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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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