Sidi has been making shoes since 1960. From creating the
first adjustable cleat-mounting system to the first nylon
sole, Sidi has been at the forefront of cycling shoe technology the entire way. Their new $450 Drako shoe looks to once
again push the envelope of mountain bike footwear while
staying true to Sidi’s deep roots.
Carbon sole, Italian soul: The Drako’s new
carbon SRS sole shaves weight off previous designs and offers more replaceable
parts to keep the shoes feeling brand new.
Tech features: The Drako is the heir to the Dragon II’s
throne as the top-tier offering and, according to Sidi, shaves
3.5 ounces off its predecessor’s weight. The Drako features
an all-new Lorica upper along with their new Tecno 3
ratchet closure buckles, which employ a ratchet not only for
the toe-area retention, but across the forefoot as well. While
the Tecno 3s are similar to their previous ratchet designs,
they now feature a micro-adjust release to fine-tune the ten-
sion, as well as a new braided synthetic cable material
dubbed Sidi Wire, which is claimed to be more supple and
have less friction.
The Drako’s new SRS carbon sole is lighter and designed
for more durability. Along with replaceable tread blocks, the
cleat wear plate is replaceable as well. Our size-44 Drako shoes weighed in at 13.7 ounces per shoe (including SPD
Field test results: Sidi’s 50-plus years of experience
shaping shoes is apparent from the moment you slip on the
Drakos. The new Tecno 3 closure system is impressive. The
twisting buckles are rugged and withstand the elements bet-
ter than many other twisting designs we’ve used.
Additionally, they tighten evenly across the whole shoe, creating a locked-in feel that surrounds your entire foot without any pressure points.
The upper is supple and feels molded to your foot, but is
secure and supportive for hammering the pedals. The sole is
very stiff, but Sidi has incorporated just enough flex into
the toe area to keep from feeling like you are pedaling with
a 2x4 under your foot. This allows for your foot to move
slightly with the sole, giving the pedaling action a comfortable, natural feel while still maintaining all of the power
transfer you could want.
The adjustable heel security system is a feature that many
riders will glance over and forget to adjust. While it
is not essential to the fit of the shoe, do yourself a favor and
that you will
feel more locked
into your bike
than ever before.
SRS sole is one of
our favorite features,
which is aimed at prolonging the life of the shoe.
While the tread blocks are
replaceable, the tread compound has held up much better
than many of our other test shoes that don’t have
replaceable treads. The addition of a replaceable cleat
plate is one of the coolest advances integrated into the
Drako. Excess play that develops over time between the
pedal and shoe can now be restored to new with a simple
Between the rugged tread blocks and integrated toe
guard, the Drako is built tough enough to walk in,
though it shouldn’t be your first choice if your rides usually contain numerous hike-a-bikes. These soles are
aimed at the serious racing crowd first. The only thing
holding the Drako back from the full five-star rating is
the absence of the mid-foot tread pad like on the Dragon
II and Spider. A misplaced pedal to the middle of your
foot when clipping in will most likely result in a quick
slip off the pedal due to the sole’s vast area of bare carbon. A pad in the mid-sole area would add a little no-slip
While it is certainly purpose-built, the Drako’s comfort, power transfer and serviceability make it the cross-country racer’s ultimate weapon.