The Epic shoe re-writes the book when it comes to style, performance and comfort. Its aggressive cross country racing design combined with several outstanding features make it the leader of the pack. The shoe is constructed of breathable mesh to help keep your feet cool. It has two hook and loop closure straps which serve to complement the quality metal ratchet with quick release button for on-the-fly adjustments. The extra ridged nylon outsole with reinforced heel cup will ensure that little energy is wasted when you are in motion.
a Cross Country Rider
from Milford, MI USA
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2011
Strengths: The jury is still out.
Weaknesses: Poor manufacturing quality of soles, lugs are hard plastic
I asked for and received these shoes as a Christmas gift, 2010. Though the initial impression was that the shoes offered a high value to cost ratio, this turned out not to be so. In April I broke in the shoes on a on a 4-day tour of the White Rim trail in Moab UT. Though they were comfortable and the soles stiff enough, the lugs were too hard and slipped easily on hard rock surfaces. Back home in Michigan all seemed well enough - no hard rock here to scramble over. But just a few weeeks into the riding season the lugs began to separate from the soles. The shoes were returned to Price Point for exchange, which took over four weeks to get a replacement pair. I have not had a chance to use them yet. I noticed the uppers are now made from imitation rather than real leather, soles still appear the same materials as before. I'll give them a second chance. With several others reporting the same lug separation issues I'm hopeful Sette has noticed and taken steps to solve their manufacturing problems.
Similar Products Used: Louis Garneau entry level MTB shoe, 4 years, same pair
Bike Setup: 26" alum. & 29" steel hardtails
a Weekend Warrior
from Temecula, CA
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011
Strengths: Price. Doesn't have gawdy colors.
Weaknesses: Harder tread compound.
Up front note: I returned these shoes because they were too small. I didn't ride in them, so this is a review of my first impressions.
I was looking for my first stiff soled, "racing" type MTB shoe. The Settes had good reviews and the price was right. I am a size 11 and according to the Price Point website, the Euro equivalent is 45. Another size 11 commented the size 45 fit him, so I ordered a size 45.
I had high hopes for these shoes. They had a great spec for the price. Upon opening the box, they looked great...then I tried them on. The size 45 is a tad too small...darn! My big toe was just touching the end. The width was also a little tighter than I'd like for my just wider than normal foot width. Next I ran my finger over the tread and it just seemed too hard to provide the traction I'd need for rock scrambling. Another strike against the shoe.
These negatives sealed the deal and I returned these shoes. If I had ordered a size 46, then maybe they would have worked. Now I'm on the hunt for a different shoe. I like the rubbery hardness of the Shimano soles. I just need to find a reasonably priced Shimano that is all black.
a Weekend Warrior
from Newbury Park, CA
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011
Strengths: Fit well. Ratcheting system seems to hold up. Don't stretch too much during the ride.
Weaknesses: Glue that holds the cleats started coming undone within a month of buying them.
I bought these about 4 months ago. They fit extremely well although I was not that thrilled with the color. Ok, vanity aside. The cleats are glued over protrusions that extend out from the sole. The glue that holds the rear cleats on came undone almost immediately. This was not that big a deal. I try to minimize the amount of walking I do when on my bike, but this weekend the cleats underneath the toes came apart as well and those do come in handy at times. Also, the ratchet strap is not adjustable like with other shoes. I don't believe I have narrow feet but I could not further tighten the straps. These 2 issues combined spurred me to return the shoes.
Bike Setup: Titus El Guapo, Fox Talas RLC 160mm, CCDB, I9 wheels
a Cross Country Rider
from Denton, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2011
Strengths: Initial quality is great, stiff, breathable, good ratchet system
Within my first couple of rides, the stitching around the mesh had a hole in it. Within 1 year the tread on the bottom has broken off, the ratchet closure has broken and will not stay in place, and the connections for the cleats has stripped. While this has great initial quality, the durability just does not hold up. I am going to try a different brand for hopefully better durability.
Strengths: Durability, looks, comfort, warmth in the cold months here and surprisingly well ventilation in our summer months!
I ride year round in the PNW and these shoes have seen it all. I have never been so impressed with biking shoes before. Usually they only last me ONE season of riding (I ride a lot), but these things work just as well now after hundreds and hundreds of hellish All Mountain miles in the rain, sun and snow!!! They have scuffs and battle scars, but they aren't falling apart in any sense of the word. Not a stitch out of place and the cam-buckle system works perfectly still. I LOVE Sette products... yes, you can buy lighter and "cooler" looking shoes, but I would rather save my hard earned cash. When they do finally die, I have another pair waiting in their box ready to go!
Similar Products Used: FLATS... this is my first time riding clipless
Bike Setup: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper Expert
Rockshox Tora 318 solo air
wellgo ( cheapo) clipless pedals
ODI lock-on grips
Alligator Ti-nit rotors
Kenda Nevegal up front
Hutchinson Toro in the rear
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2010
Strengths: Shoe fits great on my foot, no slip and not too tight either.
Shoe seems nice and stiff, and looks to be built well.
The ratchet strap is nice, I like it a lot better than the mtb shoes that just have velcro.
Weaknesses: I would like a little more color on them. (Not really all that bad anyway)
Based off this initial review, they seem great! I wear a size 10-10.5 with normal tennis shoes and the size 44 in these fit like a glove. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a good mtb shoe for a good price. There is a lot of tread on the bottom to help carry the bike around when no mounted. (Comes with spikes for the front if you like them) The only thing I would like to see is some color on the shoes besides just black and gray. They also seem like they will breath decently.
Similar Products Used: Tested Shimano M076 mtb shoes.
Bike Setup: '09 Rockhopper Comp Disc. Using Time ATAC Alum pedals with the Sette shoes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Westlake Village, CA
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2009
Strengths: wide toebox, metal ratchet system, stiff sole, slightly softer tread for traction, excellent fit, toe protection, walkable, grippy material in the middle, cleats and wrench included!
SMART shoe! I did a lot of comparisons this time to replace my Sidis... Price vs. Quality/stiffness/fit was the key tradeoff. I favor a stiff sole that's walkable without much slip on a slippery floor; a tread material issue more than anything else. Sette fused a softer tread onto a stiff sole, which is a more expensive process. The treads near the cleat are slightly splayed out towards the front - aids entry (amazing how many shoes dont do this!!). The toe has a small tread part - you'll get wear there from portage. smart. There's a bit of grippy material between the cleat and heel so you can put the pedals there unclipped and not slip off. The tread on both sides of the cleat are FLAT enough to allow standing unclipped and not slip off the pedals. The toebox is big for airflow. The cleat nut is big to cover the complete channel at extreme ends of range - no gap to shove mud into. Lastly, cleats, a cleat wrench, and cleat screws were included. VERY walkable - the tread shields an SPD cleat completely from the floor.
This is a fantastic value, bottom line.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hartford CT
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2009
Strengths: Great product. Stiff yet comfortable for walking and long rides. Great price. Great value
Weaknesses: None so far...we'll see how long they hold up.
Superb shoe for an amazing price.This review is for the 2009 Sette Epic MTB shoes. I purchased these at pricepoint.com. I tried on Sidi and shimano shoes. Sidi is an amazing product, but I really don't want a shoe so stiff that I can't safely walk in them on rough terrain. I wear a Nike 11 sneaker and found that Shimano's and Sidi's required a 45 size. This is due to the fact that the toebox is narrow. I decided to take a chance on the sette's on Pricepoint.com. I called to confirm the recommended size and they told me that I should size down. This is due to the fact that the toebox is wider than sidi and shimano. I have to say that these shoes are the perfect combination of stiffness and comfort. I ride 3-4 days a week. I can ride long distances and the shoe does not give under pedal power. Really an amazing shoe for an amazing price. you will have to pay at least $150 on other brands to get the same quality. Great shoes
Weaknesses: None that have been discovered thus far.
These shoes are a really great deal for the level of quality you'll receive.
One thing to note on the Sette Epic model shoes is that the sizing is spot on. Some reviewers mentioned that the Sette shoes run a size larger than their US stated sizes, but I found this to be innaccurate for mine. I wear an 11 in almost every shoe, so I went with their size 44 or 10.5. They were too small so I had to send them back in exchange for the 45 and they fit perfectly. So I'm not sure about their other models, but the Epic's sizing is normal. Maybe they've corrected the sizing on the newer production models going forward.
a Weekend Warrior
from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008
Strengths: Extremely stiff, yet extremely comfortable. Great bargain when compared to comparable shoes.
Weaknesses: None that I have found.
Amazing shoes for an amazing price. I have given these shoes a beat down for 2 years and cannot wear them out - and they remain as comfortable as the day I bought them. I have even used them on 2 separate 150 mile charity rides and my feet remained cool and comfortable the entire time I had them on. Excellent stiffness allows you to jump on the hills without feeling a thing and also provides excellent walkability without losing comfort (although as I found out the hard way, I would avoid slick surfaces...but that's true for any MTB shoe).
and I pick it up on wed. After having demo'd numerous other bikes it comes down to the Epic. I wasn't really sure about the "brain" as I thought it was sort of gimmicky but it seems to do the job. For me the Epic seemed to feel closest to a hardtail while still giving the comfort of full sus. I'm su ... Read More »
So I wasn't able to make it to the Festival of the Trails this year, but looking over the site yesterday evening and noticed that they had a new 30mile singletrack race that ran from Cable to Hayward using the CAMBA trails during that weekend as well.
Can anyone enter this race or are there some ... Read More »
My 2006 Epic is getting up there in age and miles. I think I'm going to upgrade to a new one.
Just wondering what the opinions are on buying a complete bike vs building?
I'm not familiar with the wheels on the new epics are. Are they worth keeping or are they throw aways? The cassette and ... Read More »
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