May 16, 2001 8:55 AM
|After some great advice on this board, I think I will try Time ATACs as my first foray into the world of clipless. I thank all those who took the time to make suggestions, mainly for Speedplays. Right now my budget points towarsd Time over Speedplays. Can I ask for thoughts about TIME ATACs please.
|2 choices in Time||peloton|
May 16, 2001 9:07 AM
|For Time's MTB pedals like you are looking at, you have two choices. You have the Alium and the ATAC. Make sure to get the ATAC would be my reccomendation. The Alium is functionally the same pedal, and will run you less cash. The ATAC is better though due to durability. The seals on the Alium have been known to let in enough junk where it inhibits the pedal's spinning on the axl. The aluminum body of the alium also breaks easily. I have broken a set myself, and understand it to by a common problem. I also own a set of ATAC's and find them to be great. They are much tougher than the Aliums. THere is no pedal on the market that functions as well in muddy conditions. There is also a fair amount of free float, and entry and exit is quite easy. The warning that I would give you about the ATAC's is to look at your shoes on the pedal before you start using them. The large cage and platform of the ATAC's can contact the tread of a MTB type shoe. This can interfere with entry and exit. Simple solution though, if there is any tread contacting the cage simply trim the tread back with a razor. Happens with other MTB shoes and pedals as well. Good luck.|
|new Alium's have a revised seal....||IAmtnbikr|
May 16, 2001 8:03 PM
|which stops the mud and dirt entry. You can also get your older ones upgraded, as they did realize this problem. However, mine never did act up. I have a set of the original ones on my beater bike which I ride to work, and pull the Burley with. They still work fine after nearly 3 years of use. I have a set of the carbon ATAC's on my full suspension MTB, they rock, and I just got a set of the newer Alium's for my road bike just purchased. Personally, I love Time pedals, and felt the most comfortable with the same style pedal on all of my bikes.|
|Doesn't solve the breaking problem though||peloton|
May 16, 2001 8:47 PM
|The aluminum body of the Aliums is still prone to breaking though. I consider that worse than bad seals. It only took me two weeks to snap one of the bodies of on a rock. Never had another pedal fail like that. The ATAC are great though. Wouldn't waste my time with the Aliums in the future.|
|read again! that's why my MTB has ATACs; road has Aliums! :)||IAmtnbikr|
May 17, 2001 9:37 AM
|Don't get mad! :)||peloton|
May 17, 2001 10:22 AM
|I did read your post. I think you just misunderstood what I was trying to say. I apologize if I should have clarified my point a little. I was merely reccomending the ATAC over the Alium for someone looking to purchase a new pedal. The seal problem in the Aliums may have been revised, but the body breakage problem is still there. For that reason, for an individual looking for a new pedal I would reccomend spending a little extra to get the added durability of the ATAC. Even on the road, one can strike a pedal on a curb or in a corner or crash. The ATAC is known as a proven performer in the long haul, the Alium has had some teething problems to date. That is why I would steer someone to the ATAC over the Alium. It's a safer bet in the long run, and no one wants to have to replace parts to breakage.
I'm glad that you have enjoyed your Aliums. My experiences with them as a rider and shop mechanic have been a little more frustrating. I go believe in Time though. The ATAC, IMHO is the best MTB pedal on the market. When I sold my MTB recently, the ATAC's stayed with me. I wouldn't ride anything else off road. The performance of the ATAC's is simply unmatched, even by the Alium. Ride hard
|re: Time ATAC's||pmf|
May 16, 2001 9:23 AM
|I've used these pedals for several years now on a commuting bike. I used to use Shimano spd. Time ATAC are better pedals. The first pair I had came on a Fuji Cross bike I got from Colorado Cyclist. They were the ones with the polyamid body and developed a creak after about a year. At the time, these were the low end ATAC pedal. I replaced them with the now bottom of the line aluminium ATAC pedals and have had no trouble since. They work great. Make sure you set the cleats for non-racing. Otherwise, they're hard to get out of.|
|re: Time ATAC's||BrianU|
May 16, 2001 8:47 PM
|I use a set of carbon body Time ATACs on my mountain bike. IMHO, they are the best off-road pedal on the market. Simple, extremely durable and above all else, no matter how much mud, goop, sand, snow or whatever else is stuck to the bottom of my shoes when I get clipped in, I can always click right out. No other pedal on the market can even begin to compare in this aspect. I do not know if this last characteristic will really mean that much to you if you are using these pedals on your roadbike, however they are still an awesome pedal and will probably outlast every other part on your bike.
Definitely heed the advise about practicing clipping in and out as much as possible, before venturing out on the streets. In a couple months, you will wonder how you ever rode without clipless.
|re: Time ATAC's||Maui|
May 16, 2001 9:08 PM
|I have the thermoplastic on my road bike and the aluminum on my mountain bike. I've never experienced a problem with either one.|| |