SIDI Five XC 2012. Shoes MTB. SIDI Five XC 2012 Mens MTB Shoes The SIDI Five XC MTB Shoes fuses fresh styling and integral toe guard as standard for the cycling enthusiast. MTB Competition Sole Has been specifically studied for this specialty, may be fitted with two toe sp ....
Strengths: Well made uppers, light comfortable upper, look flashy.
Weaknesses: very dflexible sole, uncomfortable on long rides, look flashy.
I bought these after I was getting some hotspots on long hilly rides on my carbon shimanos. I also wanted a light shoe that looked and felt 'roadie' for using SPDs on my road bike.
The uppers on these shoes are very good, with a leather like feel, deep heel cup and clever velcro system. They are quite light to wear and the fitting is on the small side. slightly narrower feeling and shorter in the toe than shimano (although my shimano innersoles fit perfectly in them).
I found that these shoes cost more than shimano shoes, are lighter but the soles are way too flexy. So flexible that I get instep pain after a long hilly ride the entire next day. This is puzzling as the shoes have a deep plaastic sole much like I remember the quite stiff shimano plastic soled shoes had in the 90s.
The soles are called 'competition soles' by SIDI but in no way are they suitable for anything but touring/commuting really. What's more the soles are deeply scarred by my cleat placement and the cleat fixator is so buckled that I'm worried about shoe longevity.
I would ignore these shoes and buy shimano carbon soled MTB shoes if I were you. Either that or get sidi carbon soled shoes not these plastic soled jobs. Not very impressed, I wasted 200 bucks really....
I bought more of an xc race hardtail and after a few rides on the steeper technical stuff am seeing I should have gone with something more aggressive. I'm still planning on doing some non-competitive (for me) XC races here that are on pretty burly trails, so I want something that can climb decently ... Read More »