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Time ATACsJake Gilchrist
Sep 26, 2001 10:05 AM
I have had it SPDs. I can't get out of them in the mud and my calves are all beat up from trying to find the pedals after jumping back on my bike. I am going to order some ATACs.

Is there a major difference in performance between the models? I am not so much concerned with weight. My Surly is heavy enough that some extra grams in the pedals are really unimportant...

re: Time ATACsclimbo
Sep 26, 2001 10:08 AM
Yes, a MAJOR difference, you'll never go back. ATAC's rule for cross !! and for MTB'ing also.
I was unclear in my question...Jacob Gilchrist
Sep 26, 2001 10:16 AM
I think I wasn't clear in my initial posting. Are there significant differences (besides weight) between the different Time pedals? There are some major price differences and I am looking for the best value.

I was unclear in my question...triangleforge
Sep 26, 2001 10:36 AM
I think weight and neat-o graphics are the primary differences. I've got a pair of the ATAC "Carbon" ones on my mountain bike, and the mid-range ones with resin plastic bodies on my cross bike. I can't detect any difference in the engagement/disengagement or other functional differences between the two; not surprising as the engagement mechanism looks identical. Both pairs have taken some hard hits, without any notable difference in the durability of the shell between the plastic & carbon models.

I've never used the cheapest "Alium" model, though I'm thinking about it for an old Mongoose IBOC I'd like to single-speed. Since the mechanism is the same, I don't think the function would be different. The aluminium body looks beefy enough that I don't imagine durability would be an issue either.

Hope that helps....
I was unclear in my question...Jake Gilchrist
Sep 26, 2001 10:39 AM
Thanks a lot. That was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. I think I am going to buy a pair of the cheaper ones now, make sure I like them, and then by the carbon ones for next MTB season.
One thing about ATACsGary in VA
Sep 26, 2001 10:50 AM
If you are used to SPDs you will need some time to get used to the amount of float on the ATACs. If they have too much float for you go to and look at the modified ATAC cleats they sell. I've grinded mine down and they now require less rotation to release. Great pedals all the way around in all conditions. I'm about to buy a pair to go on my CX bike (I've got two other pairs on mtb and ss).
AliumsTimo Vennonen
Oct 2, 2001 2:15 AM
I've got two pairs of Aliums. They are just fine, the only thing that might be an issue, is the softness of the aluminium - it gets scratched really fast. But then again, there's quite a lot of the material, so it probably doesn't matter. At least I've been happy with my Aliums.
re: Time ATACsbadabill
Sep 26, 2001 12:40 PM
Before yoy buy the atacs you might want to check out the new Crank Brothers egg beaters. Bicycling Mag new issue has a write up and they loved them. 100 grams lighter than the atac and costs less, with better mud clearence. Have not seen any yet but they look good.