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Time Pedals - anyone try the new ones?(9 posts)

Time Pedals - anyone try the new ones?Fez
Aug 26, 2002 6:00 PM
Anyone try the new Time Impact Pedals? After being the same design for at least 10 years, they look lighter and the cleat design looks different. I was wondering if I should buy the last of the old design or just go with the new design.

Did they change the mounting design of the Time shoe at all as part of the redesign? Or does the newer cleat have the same mounting plate and thus fits right into any Time shoe?
YupOffTheBack
Aug 26, 2002 6:20 PM
The new cleat has both the old-stye 4-bolt drilling and the Look-style 3-bolt drilling. They will mount directly to a Time shoe, or to a Look compatible shoe with a very thin shim (included w/ the cleats) to compensate for sole curvature.

I've only ridden about 100 miles on them, but so far I think they are great - light, wide platform, low platform height, cartridge bearing. I can't compare them to the Equipe pedals (never used them), but after a dozen years on Looks, I gotta say these have it all over them.
Get The Impactsboneman
Aug 27, 2002 12:03 AM
I've been using Equipe's for 9 seasons and bought a pair of Impacts a couple of months ago. OffTheBack's comment re: the cleats are correct. Furthermore, they are slightly lighter than the old two cam design and the rear cleat is protected on either side by two pontoon like devices made out of the resin material used in the cleat. The front cam is resin and the rear cam is metal, part of the thin metal plate that is covered with the resin. The pontoons actually make walking or standing a relatively stable affair. The bearings also appear to have been changed with one's that have less seal friction.

My only complaint is that the release tension adjustment screw is on the very outside of the pedal body, an area which I've ground down in the past when crashing.

Don't bother with the old ones. Get the Impacts.
Which one did you get?Fez
Aug 27, 2002 5:04 AM
I have used Equipes (Magnesium) for 10+ years myself and have gotten used to them.

Which model Impact did you get? And what is the "adjustable Q factor"?
Ti axlesboneman
Aug 27, 2002 12:53 PM
That's the model. Not too expensive in the UK. The adjustable Q factor allows your foot to be closer to the BB, or further away, when the cleat is naturally centered.
What's the float like, compared to Looks?Ray Sachs
Aug 27, 2002 5:47 AM
I like the float of the Looks - it's not realy slippery (like Speedplays), but you're not fighting against a centering spring, so you can move your foot to a position you like. My experience with Time ATAC mtb pedals is that the float is definitely against a centering spring, so if you're not dead center, the pedal is trying to put you back on dead center. That's fine for some folks, but my knees don't like that on longer rides. How are the Impacts? Are they similar to the ATACs or more like the Looks.

I'd like to try them except for that concern, but that's a big one to me.

-Ray
Similar feel but wider rangeOffTheBack
Aug 27, 2002 6:15 AM
To me anyway, the feel of the float is similar to Looks - definitely not slippery, but I don't notice a spring trying to put me back on center. There is an adjustment for float tension on the pedal that I haven't messed with yet, I'm just riding them however they came out of the box (sorry, I know that isn't very helpful). Also note that there is a wider float range than Looks - 17 deg. vs. I think 6 deg. for Look red cleats.
Thanks, sounds like they're worth looking at (nm)Ray Sachs
Aug 27, 2002 6:31 AM
re: Time Pedals - anyone try the new ones?ripSRV
Aug 27, 2002 6:37 AM
I have some ancient white Time pedals I recently went back to after too many hotfoot sessions with the speedplays I used for about 2 years. The Impacts are superb although I am a little suspect of the resin front clete. The old Times are dinosaurs compared to the Impacts. Anybody want to buy some Speedplay X-2's?