Sidi Dragon 2 SRS Carbon Shoes Pro Review

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I was reluctant to get any dirt on these beauties, because they are so blingy. The white Lorica goes well with just about any kit on race day or on a club run with your mates. So, white leather be damned, they WERE going to get dirty. Nevertheless, they garnered many compliments from my riding pals and gave me added incentive to ride.

On my favorite afternoon dirt ride, there’s about 8 miles of bike path to pedal before hitting the dirt. While on the path, the shoes felt VERY close to the Sidi Genius 6.6 road shoes I just tested. I could have easily kept going on the pavement for the duration of the ride…had it not been for the squishy 45psi I was riding on, I might have forgotten I was on a cyclocross bike. Once on the trial, the shoes were flawless. Just enough rigidity in the sole for efficient power transfer, yet a slight bit of ‘flex’ when I needed to dismount and run or hop a log.

In competition, the Dragon 2’s were fantastic. I have been doing a bit of racing around the local cyclocross scene, and where my skills & speed are lacking, I definitely feel like I’ve got “one up” on the competition…with the slick-looking and superior shoes on my feet. There have been times where a longer toe cleat cleat would come in handy. I have since purchased some steel cleats to mount to the toe of the Dragon 2’s. I’m sure they’ll come in handy for the next race. It’s sure to be a wet one!

This shoe meets all the needs of a fashion conscious, rider who enjoys efficiency in an easy-to-use shoe for long or short rides. I, myself, am a slave to cycling fashion. That being said, I like to keep my gear clean, tidy and well aligned. The only issue I have with the shoe is upon removal, the Tecno II buckle seems to jam. The only way I can get the buckle system to release is by holding the detention tab, and reversing the Tecno II dial. Perhaps a bit of lubrication will help. I’ll check the manual!

In my opinion, the outstanding features of the Dragon 2 are the enclosure system and the amazing SRS sole. That enclosure system offers on-the-fly adjustability and security. The Sidi Dragon 2 SRS lies 2nd from the top of the Sidi mountain shoe hierarchy. Built on the ‘Sidi SRS sole’, is a full-length carbon insert. With one ‘High Security Velcro’ lower closure, one ‘Tecno II buckle’, at the mid-foot and ‘Caliper Buckle’ ratcheting, top enclosure, and the ‘Adjustable Heel Cup System’, it is likely that this shoe will fit almost any foot like a glove. Added features include replaceable Tecno II buckle, Caliper buckle and Caliper Buckle strap.

That amazing SRS sole offers replaceable heel & toe pads, as well as replaceable SRS tread. All of this, mounted to the SRS carbon sole, offers great tread for walking, running, barrier jumping, running from the park rangers or just chillin at the local coffee shop. With a full Lorica upper, the shoe is supple & comfortable. The mesh ventilates the foot well, too, in that on the hottest days during use (approaching triple digits), my feet never felt overheated. If you are a slave to fashion (like me), you will probably want your white leather to look, well…WHITE. Fortunately, this shoe comes clean with a soft finger-brush and mild soap.

It’s quite clear to me that this shoe was designed with the intention to suit a rider with high expectation for performance, reliability, and longevity. Function aside; we posers are in love with the smooth lines and flashy design of this shoe…even if it is a ‘mountain bike shoe’.

This shoe meets all the needs of a fashion conscious, rider who enjoys efficiency in an easy-to-use shoe for long or short rides. I, myself, am a slave to cycling fashion. That being said, I like to keep my gear clean, tidy and well aligned. The only issue I have with the shoe is upon removal, the Tecno II buckle seems to jam. The only way I can get the buckle system to release is by holding the detention tab, and reversing the Tecno II dial. Perhaps a bit of lubrication will help. I’ll check the manual!

In conclusion, I am really enjoying these Dragon 2 SRS shoes. I think it could be a near-perfect shoe with a little more attention given to the Tecno II buckle system and perhaps some kind of “spray guard” or “mud repellent” designed to deflect mud/dirt. That being said, this shoe is amazing! Overall, I would consider purchasing this shoe again. Perhaps, however, in the blingy-shiny version: Dragon 2 SRS Carbon Vernice…in white, of course.

Overall
4¾ chilis…near perfection.
Value

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  • bark says:

    Just an FYI, CX was developed with its running, run-ups, and barriers as a way to get the heart rate up during the cold months, but keep the wind chill factor to a minimum. Riding hard on the road produced lots of cold wind hitting the body.

  • Rocket! says:

    An insightful hypothesis…but I think you might be over-analyzing the methodology of a cyclocross course. Check this link: http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/cyclocross/Intro_CX.htm

    I think you’ll find that there has been a natural evolution of cyclocross as a sport.

    Thanks for the FYI, however! Ride hard or ride home!

  • bark says:

    So, because one “historian” didn’t mention that the guy rode on dirt roads in the winter to reduce wind chill makes my statement an over analyzation. I see.

    Why didn’t he ride on paved roads in the winter?

  • European American says:

    Couple things, but first, thanks for your report. I too have a pair of these shoes and am quite pleased with their performance thus far. You said “The only way I can get the buckle system to release is by holding the detention tab, and reversing the Tecno II dial. Perhaps a bit of lubrication will help. I’ll check the manual!” I’ve also got a pair of the Sidi Ergo’s for road and since day one I’ve always had to release the buckle system that way. Isn’t that the technique? And you said “The Sidi Dragon 2 SRS lies 2nd from the top of the Sidi mountain shoe hierarchy.” what is above it? I thought it was the top of the line model? Certainly the most expensive mt. shoe they carry…right?

  • Rocket! says:

    The Sidi MTB Dragon 2 Carbon SRS Vernice is the top-of-the-line shoe. Chek it!
    http://www.SidiSport.com

    RR

  • Rocket! says:

    Bark: I think you are onto something there with the philosophy of “riding dirt roads”. It’s definitely a great workout and produces less wind chill. My deduction of your hypothesis was leaning more toward the inclusion of barriers and what-not. While not a historian on cyclocross, by any means, I do enjoy reading about the history of cyclocross. If you read the article, it’s quite interesting. I’ve seen some ‘cross pics from the 1920′s & 1930′s; they’re quite amazing.

    R!

  • hardmtnbiker says:

    MSRP $ 429?
    Need I say more.

  • colinago says:

    I thought this was an article about the shoe not about cyclocross.

  • Francois says:

    I have the older Dragons and they still work fine after 3 years. After the first month though, they were a bit scuffed up. This shoe is white and I’d like to see it after 10 or 100 mtb rides.

  • john habanero says:

    I’ll take mine in black, thanks

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