First Look: Sidi’s new Dragon 4 and SD15 mountain biking shoes

Highlights from Sidi's 2016 collection with high tech features

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The Sidi Dragon 4 features two Tecno 3 micro adjust dials for getting just the right fit and retails for $399.99.

The Sidi Dragon 4 features two Tecno 3 micro adjust dials for getting just the right fit and retails for $399.99 (click to enlarge).

Sidi is one of the most well known brands in cycling shoes and they continue to innovate and bring hot looking shoes to the category, despite an influx of new players to the market. Highlighted here are two all new models for 2016, the Dragon 4 and the SD 15 mountain bike shoes. Also read about how Sidi is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Sidi Dragon 4

New for 2016 is the Dragon 4 mountain bike shoe with their SRS carbon composite sole. It has two Sidi Tecno 3 precision ratchet closures so you can independently micro-adjust the fit across the forefoot and toe area. The carbon sole is efficient and since the Sidi durability is legendary, the sole is replaceable when you final do wear it out. There are holes for two toe spikes which are sold separately. The Dragon 4 also has an adjustable heel retention device to help eliminate heel lift for optimized pedaling efficiency. The Dragon 4 is available in yellow/black (shown) or all black and comes in full sizes from 39 to 48 and half sizes from 39.5 to 46.5. Retail price is $399.99 and it is available from your local Sidi dealer now.

The Sidi SD 15 features  an "outdoor" oriented sole and retails for $199.99.

The Sidi SD 15 features an “outdoor” oriented sole and retails for $199.99 (click to enlarge).

Sidi SD 15

Also brand new for 2016 is the Sidi SD 15 shoe with an “outdoor” oriented sole. What that means is that the sole is made of high performance rubber and has a good balance of density for variable trail conditions. It has been designed to provide excellent grip, even for those times when you have to hike-a-bike. The tread is also made to expel mud and debris. The SD 15 also features Sidi’s Tecno 3 precision ratchet closures for dialing in a secure fit. There is a reinforced heel cup that stabilizes and reinforces the heel. The heel cup also provides additional protection in case you crash. The SD 15 is available in black (shown) and comes in full sizes from 38 to 48. Retail price is $199.99 and it is available now.

Sidi is donating 100% of their profits on select womens shoes for the month of October.

Sidi is donating 100% of their profits on select womens shoes for the month of October (click to enlarge).

Sidi supports Breast Cancer Awareness month

For the month of October, Sidi is showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month by donating 100% of their profits on select womens models to the National Cancer Institute to fund research. The models included in this program are the Drako Womens (mtb), the Wire Air Women (road) and the Genius Fit Women (road).

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Chris says:

    For those considering this shoe – a piece of advice. DO NOT BUY THESE SHOES, THEY’RE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. And the manufacturer doesn’t stand behind their warranty either.

    I bought a pair these recently, and after five rides of ~9 miles each, with very minimal scrambling, parts of the rubber tread were already disintegrating and falling off. I tried to get the $200 refunded under what should clearly be a defect/failure of the shoe, and Sidi’s distributor in the US refused to honor their warranty, claiming lamely it was ‘normal wear and tear’

    Even were these shoes not defective, they are not well-suited to avid all-mountain or XC riding in my opinion, lacking way too much lateral stiffness, and have only marginal stiffness in the forefoot. I found that the easily lose 30-40% of the pedaling efficiency I would have expected these to have, based on the description and Sidi’s normal shoe stiffness. The insole is thin chintz that doesn’t help isolate much pedal feel either, although pedal feel isn’t harsh and painful, but it’s enough to diminish energy levels.

    The uppers are very pliable and stretchy, with little to no water resistance, so they’re not great for any wet environments, as they sop up water like no tomorrow. Sidi’s BOA knockoff is decent for cinching the fit down on the shoe, but doesn’t feel as solid as the original tech, nor does the cable feel like it’s stainless steel wire as the BOA enclosure systems are, but some form of nylon/poly blend. I’d have rather they just used this cinch system the whole way down the shoe, since the Velcro strap seems to do little to lock the forefoot area snugly.

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