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Sidi SDS sole dial thingie(4 posts)

Sidi SDS sole dial thingieVelocipedio
Apr 27, 2002 5:34 PM
The little dial thingie on the sole of one of my Sidi Energy shoes seems to have popped out during a ride today. I never actually use the SDS system, but I need to know (1) am I going to experience problems if I don't replace it right away, (2) can it be replaced?

I can't take the shoes back to where I got them because I got them in another city.

What should I do?
re: Sidi SDS sole dial thingiebiker
Apr 27, 2002 6:09 PM
I also lost the tensioner on one of my shoes. Luckily, the LBS which I purchased the shoes from gave me a replacement for the one that came out. You can purchase them from a shop and well as on the Internet. They come in a vacuum pak of 2 for about $19 ( not cheap ).The key in not loosing them is to keep enough tension on them so indicator marker is somewhat protruding inward into it's cavity. There is yellow painted on one edge of square part (opposite side of spring) of tensioner screw to show position when viewing thru a small triangular hole above tensioner. I also put some duct tape over this unit as a safety precaution.Also it will not hurt shoe if you ride without them. I rode this way for at least a 1000 miles with no problem. The other thing I suggest you do is unscrew heal plate screw and put a dab of blue Locktite on threads and screw back in. A lot of people including myself have lost these as well.

The shops as well as Sidi really need to do a better job of informing customers of these peculiarities.
Does the tensioner actually DO anything?Velocipedio
Apr 28, 2002 5:13 AM
I have been experimenting with it for some time and I can't feel any difference between "rigid" and "standard."
Does the tensioner actually DO anything?Ian
Apr 28, 2002 3:15 PM
It is an on / off system, there is no in between. With the SDS turned all the way against the sole, it is about 10% stiffer. Once it is off the sole, even by a millimeter, it is back to normal stiffness. Which is the same stiffness as all of Sidi's other road shoes.

So, it is best to keep the SDS dial turned about halfway into the indicator window. That way it won't fall out.

Sidi places sample soles into their better dealers and although it is tough to tell a difference on a full shoe, you can feel it on just the sole.