By Ryan LaBar
I bought my first pair of Time ATAC pedals about 9 yeas ago, and put them through 4 years of hard riding before finally retiring them (one had a cracked body). Since then, I’ve a spent a good deal of time on just about every other brand’s clipless pedal offerings. So, I expected an average reunion when switching back to the Times for this test, but I was surprised at just how much I’d missed the overall feel of Time pedals.
Of all the different pedal brands and models I’ve owned and tried (including other Time ATAC pedals) the Time X-Roc S pedals are the easiest for me to clip in to–they don’t require any funky aligning motions, just a solid downward mash of the foot. They engage with a solid and audible click, so there is little to no doubt as to when they are clipped in. And, if I happen to miss the cleat, the large platform provides me with enough security to ride moderately technical sections with confidence.
Releasing from the pedals is nice and consistent, with a bit of smooth-building resistance and an audible click when popping out. I haven’t found any need to change the stock spring-tension setting on these pedals, as I’ve never had any accidental releases with the Times, even when striking pedals straight down on rocks or logs.
My knees appreciate the free-twisting float the pedals offer, but I want a more planted, locked-in feel while riding. Shoes with taller treads than my worn-down Mavic Furys would remedy this by adding more contact surface to the pedal body (I’ll be swapping my cleats to some less-worn down shoes soon).
Overall, durability has been good. I’ve smashed them on plenty of rocks and they are only showing minor scuffs and scratches. The bearings feel good, with no play so far in the dry conditions of Southern California, but I’m not sure what mud will do if added to the mix. As Time’s pedals are notorious for being excellent in the mud, I don’t see this as being a problem.
These pedals are likely a bit too heavy, at 437 grams (claimed) per pair, for cross-contry use, but for all-mountain or enduro riding the extra platform, ease of clipping in and solid overall preformance are worth the extra grams. Additionally, at $135, these aren’t going to bust the bank too badly.