Time has just launched a new pedal designed for gravel and adventure cyclists as well as touring riders and cyclo-cross racers. There are three models in the lineup, all use Time's existing IClic system and are based around two bolt cleats similar to their current mountain bike cleats.
The line is named Cyclo with three models that differ in terms materials used, their weight and their cost. The range merges the brand's springless IClic system to work with its ATAC (auto tension adjustment concept) mountain bike cleats. They say that this combination provides just as much power transfer as the road equivalent but using a cleat that is easy to walk around in, something that will no doubt be good news for gravel cyclists whilst navigating off the bike or when hiking with it as well as to road tourer's, audax riders and epic distance racers for the same reasons.
Time's patented Iclic engagement system works by remaining in a looser, more open position when you've clipped out, ready for the next time you clip in, making the process seem effortless. It uses a carbon blade as opposed to a spring as found in most clipless pedals, and this has three adjustment settings to alter the tension. The ATAC system uses two movements to engage the pedals; towards the bottom and then downward, we expect to see similar here as these new pedals use the same cleat as the mountain bike models.
All pedals get a Q-factor of 53mm, angular freedom of ± 5 degrees and lateral freedom or 'float' of ± 2.5mm.
The Time Cyclo 10 pedal is the most expensive in the range, coming in at £109.99. It uses a carbon body with a metal sheet on the platform to stop the pedal body wearing. It gets a hollow steel axle and weighs 128g. This pedal also has the micro-adjustment system.
The Time Cyclo 6 pedal is the mid range example, costing £79.99. It gets the same follow steel axle and adjustment system but with a composite body, weighing a claimed 129g
Time Cyclo 2 reverse side
Lastly, priced at just £54.99 and weighing 145g is the Time Cyclo 2. This used the same body as the Cyclo 6 but it doesn't get the micro-adjustment system, despite what the Time website says. It also just gets a steel axle rather than a hollow one which presumably accounts for most of the weight gain.
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