We don't always put much stock in celebrity pro endorsements, but when we happen to notice a cyclist of Absalon's caliber riding the same model of shoes for years on end, we do take note. The latest model of Sidi's Drako SRS Push Shoes benefit from the same pedigree of World Cup domination that won Absalon's continuing patronage. This pedigree ensures that those of us who may currently lack the Frenchman's results — but aspire to the levels of XC respect he enjoys — know that we won't be shortchanged by under-powered kit.
The Drako SRS Push Shoes feature Sidi's newly improved Tecno 3 Push fastener. Like its predecessor, the Tecno-3 Push system involves two ratcheting dials, Sidi's proprietary, non-stretch wire, and a customizable fit at the instep and forefoot. The Push in the shoes' title refers to the incorporation of a red button on the buckles' faces that releases the ratchet's lever for quick adjustment, saving you the onerous task of flipping the lever up yourself. At ride's end, pinching two release buttons on either side of the dial loosens the wire. As with all of Sidi's fastening hardware, you can easily fiddle with the Tecno 3 Push buckles in the saddle.
The Drako's SRS Carbon Ground Sole and replaceable cleat wear plate return unchanged. This sole shaves 100 grams off its predecessor's weight without sacrificing comfort, efficiency, or durability. The sole comprises a medium-modulus carbon body supplemented with SRS tread blocks and a cleat wear plate, the latter two of which are replaceable. Using a medium-modulus carbon as the base provides a slight flex along the length of the foot with no compromise to the overall rigidity of the sole, a delicate but necessary balance for top-level off-road shoes.
Sidi's Heel Security System (HSS) also makes an encore appearance, using an adjustable, rigid composite band that closes the shoe more securely over your heel to anchor it in place around your Achilles. No matter how much power you're pouring into the pedals, your heel will stay in place inside the shoe, even if you leave a bit of slack in the Tecno-3 lines in order to alleviate pressure across your metatarsals. The shoes are finished with Sidi's synthetic Lorica uppers inset with ballistic mesh panels and capped with a rubberized toe shield.
- Top-end XC shoe with full carbon sole
- Breathable, weather-resistant synthetic uppers
- Tecno-3 Push system for incredibly precise fit
- Adjustable heel cup locks heel in place
- Rigid carbon sole flexes along the middle for comfort
- Replaceable SRS tread blocks for traction
- Sidi shoes enjoy a legacy of longevity and superior fit