Sette Nix Shoe Review

I received the Sette Nix a while back and since then I’ve been able to use it in various riding conditions as well as a race.

Price: $49.99

Before testing:
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After testing:
Sette Nix Review

Product Description:

Sette Nix SPD Shoe

The all-new Nix from Sette is a great option if you’re looking for a little style in a clipless compatible shoe.

The Nix features a durable, high grip outer sole with a recessed cut-away mount that will fit any SPD style two bolt cleat. Inside is a highly rigid plate that will withstand flexing even under high stress full power situations.

On that note, the freeriders among us recommend using this shoe exclusively with clipless pedals. While the outer sole has a tread pattern that is platform friendly for those hairball moments when you need to unclip, the lack of flex means the Nix won’t “wrap around” the pedal to provide the feel you want if you prefer to run platform pedals.

The upper is made from synthetic leather and has a very clever Velcro strap to keep the laces out of your way. Reflective accents on the heel will help keep you visible if you get caught out after dark.

The Nix is cut a bit snug so for best fit we recommend going up a size.

The Sette Nix offers platform pedaling or SPD compatibility.
Sette Nix Review

You can use these shoes for bike commuting or night riding because they offer a reflective strip on the back that allows cars to see you.
Sette Nix Review

Are they stiff enough?
That has to be the number 1 question I get when people see the Sette Nix. My answer is YES! It’s plain and simple, the shoes are pretty darn stiff.

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If you’re anything like me, the whole spandex, XC-Racer style of clothing doesn’t appeal to me. So that means I want to look as normal as I do on and off the bike. That would include my foot wear. Beside after a long ride, we typically go out to eat and that means I can just leave my shoes on with the Nix and walk around with out looking like a dork.
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The Sette Nix offers 2 cleat locations on the sole that allows the rider to customize their pedal position. During the down stroke of my pedaling, the shoes worked great. The upstroke, this is when I made sure to give some force to see if the shoe’s quality would compromise. But after miles and miles of test riding, not one stitch or any other part of the shoe broke. As far as the insole, its pretty comfy, but a $5 upgrade from Wal-Mart might make your feet happier.

As I mentioned, I raced with the Sette Nix. At the Golden State Finals, did 5 practice runs on the DH course and 1 run on the Super D course. Keep in mind the weather that weekend was in the high 90’s and possibly 100. During practice, there was a ton of hike-a-bikes since I would session one section at a time, multiple times. By the way, the rubber sole offers great grip.
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I also took 2 diggers during practice, both times landing on my right side. Yes, the shoes and the bike were ok.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Sette Nix shoes. Not only have they proved to be reliable, but they are dang affordable! $49.99 , can’t beat that! Besides, check out the color scheme, black and white, that means it will match with anything you ride and wear. I like the fact that I can use the Nix to commute with since it has the reflective strip on the heel. Plus they look great! I love how they look like normal skater shoes. I like the look so much that I wore them with a pair of jeans to work, and I didn’t even ride my bike that day!

So if you’re in the market for new shoes, check out the Sette Nix, even if you aren’t get a pair, its only $50! Just keep in mind, you have to go a size bigger. I normally wear a size 10, so I had to make sure I got a size 11. One more thing, we’re on the cusp of the holiday season, the Sette Nix shoes would make a PERFECT GIFT! Dude, if I had gotten a pair of these for Christmas, I’d be pretty stoked. Oh by the way, I received a TON of compliments on the shoes. Anyhow, enough of my jibba jabbin’, buy these shoes, you’ll love them as much as I do!

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Sette NIX SPD Shoes-Testing Begins

One of my favorite brands is Sette . Not only do they have quality products, but its really affordable! All their stuff is available through Pricepoint.com. With that being said, I was fortunate enough to be able to get some new shoes from Sette.

The Sette NIX SPD Shoes are new for 2010, they actually remind me of their older shoe that I dearly love, the Sette Rival (no longer available). But this time, its white! The color scheme actually matches our 2011 Team Jerseys.

The heel area has 3m reflective magic, that way you can use it at night and still be seen.

The sole is very similar to the Rival. Don’t let the picture fool ya. You can remove the rubber cover so you can install SPD or CB cleats. If you’d rather use them with platform pedals, you can do that too.

The Sette NIX are relatively inexpensive compared to the 661 Filter shoes that look just like it, but can retail up to $99. I’ve been a strong supporter of Sette, my impact suit, knee/shin guards, shoes, bike frames, various tools and other knick knacks are all from Sette. If the Sette NIX is anywhere as good as the old Rival shoes, then it will last me years to come. But to be certain that their quality is top notch, I’ll be putting them through the paces in various riding conditions and report back with a full review.

***Quick Note: The NIX run a bit small, so when ordering go up a size bigger. For example, I normally wear a size 10, but for the Sette NIX, I would need to wear an 11.