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Anyone Using Time ATACs on their road bike?(16 posts)

Anyone Using Time ATACs on their road bike?Kary
Apr 7, 2003 12:06 PM
I was wondering if anyone is using Time ATAC mtb pedals on their road bikes? Have been using them since I got my road bike last fall since that is what I was using on my mountain bike and wanted to know what are the real advantages to switching to a road pedal.
Thanks
I use them on my "all around" road/trail/CX bike....TFerguson
Apr 7, 2003 12:17 PM
The advantage of road pedals is weight and ground clearance while cornering.
TF
Sure do. On both my road bike and TT/Tri bikewilsonc
Apr 7, 2003 12:20 PM
I've been using them on both my road bike and TT/Triathlon bike for the past couple of years. Some people notice hot-spots in their shoes/pedals when using smaller cleated platforms like SPDs and ATAC. Also, power transfer to the pedal might be slightly better with road pedals, but probably very slight IMHO.
However, I havent had any of these hot spot issues (yet, knock on wood), I dont think the pedal system is is really holding me back (21.3 mph during the bike portion of a 1/2 IM), and I like being able to walk around with my cycling shoes. Of course, every couple of months, I get the upgrade bug, and start contemplating switching to a new pedal system like the new Shimano SPD-SL or the Time Impact.

wilson
Oh yeah, and ground clearance and weight (nm)wilsonc
Apr 7, 2003 12:22 PM
re: Anyone Using Time ATACs on their road bike?mapei boy
Apr 7, 2003 1:05 PM
Once you are cleated in, road shoes and pedals are a far sight more comfortable.
once you are cleated out, you are a pathethic sight.colker
Apr 7, 2003 4:45 PM
sigh. just don't commute in road pedals.
Why would they be more comfortable?TFerguson
Apr 8, 2003 11:26 AM
1. You can still use road shoes with ATAC cleats if there is a reason.
2. MTB shoes are just a comfy, only heavier.
3. Why would a small pedal area (road) be more comfy that a large area (ATAC)?

TF
Why would they be more comfortable?mapei boy
Apr 8, 2003 2:36 PM
1. Are you sure you can put ATAC cleats on a road shoe? In any case, even if you could, because road shoes don't have lugged soles, you'd still be walking around on top of those damned cleats.

2. Yes, MTB shoes can be quite comfortable in themselves. But once you connect them up to a set of pedals (be they ATACS, Eggbeaters or SPD - I've tried them all), that tiny contact area just ruins things. I use Sidi MTB shoes, by the way.

3. The ATAC contact area may be larger than the other MTB pedal types, but they are still loads more tiny than the contact area in something like a Look road pedal.

Bottom line: If you don't have sensitive tootsies, by all means go with the ATACS. The practicality is compelling. But if your feet are sensitive like mine are, as the miles roll by on your ride you'll definitely appreciate the additional comfort, security and efficiency of a road pedal. Putting it another way, if MTB pedals and shoes were as comfortable as road ones, road pedals and shoes would have gone the way of friction shifters.
Are you saying hot spots are less with Looks?TFerguson
Apr 8, 2003 5:20 PM
Hot spots do bother me using all MTB styles, Shimano style road and Speedplay. I have not tried Look. What about Time road, Campy or the new SPD-SL?
Thanks,
TF
Look at your shoes, not at LooksHoopes of glory
Apr 9, 2003 8:37 AM
If you have a stiff enough sole (and your cleats correctly in the right place), you'll get no HS. If you are on touring shoes, you may, but do you really wannta ride touring shoes with Looks - even if you can get the cleats on them?
Look at your shoes, not at Looksmapei boy
Apr 9, 2003 10:44 AM
My MTB shoes are nylon-soled Sidi's. They are racing shoes. They are very stiff. To be sure, perhaps a set of carbon-soled shoes might be stiffer still...stiff enough to perhaps eliminate the hot spot. But it must be said, too, that the stiffer the sole, the more difficult it is to walk, whether there's a cleat there or not. It must also be said that, compared to a road shoe-pedal combo, MTB shoe-pedal combos feel oddly tippy and insecure. I must ask, have you, or anyone else who prefers MTB shoes and pedals in all instances, actually had much experience with road pedals and shoes?
Are you saying hot spots are less with Looks?mapei boy
Apr 9, 2003 10:33 AM
I spent about ten years on Looks. For the past two years I've ridden on Campy Chorus'. Comfortwise (at least for me), the Campy and Look are exactly the same. The Campy's, however, are prettier, more reliable (when you're in you're IN), lighter and cheaper. In other words, the Campy's are my current fave. I have not tried the Shimanos or the Times. My wife, who went from Speedplay to Campy, thinks the Campy pedals are the bee's knees, too.
re: Anyone Using Time ATACs on their road bike?Trent in WA
Apr 7, 2003 11:43 PM
I started out using Time road pedals, switched to Looks, and then to ATACs when I got tired of futzing around with Kool Kovers every time I needed to walk anywhere during a brevet. Also, riding in an urban area, I was appalled with how quickly the road cleats wore out from frequent clipping and unclipping. When I switched to ATACs, I was surprised by how secure and solid the connection was between shoe and pedal. It's a great design.

Whether dedicated road pedals have any "real advantages" for you depends on how and where you ride. They might be better for some applications. But I think for most folks who don't race (and for some who do), their advantages don't compensate for their disadvantages.

Trent
YupHoopes of glory
Apr 8, 2003 1:57 AM
on my audax/tourer and commuter. I use looks on my training/race bikes.

Differences? I can walk in the time shoes. I can clip in both sides. Performance differences? Nil - I have never grounded the times - I can very skeptical of that argument - lean a bike over and see what grounds - it's pretty much the end of the spindle - the clearance difference between my looks and times in that area is zilch. May be a difference with speedpays etc, but are you really gonna be leaning like that and not coasting - probably only if you are on a fixed or your are racing hard?

Hot spots - far more to do with the shoes than the peadals. Good stiff sole = no hot spots, even on SPDs.
Carbon version too tight?jose_Tex_mex
Apr 8, 2003 4:12 AM
Has anyone had problems with the carbon ATAC pedal? I have both the Alium and Carbon. My carbons are verrrry tight and it appears there's nothing I can do about it. Aliums are just fine.

Any suggestions? Lessons learned?
re: Anyone Using Time ATACs on their road bike?Kary
Apr 8, 2003 7:22 PM
Thanks for all your replies. Since I use my bike for commuting I will continue to use the ATACs. At least when I get off at work I can walk around normally. I have not noticed any hot spots with them and have ridden a century with them.