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A very long engagement.
As bike fanatics, we admittedly cannot get enough options. Simply put, having the ability to customize our gear's functionality is a priceless thing. However, we find that nearly every existing pedal's concept of 'adjustment' is limited to 'customizing' either the Q-Factor or resistance -- aka, adding a washer or turning three clicks with a hex key. Not the case with the new TIME Xpresso 8 Carbon Pedals. We can't think of a more user-guided pedal design on the market. And given that the Xpresso 8 attacks the status quo in relation to weight, comfort, and power, we have a feeling that these pedals are going to form a legion of loyalists in record time.
The iClic concept enables this pedal to provide fast engagement without any rubbing. It automatically pre-opens the engagement mechanism so that your foot is quickly released with minimum effort. As a result of this design, the Xpresso features a bold 15 degree release angle. The oversized composite platform aides clipping in by guiding the cleat, and its aerodynamic shape keeps drag at an absolute minimum.
Like the carbon fiber body, the use of TIME's patented carbon flexion blades, instead of the traditional metal springs, keeps weight at a minimum. Supporting this design trend, the pedals adopt a hollow steel axle and an interchangeable stainless steel base plate. In fact, the Xpresso tips the scales around an alarmingly low 195 grams per pair. That's right, TIME is getting into Speedplay territory, but whereas a Speedplay cleat has a minimal contact area, the Xpresso 8 features an oversized engagement with the cleat. Accordingly, this provides a confident pedal platform with a strong capability for an efficient power transfer.
For fine tuning, the Xpresso 8 allows you to dial angular movement for individual preference. This means that you can tighten or loosen the pedals with +/- 5 degrees of float. And not only can you widely adjust the pedal's angular float, but the Xpresso has 2.5mm of lateral movement and an adjustable Q-factor. So, you can set the foot's lateral positioning inboard or outboard depending on your pedaling goals. Additionally, with TIME's Feeling Adjustment, you gain access to three angular float resistance settings. And while these attributes are great, our favorite feature has to be TIME's BIOPOSITION Concept. This design reduces the distance from the sole to the pedal axle for a direct and efficient power transfer through the pedal. You'll find this concept extended through the use of an ultra-wide pedal platform of 700 square millimeters -- as TIME claims, it's the best surface area/weight factor ever created.
The Time Xpresso 8 Carbon Pedals are available in one size and in the color Black/red. Also, each pair of pedals includes a set of Time iClic cleats.