounding out the podium in third with the only other pair at the event.

Of course the key difference to the current Drako is the relocation of the Sidi’s Techno-3 Push dial system and the reworking of the tongue shaping. For a mountain biker this small shift could make for much better crash protection and long-term durability. But as we also saw Chris Froome riding le Tour over the weekend in a very similar Sidi Shot road version, crash protection could be a good benefit on the road too. Take a closer look after the jump…

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The dials themselves do not look to change, but their orientation is rotated to make them easy to use and so that they do not interfere with each other in the closer spacing on the tongue. Bringing the dials to the center of the shoe will go a long way towards reducing crash damage. Pretty much anytime you lay the bike down on the trail or on the road the outside of the shoe is the first thing to come in contact with the ground, and while I haven’t specifically broken any of Sidi’s dials, I have packed a few with mud and have seen a few scraped on the asphalt. Even not crashing, riding trails it isn’t so rare to hit a rock or tree with a shoe, and moving the dials out of harms way is a welcome move.

As a side benefit, one of my personal pet peeves about my Sidis over the years has been when sitting cross-legged on the ground post ride, either the dial or previous generation buckles would press on the ground making sitting like that uncomfortable. I guess that will no longer be an issue. One issue that may arise with the new layout is fit for riders with low volume feet. The current generation offers a lot of adjustability with the soft instep strap, and now with more of a limitation because of the width of the dials on the tongue, some riders may have to move to narrow sizes that previously didn’t have to. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to try them out once they are available to the public.

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At the same time while we were scoping the new Sidi Tigers in the Czech Republic, Chris Froome was racing on the other side of Europe in the road-going version called the Sidi Shot at the Tour de France. The Shots and Tigers look to share all of the same tech much like the current Drako and Wire, just with their trail and road specific carbon soles with replaceable tread blocks.

No word yet on pricing or availability, but we expect to find out more at Eurobike.

SidiSport.com

8 COMMENTS

  1. Ahhhh! The Wires looked better than these new ones. At least when these go on sale there will be fire sales on Wires.

  2. It makes sense to move the adjusters on the tongue as your a lot less likely to damage it during a crash (or just brushing up against a rock in MTB).

    I have wires and I really like them. I’ve had them going on 3 seasons and they still work fine. They hold up so much better than a certain yellow French brand.

    • I had the top shoes from a Certain Yellow French Brand and they held up admirably. In fact, I retired them after four years of intensive use purely out of vanity – and they were still as stiff and solid as the first day, unlike their successors from a Big Blue Japanese Conglomerate.

  3. Good looking shoe. However…maybe it’s just me…but Sidi’s dial system still looks unnecessarily complicated with too many moving parts for what should quick adjustments on the fly or ease of replacement compared to the BOA standard. Also…I used to love the the narrow Euro fit of my Sidi, Gaerne, Northwave shoes but now I realize the the wider fit of Lake and Bont shoes undoubtedly keep your feet happier for the longer rides. Just wish those wide brands could hire a designer that could make their offering more aesthetically pleasing…that or the aesthetically pleasing companies could offer their high end models in a wider last. Lol.

  4. @Raizo

    You do know that Sidi offers both the Ergo 4 and Genius Fit in the wider versions. And I will tell you that the Sidi Wire system is as simple as you could want. And if you ever need to replace a part on a Sidi, (i never have had anything break) it is very simple.

    Sidi has been around for more than 50 years as the shoe leader for a reason. Would never even think of something else for my feet.

  5. @Dave

    Thanks for the comments. I am aware that Sidi offers the Ergo 4 in mega fit. However for me there’s 3 main problems.

    Problem #1. I guess I should mention that I run a size 39 shoe and in general the wider fit range doesn’t go down that low. Make length sacrifices to get width generally results in a sloppy heel fit.

    Problem #2. Sidi’s extra width is only 4mm. In contrast my size 39 Lake CX 402 shoes in the wider model is 15mm more than the regular. In my Bont Vaypor S…which are ugly as sin by the way lol…the difference is approximately 11-20mm more which for me is more in line with what I’m after these days when I spec a wider model.

    Problem #3. In general — given the current economy — I’ve found that most of my local bike shops usually won’t even stock full size runs, especially so at the smaller end, of the normal width…so a full size range in the mega line is definitely out of the question. In turn this basically makes the mega final sale blind special order that I’m stuck with even if it isn’t wide enough. I’m also not too keen on ordering cycling shoes online then dealing with the return/exchange process.

    Don’t get me wrong. Sidi makes a great product for the majority. I have their Crossfire 2 SRS motocross boots and they’re hands down the best. Also wish more companies designed footwear around the replaceable parts model like they do. However they just don’t tick all the boxes for me these days for their cycling footwear.

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