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Time ATAC Pedal Adjust

Old 02-18-21, 10:22 AM
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Time ATAC Pedal Adjust

I picked up some XC8's to use on my Domane, now that Speedplay/Wahoo no longer supports the Frog pedals. I know the Time pedal can be adjusted for release tension. I notice when the screw is turned, part of the spring rises in step with each of the three settings. Does anyone know which is the position for the easiest release; spring at the highest or back down where it's flat against the pedal body?

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Old 02-18-21, 11:27 AM
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Wahoo is bringing back the frog but like with all things these days who knows when that will actually happen. Speedplay seems to have been placed on the back burner with them.

Time Atacs are all I use offroad. I did love the frogs about 10 years ago but switched because they were just horrible in the mud and I was racing cross. Honestly I didn't realize there was a tension adjustment. Pretty sure I have some XC8's ....just checked the shop and I do on the bike I built last summer. Apparently they do have a tension adjustment. On the right side pedal there is a "+" sign with an arrow showing that when you turn them clockwise you are increasing the tension. If from what you are saying there is a 3 position cam and you're wondering which is highest then by turning it clockwise whatever you see move incrementally then that action at it's farthest point before resetting would be the highest tension.
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Old 02-18-21, 05:42 PM
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Confirmed -- use a flat head screwdriver and turn the adjustment counterclockwise to the leftmost of the three positions.
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Old 02-18-21, 06:11 PM
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The screw doesn't dead end at the third position; what is does is reset back to position one if you continue turning. So what I'm trying to figure is which spot offers the least tension. Since the only physical thing I can see is the raising and lowering of that spring, it's an indicator. I haven't mounted the pedals yet so I can't just try each.

BTW, I've been in touch with Speedplay/Wahoo about Frogs. I've been told multiple times there is no plan to bring these back (actually, my pedals are fine...it's the cleats I need.) Also, it appears they may dump more of the SP line, including some of the road products.
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Originally Posted by nesdog View Post
The screw doesn't dead end at the third position; what is does is reset back to position one if you continue turning. So what I'm trying to figure is which spot offers the least tension. Since the only physical thing I can see is the raising and lowering of that spring, it's an indicator. I haven't mounted the pedals yet so I can't just try each.
I've ridden Time ATAX XC for almost 12 years now.....and I can honestly say, I have never messed with that screw. I would just put them on and get a feel for them. I used them on all my bikes, road and mountain.
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Late to the party on this one, but just in case you haven't found your answer, the lightest tension placement is when the mechanism is flat against the pedal. When it rises in successive steps, it is essentially flexing flexing the loaded spring further so it loads the spring (more tension) further. This is why the highest tension is in the highest position. And for me it's definitely worth adjusting to the highest tension. It doesn't feel very different unclipping (seems just as easy with the proper/intentional foot movement to unclip no matter the setting), but where I feel the difference is when standing up out of the saddle sprinting or digging in on a hill...with the highest tension you don't get that kind of mushy slip/slide forward in the pedal.

NOTE...BE CAREFUL when adjusting the tension. As you've probably already found, that tension adjusting screw is made of plastic nowadays and strips VERY easily. Experiment with screwdriver heads that fit as flush with the screw head as possible (thicker screw driver head) to reduce the chances of stripping.
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