Who should buy the Sidi Trace 2

The Trace 2 by Sidi is a cross-country centered off-road shoe crafted from lightweight materials and designed for serious cyclists. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that employs the brand’s updated carbon sole for efficient pedaling strokes and provides support for a brisk pace. 
  • Need a shoe that has an aggressive tread design along with the option for toe lugs offer excellent traction.
  • Need a shoe that is governed by Sidi’s Politex material and provides comfort and supportive upper fit.

Sidi Trace 2 Logo


This shoe features Sidi’s new outsole material called the SR17. The brand says it is lighter than previous versions. It offers rigidity for power transfer and pliability for comfortable walks.

Sidi Trace 2 outsole

Excellent traction and replaceable rubber insert

PU inserts grace the heel, medial, and toe areas of the sole for grip even in the most slippery surfaces. Moreover, the rider can opt to add toe studs for an even more enhanced grip. Note that these toe studs are sold separately.

Sidi Trace 2 Excellent traction

Sidi made the toe tread to be renewable as this is the area that usually gets worn out first. With the option of replacing it, the wearer is treated with efficient traction for a longer period.

Sidi Trace 2's cleat system

The Sidi Trace 2 is an MTB shoe that employs the sports’ traditional two-hole cleat design. The following pedal models are suitable for this pair: Nukeproof Horizon CS CrMo Trail, Shimano M520 Clipless, and Crank Brothers Mallet E LS. Markings are printed in the cleat area to serve as a guide in precise cleat positioning and adjustment.

Sidi Trace 2 Cleat system

Durable and secure fit

Crafted from Politex, the Trace 2 is made of compacted PVC and a combination of knit and felt materials. The Politex is designed to withstand ripping, scuffs, and stretching. It is also marketed as an eco-friendly material.

Sidi Trace 2 Durable and secure fit

The foot stays in place through the combinational use of Sidi’s proprietary retention systems called the Soft Instep 3 and Tecno 3. The Soft Instep 3 is a wide, anatomically curved strap crafted with an EVA pad to distribute pressure evenly throughout the top of the foot. It is adjustable on both sides for the most precise fit no matter how high or low your instep is.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 392g
Use: Mountain, Cyclocross
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Replaceable Sole Guards, SPD, Recessed cleats
Collection: Sidi Heel Cup
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.