Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
Yes, please. What do you think of Time ATAC pedals (like/dislike)?
Rick / OCRR
1. Simplilcity. There are two springs to trap the cleat. That's it. No other mechanism to wear or work loose as has happened with several of Machka's genuine and knock-off Shimano pedals.
2. There is an inbult lateral float in the cleats (see below for a further explanation).
3. The mechanism is not overly sensitve to mud. I've still been able to clip in with gobs of mud on my soles.
4. They are well built in terms of bearings. I've never stripped down the bearings on any I have, and some have done tens of thousands of kilometres.
5. The exit tension is adjustable by swapping the cleats over from left to right and right to left. This is more so for the Aliums rather than the XS models which have a small spring tension screw, but the cleats are interchangeable between the range anyway.
Dislikes (but obviously I can live with them):
1. The cleats are brass, and do wear both where they slot in between the springs and from walking on them if they protrude beyond the sole of the shoe. Replacement cleats range between $20 and $30, and they usually last well over a year so, for me, it's no biggie.
2. The tops of the springs also can wear down, although this has happened seriously to only one pair.
3. The springs can catch on the sole around the cleat opening, and usually this has to be pared aware.
I bought my original Alium pair when I transitioned from platforms-and-straps to clipless. I still have those originals, a red pair, now on my touring bike. They were swapped as needed between bikes in the early days.
I opted for them after consulting with some cycling friends, and at that time, Shimano did not make an SPD pedal for MTBs that had float. And float was what I was after, and the Atacs provided it.
Then I started to have problems problems with hotfoot and further issues on the top side of my right ankle. I went to a platform pair of Atacs, and they are the ones I wore the tops of the spring out on. The physical issues were not to do with the pedals, but with shoes.
From then, I bought another two pairs of Aliums in black, and now I have three pairs of the "up-market" Atac XS pedals. I like the XS pedals because they look good on roadbikes. They also have an adjustment screw for spring tension.
The XS Carbons are a little over the top in price for me, and unless I can pick up cheap pairs on eBay, I won't bother -- the weight saving is not significant.
Soooo... I have three pairs of Aliums, and three pairs of XSs.