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Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« on: October 05, 2015, 09:38:02 AM »
I'm looking to move from SPD to Time mountain bike pedals.

I have heard folks with the older Time pedals say they are indestructible.

I have also heard that the new, composite types have an issue with pins coming out.

Anyone have a lot of rides in with the new style?

Any issues?

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 10:43:35 PM »
I'm looking to move from SPD to Time mountain bike pedals.

I have heard folks with the older Time pedals say they are indestructible.

I have also heard that the new, composite types have an issue with pins coming out.

Anyone have a lot of rides in with the new style?

Any issues?

I had a year or so on the newer XC8's, no issues at all. (I think the pin issue was resolved but not 100% sure)
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2015, 07:44:21 AM »
Put on my Time pedals yesterday and found that clipping out was much, much harder than I would have thought!  >:(

It wasn't the release tension. That comes from the factory at the lowest setting.  I had to kick my heel way-out to get to release. It also required a lot of speed while moving my heel out.  When I was unclipping the noise from the release was really loud. You certainly know when releases!

The instructions said to cycle each side of both pedals 20 times before riding. I did that and a lot more.  The pedals eased up some and I got a bit better at the technique, but holy cow, the whole thing really surprised me.

I put the cleats on per the instructions and torqued the bolts exactly to the spec.  It felt like the cleats were moving, but they weren't.  That was the sensation I felt - it was as if the cleats were spinning a bit when I'd go to clip out.  Way back when I started riding I did have cleats that were loose and that was dangerous. But as I said, these are torqued to spec and they aren't spinning at all.

I will say the float is amazing. My guess is that it impacts the effort of unclipping. It seems like the super-wide range of float is leading to the difficulty of clipping out.  I have to move my heel so far out that is feels like my foot is perpendicular to the bike.  That's an exaggeration, but still...

I'm using new, Specialized S-Works XC shoes. The soles of the shoes have negligible wear. I have heard from a friend  that the soles / tread of the shoes shouldn't be worn down too much since the pedals need to have contact with the tread on the sole.

Any advice?

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2015, 03:41:21 PM »
This may sound counter intuitive and I've never tried Times, but maybe try increasing the tension setting.  The tightening might actually make releasing more "crisp".  I know on my SPD's I prefer the engagement to be higher and that actually seems to work better.  Good luck.

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2015, 02:32:05 PM »
Do you have the cleats on the proper side?

If you mount them one way it is 13 degrees, the opposite way is 17 degrees.

Also, check your shoe is not hitting the pedal at all. My Sidi's were always fine no issues, but last pair of Pearl Izumis's I had to take a utility knife and cut a piece of the grip off that was touching the pedal, made for a very unpleasant experience trying to unclip.
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2015, 01:29:12 PM »
Ditto what Shark said on both counts especially the cleats. I've been a loyal TIME user both old/new and Alu to composite to carbon/TI spindle. Never had an issue. Every new pedal was an upgrade. An occasional shoe-pedal interface issue would occur, but nothing an exacto knife wouldn't fix.

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 12:43:28 PM »
Woof! Still struggling with these!

I thought I had it tracked down to a "shoe-pedal interface issue". I went so far as to remove the tread blocks from my shoes. I thought for sure that would do it. No dice.  :(

Most times when a pedal is in the down position the cleats just don't want to release. Sometimes I can have my heel out so far that the toe of my shoe is hitting the crank and yet the pedal won't un-clip.

When a pedal is in the up position it's not as bad but even then I will get a difficult release.

I have tried all tension settings (1, 2 and 3) and cleat positions (13 and 17). Cleats are torqued to spec.

I have been riding in circles around my neighborhood clipping in and out.  It's to the point that my knees are sore by the time I stop.

I'm afraid just can't trust these.

Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2015, 05:41:07 PM »
Flats are better anyways ;) I made the switch last winter, not going back anytime soon.
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2015, 06:32:26 PM »
Flats are better anyways ;) I made the switch last winter, not going back anytime soon.
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2015, 09:30:42 PM »

Flats are better anyways ;) I made the switch last winter, not going back anytime soon.
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2015, 07:36:28 AM »
It was between Time and Crank Brothers. Guess I'll try Egg Beater 3's.

Who wants a good deal on a lightly used set of Time carbons?   :-\

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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2015, 10:48:49 AM »
It was between Time and Crank Brothers. Guess I'll try Egg Beater 3's.

Who wants a good deal on a lightly used set of Time carbons?   :-\

They seem to fetch high $$ on ebay usually.
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Re: Time pedal users: anyone have the newer (composite) style?
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2015, 11:09:14 PM »
Got the Egg Beater 3's and they work great for me. Thanks for all the suggestions.  :)

 

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