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Sidi Shoes(13 posts)

Sidi Shoeszooog
Aug 11, 2002 2:29 AM
Time to update and upgrade shoes. Been looking at Sidi Shoes. Specifically the Genius 4 or the Dominator 4 ( for recessed cleat) Any thoughts/comments/experiences with these shoes. Thanks
re: Sidi Shoesfiltersweep
Aug 11, 2002 4:05 AM
Use locktite on the heel caps if you have any intention of keeping them on the shoes! I really like the idea of "user replaceable" parts, but that means everything is screwed on. I've had a bunch of small parts fall of my shoes (including the sole tensioners on the Energy).

Try them on before buying them- don't fall for a great online offer if you question their fit. Sidi sizing is inconsistant with other companies.
re: agreed...Akirasho
Aug 11, 2002 6:03 AM
... just to clarify a bit... use BLUE Loctite on the heel cap screws (I was out on a near maiden voyage on my first pair of G3's when I unclipped at a stop light... and noticed that my foot "felt" funny... there was the cap... with the screw still inside... sitting next to my foot... that was lucky). Blue Loctite will allow you to remove said srcew when necessary to replace the heel.

Grease your cleat mount bolts.

My only cycling shoe experience has been Sidi... but nary a problem (running two sets of D2's one G3 and one G4) and I highly recommend them for fit, finish and durability.

Note too that Sidi sells slightly different products in differnt world markets. If you're adventuresome, you can sometimes find shoes that are rare to the US (assuming you're in the US). The only caveat is that you might void any warranty claim (at least through the US vendor Veltec) but my shoes have been rock solid.

My last pair were G4's... that I bought overseas from Parker International. I wear a size 49 which is hard to find anyways... but Parker hooked me up for a song (while they look similar to Energys sold in the US... they are G4's).

Lastly, do make sure they fit. While I swear by Sidi, I recognize that some feet will not agree with their lasts. Ultimately, your feet will tell you what's what.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Sidi Shoesrtyszko
Aug 11, 2002 7:41 AM
Sidi rock. I've used the Dominator 4 road shoe for a year in all kinds of cruddy weather and they show no signs of wearing out. I will buy another pair for sure. I think that either Excel or Performance has the Dominator 4 on sale right now.

Bob Tyszko
re: Sidi ShoesGMS
Aug 11, 2002 7:59 AM
There's a Dominator 4 road shoe? Sidi's site only shows MTB Dominators.
Sidi vs. NikeLone Gunman
Aug 11, 2002 10:16 AM
In the same boat Zooog. Went to the LBS to check out shoes because I refuse to buy something as fit dependant to work as shoes are via e.tail. Tried on the Nike Pogio and while it felt okay on the left, the right was short and I would need the next size up which may have left the the left shoe sloppy, but overall they might break in and mold to my foot some, for $150, it should fit like a glove and be comfortable out of the box IMHO. My other 2 high end choices were Carnac and Sidi. Tried on the Sidi G4 silver mesh model with the tensioner strap and there was no comparison to the Nike. The toe box is constructed differently from sole to top(toe wiggle room and socks do not contact the top or front of box, hence no holes in socks) and it is squared off as compared to Nike. The soles were very comfortable fit to my foot and I could immediately justify spending an additional $25 over the Nike for a better fitting shoe. Didn't like the design of the Sidi Energy; looked like fat fishing line to me, I want straps.
Nike made by DMTCT1 Guy
Aug 11, 2002 11:41 AM
Nike are made by DMT - who also make the top line shoes for Look, Shimano, Pearl Izumi - look at the soles and see what I mean - just buy the DMT's - classy Italian shoes but without the premium price for the brand - particularly the Nikes.
Nike made by DMTLone Gunman
Aug 11, 2002 12:02 PM
DMT?? I don't know of any LBSes carrying DMT, the Nike did not fit well like Sidi and like I said, if I can't try them on I won't buy them by e.tail. Plus the LBS had the Sidi for $175 no tax. Most I have seen on line have Sidi@ $189+tax+ship.
re: Sidi ShoesGeekRoadie
Aug 11, 2002 11:16 AM
My Sidi's have served me well. I run the MEGA width G4's and have not had any problems with comfort. I forget that they are even on my feet. The insoles are of the el cheapo variety but work well for me. The shoes are built well and dry up pretty quickly for my back-to-back day rides. The only minor complaint is the toe area on the outsole tends to get scuffed up pretty badly. Easy fix is getting some "3M Indoor/Outdoor Tread" tape (a tip I picked up from this site).

As far as pedal/shoe combos go...
Speedplays and Sidi's are a match made in heaven.

Sidi = Fantastic fit & performancecoonass
Aug 11, 2002 5:48 PM
I have 2 Sidi Mesh (G3 &G4), 1 Dominator 4 and 1 Sidi FREEZE....LOVE THEM!.....Blue LOCTITE is good for the Heel screws, but DO NOT USE LOCTITE (Blue or any other 'flavor') on the 2002 Buckle screws...the buckle will DISINTEGRATE !! I went through 2 sets of buckles on the G4 and finally Sidi told me what was going on with the Locktite (they replaced the buckles, no charge)
Funny you should mention that....Lone Gunman
Aug 11, 2002 6:38 PM
The pair that I tried on in the LBS, the buckle had already fallen off and the buckle and screw were laying in the box. So what keeps the buckle screw in place in no loctite is used?
Wrong thread locking compound...DavidS
Aug 11, 2002 7:42 PM
Regular Loctite will eat certain ABS, PVC, and CPVC plastics. There is a special "Loctite" product for use in plastic applications. The Loctite attacks the plastic (usually ABS) and will cause it to become brittle or soft depending on the plastic/poly involved.

-David S
Another thread locking compound I use.jromack
Aug 12, 2002 8:18 AM
I haven't tried it on my Sidi shoes yet, but its applied to the screw threads and allowed to dry before you install the screws.

I use it on a lot of other fasteners on my bike.