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Old 07-24-07, 12:10 PM
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Mallet C's vs Time Atac Z's

Okay, I've narrowed my selection down to Crank Bros Mallet C's, or Time Atac Z's. The Mallets have 4-sided entry and the Z's have a stationary two sided beater-type clip. Has anybody had any difficulties with the 4-sided setup? As in not being able to clip in quickly, or does it just naturally roll to hit the cleat at the right place? A couple people at my LBS said they hated the 4-side and that I shouldn't even try them, but that doesn't put me off. I would like some more oppinions. Both pedals have decent enough reviews and i'm leaning slightly toward the times as I've heard a lot of good things about them. any comments would be great.
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Old 07-24-07, 12:43 PM
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time - no question

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i've got some mallet c's. best pedals i've ever owned. you can get some now for $55 too.
so that makes what is already a better pedal even better.

never have had any problems with getting in or out. clears mud very nicely.
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Why?
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I've used both and honesty they are fairly comparable. I like the Z's (and now ride with them on my handtail and fully) for the large comfortable platform and ease of use. I've had no problems clipping in although at first, until I got the cleat adjusted properly, I had problems clipping out. Performance has the black Z's on sale usually all the time. I got the silver Z's also on sale. Just keep looking.

BTW there is nothing wrong with the Mallet/egg beater pedal. Again with the large platform of the Mallet, it's easy to get going and then clip in when ready. Both pedals are good choices.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
Why?
Mostly because:
bombproof
easily serviceable
quality construction
works in any condition (wet, muddy, icy, etc.)
got the LBS and mechanics thumbs up (crank bro.s didn't even though they sell both)
free angular and lateral float

Less so as this applies to both but Time pedals have this in spades:
easy to get into and out of
don't unclip on you unexpectedly
easy to find spares and/or rebuild
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Originally Posted by markhr View Post
Mostly because:
bombproof
easily serviceable
quality construction
works in any condition (wet, muddy, icy, etc.)
got the LBS and mechanics thumbs up (crank bro.s didn't even though they sell both)
free angular and lateral float

Less so as this applies to both but Time pedals have this in spades:
easy to get into and out of
don't unclip on you unexpectedly
easy to find spares and/or rebuild

....and all the cool people run them.
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....and all the cool people run them.
..and all the enlightened people, too.
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TIME for me!

Rode Mallets for a few months, had to hack off some of the tread on my Spec shoes, even then I didn:t like the way they engaged. Switched to Z:s and right out of the gate loved them. Will never run another clipless pedal besides TIME.
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Time is what it is! this was kind of what I was leaning towards anyway. I got a chance to look at a pair at the lbs and they did indeed seem indestructable. but I've never seen the mallets in person so...? yeah. thanks for all the great oppinions.
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Originally Posted by pyroguy_3 View Post
Okay, I've narrowed my selection down to Crank Bros Mallet C's, or Time Atac Z's. The Mallets have 4-sided entry and the Z's have a stationary two sided beater-type clip. Has anybody had any difficulties with the 4-sided setup? As in not being able to clip in quickly, or does it just naturally roll to hit the cleat at the right place? A couple people at my LBS said they hated the 4-side and that I shouldn't even try them, but that doesn't put me off. I would like some more oppinions. Both pedals have decent enough reviews and i'm leaning slightly toward the times as I've heard a lot of good things about them. any comments would be great.
The surface of the Mallet is concave. Because of this, if you're "close" it's actually hard to ride WITHOUT the cleat finding it's way into the beater.

Also because of the concave surface, you may have to trim material off "hiking style" at the contact points of bike shoes to get the in and out reliably. Open designs work flawlessly.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi View Post
The surface of the Mallet is concave. Because of this, if you're "close" it's actually hard to ride WITHOUT the cleat finding it's way into the beater.
no it's not. do you actually have some mallets?

and you need some grammar review. it's is a contraction for "it is," while its is the possessive form of the word. so you should have said "without the cleat finding its way into the beater."

mallets rule. i tried some atacs and it's impossible for me to ride them without shoes with a deep tread on them, so i can't ride around wearing running shoes.
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On the Mallet C's, does the eggbeater style clip actuall spin independently of the platform? The more I think about it the more I think it would be hard to clip into these. any explaination of how the Mallets work would be much obliged
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Old 07-25-07, 01:31 PM
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The ATAC's worked basically flawlessly for me. I haven't run the Mallets but people seem to like 'em.
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Originally Posted by Breitling View Post
no it's not. do you actually have some mallets?
Yes, I ride Mallets exclusively. If my cleat is even close to the the beater, it invariably squirms it's way in there. This has been my experience. I don't think this is a "bad" thing.


and you need some grammar review. it's is a contraction for "it is," while its is the possessive form of the word. so you should have said "without the cleat finding its way into the beater."
Yes you're correct, thank you. And, you need to capitalize the first letter of every sentence.

mallets rule. i tried some atacs and it's impossible for me to ride them without shoes with a deep tread on them, so i can't ride around wearing running shoes.
This is why I pointed out the concave design of the mallet. It's designed such that you have three contact points AND allow for the use of casual shoes when riding casually. The Time Z seems to have an elevated clip in mechanism that seems like it would be difficult to ride without cleats. Someone who actually rides them might have a different opinion.

BTW, the Mallets ride really nice with deep treaded soft hiking shoes.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi View Post
BTW, the Mallets ride really nice with deep treaded soft hiking shoes.
I do agree with you there. I even ride on them with flip flops a lot, and they still work.

and about capitalization, i've just gotten too used to typing in microsoft word.
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Originally Posted by pyroguy_3 View Post
On the Mallet C's, does the eggbeater style clip actuall spin independently of the platform?

Yes. Now stop thinking about the Mallets and buy TIME!
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...So.......what shoes do you guys use/reccomend?
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...So.......what shoes do you guys use/reccomend?
I use cannondale carve shoes. they are made by diadora, and they've been pretty good. good shoe for $100, and i think they are around $50 on nashbar now.
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