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Time's ATAC XC 4 Pedals slot into the French manufacturer's cross-country hierarchy between the XC 2 and the XC 6, enjoying all of the features of the former with the hollow steel axle of the latter. The resulting construction is both durable and lightweight, only sacrificing a claimed 23 grams of weight to the line-topping XC 12 pedals, so the XC 4 may constitute the best value-to-function ratio in the ATAC line.
The XC 4s included Time's ATAC (Auto Tension Adjust Concept) design, which operates along the same principles of their road line by stressing an effective, simple design, easy engagement, and plenty of float. Time ATAC XC pedals are the ready-to-fly cross-country kit of choice because, unlike other brands, you don't need to fuss with figuring cant on the cleats and the spring tension never needs to be adjusted. The arches and hardware are also surrounded by adequate space for clearing mud and other debris you might pick up while dismounted on an impassable section.
While the Time ATAC may look similar to the younger Crank Brother's pedals, the spring design is inherently different, offering consistent cleat retention regardless of what happens to the bottom of the pedal. Another advantage over pedals of similar float in the mountain bike world is the tension of the ATAC system: offering a more consistent release and a more stable feeling underfoot.
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I (Don't) want Candy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Time ATAC pedals and cleats are better than Crank Brothers in pretty much every way.
Crank Brothers Candy 3 pedals are $135, weigh 325g, and it's often hard to tell when you're actually clipped in.
The Time ATAC 4 pedals are $110, weigh 296g, and has one of the most solid connections and stable platforms ever for MTB/cyclocross pedals & shoes.
I've been riding ATAC pedals for almost 20 years. Changed briefly to Crank Brothers and changed back within a month. These pedals will last a lifetime.