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    ATAC XC 6 Pedals

    For some companies, keeping weight down means a compromise of durability and function. Not for Time. The full-featured, composite-bodied ATAC XC 6 weighs a hair over 10 ounces, performs like a thoroughbred, and takes a beating like bare-fisted pugilist from the '20s.

    Time's ATAC (Auto Tension Adjust Concept) line of pedals follows the design principles of their road line. Simple design, easy engagement, plenty of float. Interestingly, ATAC beat their road pedals to a lightweight, composite-body pedal. The ATAC pedals were always seen as an alternative to Shimano mainly because you didn't need to fuss with figuring cant on the cleats, because the pedals were much harder to jam with mud, and because the spring tension never needed to be adjusted. The one adjustment the user can make is whether the release angle is 13 or 17 degrees. And this is done by running the cleats one way or in reverse.

    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.

    The Time ATAC XC 6 Composite Pedals are compatible with any standard crank system. They come in White.

    • Light, durable pedals for XC mountain bikers and gravel cyclists
    • ATAC system offers exceptionally easy engagement
    • Open design automatically clears debris each time you step in
    • Composite body and hollow steel axle blends low weight with strength
    • Item #TME0072

    Tech Specs

    [body] composite, [axle] hollow chrome steel
    [lateral] 6mm, [angular] +/- 5°
    2-bolt Time ATAC (included)
    Entry / Release
    [customizable release angle] 13/17°
    Compatible Components
    2-bolt mountain shoes
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    cross-country, cyclocross, gravel, mud/sand/snow, trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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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 6 pedals are $150, 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.

    Choice is lacking, TIME is my choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Sale price for these are exceptional, It seems to be getting harder to source TIME pedals. Ive been using the MTB versions since 2000.
    Stock up before TIME goes under - all other SPD based pedals dont even come close to the function of TIME.

    Still the best mtn pedals

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I just purchased a 2017 Rocky Mtn Element and needed to add new pedals. After reading NickeyG review (below) I had decided to try the Crank Bros Candy. After a couple rides realized that was a mistake. I have been riding with Time ATAC pedals for 20 years. I have owned 4 or 5 sets and have always been impressed with the performance. So after returning the Crank Bros, I went back to the Time ATAC XC6.
    While I have only had these about 4 weeks, I can say they are the most confident riding pedals out there. The clip in is solid and float and retention perfect. Never have any issues with dirt or mud. I will have to wait and see if I have any quality issues but I have yet to find any better options.

    ATAC quality had fallen dramatically

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been an ATAC fanboy for almost 20 years, and (until recently) been extremely happy with the performance and durability their ATAC models. This changed when I bought a pair of XC 6 pedals. These newer pedals use crude stamped-out retention springs and less durable plastic bodies compared to my trusty 'old' XE pedals. It's much harder to get the cleat to engage these new pedals, and they don't release as cleanly, either. It's downright frustrating to ride these on technical trails compared to my old pedals. I ended up selling them and going back to a battered pair of XEs I've ridden for years.
    There are also widespread reports of pedal bodies cracking and retention springs bending on moderate trail impacts. In the 15+ years I've ridden ATAC pedals, I've only had one break on me--I blasted a exposed roof so hard, I thought I broke my foot. I've since epoxied the crack, and have put numerous trouble-free trail miles on 'em.
    Note to Time: Go back the the old design, and stop putting profit margins above performance on your pedals.

    Time XC Lineup far inferior to XS

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My Background Relating to TIME Pedals:

    I have been a longtime supporter and customer of the Time ATAC pedals. Specifically I have used the Time XS pedals since ~2004, getting multiple years out of each of my pedal sets across my multiple bikes. I had found in the XS models, that the plastic base model was the most durable and lasted me a minimum of three years while one set lasted me 5 years. While the carbon and ti model's would last about a year and a half when riding in rocky Arizona. Sadly, my last two sets of XS pedals gave up the ghost and it was time to replace them. Given my experience with the XS base plastic model having the best durability for rocky Arizona riding where pedal strikes are a when and not an if, I decided to go with the XC6.

    Experience with the XC6:

    The XC6 pedals lasted me exactly 4 rides (2 races and 2 recovery rides within 2 weeks, which included 2 pedal strikes on rocks) before two failures and 1 nuisance of the tension adjuster screw not staying set. Riding in Arizona, pedal strikes happen to even the best riders. I expect my pedals to be able to survive multiple hits without a catastrophic failure. Both of my XC6 pedals failed in different ways. One pedal'™s clip in bar bent on one side such that side of the pedal can no longer be clipped into. The other pedal's plastic molding broke 50% of the way off.

    If it had only been a single failure, I could have chalked it up to an exceptionally hard pedal hit or perhaps a flaw in my specific pedal set and not the whole design and production as a whole. However having two failures within 2 weeks, when the XS pedal line up stood up to the same abuse for years+ I'€™m chalking up the whole XC design as a complete failure for rocky Arizona riding.

    NOTE: If you ride in an area without any obstacles to hit your pedals on, these may work ok. However you’ll still need to contend with the adjustment screw not staying set to your intended setting.

    Bottom Line: Corners were cut, durability suffered, don’t buy any of the XC Lineup of pedals unless you ride buffed out single track or road with no obstacles to hit your pedals on ever, a single pedal strike can make your pedals un-usable.

    Time XC Lineup far inferior to XS

    Great Design - My Favorite Pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been running Time ATAC pedals on numerous MTBs for over a decade. The design has changed very little in that time since it simply works extremely well. They've got a fairly wide platform, pretty easy clip-in, a predicatable level of float (easy on my creaky knees), and they allow you to set the release point at either 13 or 17 degrees of angular rotation. They are unaffected by mud or trail debris and are super durable--they may just outlast the bike they're on. The seals and bearings of my last pair survived 5 years of soggy PNW riding.
    One caveat - after a few hundred hours of riding, the spring retention pins can work their way out of the composite body. I had a pedal do this after about a year of riding on em. I just drove the pin back in and dabbed a spot of Loctite Marine epoxy on the outside of the pins where they're pressed into the composite body. It's worked like a charm for the past 3 years.

    Trusty All Round MTB Pedals and Float

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Rob, stated it well in his review below. I've been using Time ATAC pedals since their introduction and they've never failed me. From recreation use to hammering in MTB races these pedals just plain rule. The float is one of the best on the market and their fail rate in zilch. Easy muddy condition cleaning and never stuck in them except when not changing the cleats out in a timely manner or check the tightness of the cleat screws. You can't go wrong with ATAC pedals.

    EDIT: Used to be the best.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    See my old review below. I'm taking my review back because it did not reflect an experience with this model, which apparently has build-quality issues.

    Pedals are one of those things that nobody wants to spend money on, so they go with what they know or what their friends recommend. Well, I have been running a single pair of the ATAC XS pedals for almost a decade, now on a third bike, and they have thousands of miles on them with absolutely zero issues, ever. In fact, this isn't really a review of the ATAC 6 pedals, it's a review of the ATAC XS, which is the predecessor to this model and shares all the same construction and technology. I've had zero, zip, none, nada, absolutely no problems. No replacing parts, no adjusting, nothing except buying new cleats every few seasons. I'm one of very few people I know who own ATACs, but everyone I've met who owns them feels the same way. They engage every time, they never clog, the float is great, and the pedaling platform feels sturdy. So there you go: your friend just recommended Time ATAC, and you should trust him because he rides a ton and knows about stuff.