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Info on SIDI Energy(13 posts)

Info on SIDI EnergyDo you like?
Aug 21, 2001 7:32 PM
Thinking about putting down some of my hard earned cash on some of these, $120 to be exact. What has been your experience with these shoes? Any info is appreciated. Thanks
I would buy the Shadow instead.42/52 Kelly
Aug 21, 2001 9:17 PM
Had one red buckle piece come off while riding. The sole tension adjuster is not really necessary. If I can find a good deal I will buy the Shadow, it is every bit as good without the gimicks.
Careful about shadows...Sawyer
Aug 22, 2001 6:51 AM
I've been using them for about 2 years now. The problem with this model is that they already stopped manufacturing them. The front rigid strap on one gave and seperated into two pieces. What's worst is that most of the shop don't carry this stuff and had to order it. If you're planning to order one at your LBS, ask them if they would order it immediately or will they have to wait until their stocks are low and then order. I had to wait for them for about a month for the LBS to order their new stock. I would suggest going with the Genius 3. Simple, no gimmick and with the new microlock strap and ratchet. I still feel comfortable with these setup (my dominator mtb shoes). Anybody know how to convert these to velcro straps???..just my .02
They still make them but they are not imported into the USA.42/52 Kelly
Aug 22, 2001 7:04 AM
Parker International has spare parts for the Sidi line for much less than the gouging American importer (Jonathan Boyer).
re: Info on SIDI EnergyAvanti Guy
Aug 21, 2001 9:18 PM
I own a pair and they are great!
I tried on all the top of the line Time, Shimano, Nike, Carnac, and Sidi shoes. The Sidi ones felt great on my feet, bike shoes are a personal thing so find a store that sells lots of brands, try them all on and one should stand out from the others. Try to steer clear of gimmicks, I really wanted the Time shoes with the strong sole but they didnt feel good. So as I said, try them all on and buy whatever feels good.
re: Info on SIDI EnergyMikeC
Aug 22, 2001 6:08 AM
I've been using them for about six weeks. They are the most comfortable road shoes I've ever owned, and I've grown to love the closure system.
The "fishing line" system allows a more precise adjustment than velcro, and I love the precision of the ratchet. For the first two weeks I was frustrated by the extra thirty seconds it took to put the shoes on or take them off (spoiled by velcro!), but I've now adapted to it and don't think about it any more.
I have experienced the "Energy Creak" discussed on this board recently. It went away after one or two days, and I suspect it had something to do with the cleats or adapter plate.
I do find a difference in the stiffness adjustment.
Yes, I would buy them again.
Don't need all that stuffCRM
Aug 22, 2001 7:12 AM
As someone else noted, shoes are a very personal choice so pick the ones that you're most comfortable in. I have the Energies and they were the most comfortable at the bike store and they're still pretty comfortable.

I really don't think the majority of its features are necessary, though. The sole-stiffness adjuster is completely unnecessary because the sole is super-stiff even without it. Likewise, the mechanical adjusters down the foot are kinda overkill and I don't think they provide any more precise a fit than simply tightening a velcro strap. The ratcheting buckle at the top of the shoe, however, is a wonderful feature.

If you can really get them for $120, then go for it because that's an unbelievable price. But for my money, you get just as good a shoe with the SIDI Genius 3, just without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles.
Don't need all that stuffJack S
Aug 22, 2001 7:49 AM
Agree.... sole stiffeners? please. BTW, G3 is being Dc'ed, G4 to be out soon. Still, you won't find G3s for $120 even on sale.
Any info onthe G4?Spokeman
Aug 22, 2001 8:40 AM
You know anything about the new model? I hope Sidi finally comes to its senses and comes out with a carbon sole. I love the fit of my Sidi shoes but think the sole is too flexy, at least by today's standards.
Don't need all that stuffMike K
Aug 22, 2001 8:46 AM
You can get Genius 3's for $105 via a Euro retailer like - and probably less than $100 if you look hard enough. I would go with the Genius rather than the Energy - less gimicks, lighter, and less stuff to break. Love both my genius 3's and my dominatiors - just make sure the Sidi last fits you foot otherwise all of this is academic...
but you're S.O.L. if you need 1/2 sizesS.O.L.
Aug 22, 2001 11:07 AM
that goes for total, zonabici, sdeals, etc. etc. etc.
recommendation for the SIDI Energy 2001Lardog
Aug 22, 2001 11:43 AM
I'm a Sidi only rider, came from the Sidi with one buckle and turning thing, carbon sole. They lasted like champs and still road worthy, especially with othotics. Now I wear the Energy 2001 with two turning things and a newer improved buckle. I love them and recommend them strongly. I got them from Zonabici for over $50 bucks less than anywhere in the U.S. brand new.
re: Info on SIDI EnergyIan
Aug 23, 2001 6:01 AM
The Energy - The sole adjuster works. At its softest setting, the sole is as stiff as a Genius sole. At its stiffest, it is about 10% stiffer. The Techno 2 Buckles (fishing line) do allow for better adjustment of fit. Look at it this way, you start the ride and after a warmup, go to tighten your shoes. With the buckles, you will know exactly how much you have tightened them. With Velcro, you have to release all of the tension and then pull closed again. Now, is the Velcro tighter and if so, by how much

Carbon soles - Sidi will not make a carbon sole. There is such a thing as a sole that is to stiff. A sole that does not have some give to it is bad for blood flow to the foot.

US Distributor - Jonathon Boyer? Who is that? The only US distributer is Veltec.

Buying from, etc. - You do not get a US warranty with these shoes. I hope the company you purchased them from is easy to deal with or you speak Italian. And the phone call to Italy plus shipping will cost much more than any money you had saved. When you buy in the US a run to your LBS or a call to Veltec takes care of any problems.

And by the way, I have the Energy, it is a great shoe.