Time Atac XC 2 Pedals
The proven ATAC dual-arch retention system guarantees easy engagement and dependable release in all conditions. Low spring tension of the ATAC design causes less friction in extreme conditions, and along with an optimized release angle, provides consistent entry and release, allowing MTB riding with total confidence. When other pedals pre-release or jam, with ATAC you get quick and easy release when and only when you want it, no matter what the terrain may be.
After changing to a time ATAC system years ago I think it will be very hard to ever go back to anything else for mountain riding. I've ridden various spd type and crank brothers but none have the performance or feel of the time pedals. I made the switch after spending 1/2 of a race fighting to get my foot into a spd type pedal due to gritty sand conditions. Once I made the switch I was amazed at how easily I could get in and out of the pedals in any weather/soil conditions. I've had a shoe full of mud and simply stomped down and clipped right in and remained clipped in securely. Gone are the days of bombing down a rough stretch only to have your shoe suddenly pop off your pedal. Bearings are very smooth and I've used a single pair of these pedals for over 10 years with zero maintenance and zero complaint. Highly recommended.
These are the continuation of the older ATAC pedals - as opposed to the XC series with their flat retaining bars, these feel exactly the same as the old pedals (the ones shaped kind of like a bar of soap). Same ATAC tolerance (preference?) for very worn cleats, which the XC series also doesn't have (though those feel pretty awesome with brand new cleats). I thought of my pedals for the first time in a long time the other day on my first ride since the thaw, unclipping to maybe foot down on a rocky uphill bit, then clipping back in at the top. How I didn't ever think about where my foot was or what it was feeling. That's how it ought to be.