Rated 1 out of 5 by MadBob Great design let down by awful durability
Purchased these with a new bike from a local dealer on their recommendation but I should have followed my instincts.
They are a really good design but the durability is appalling. After 150 miles there is significant play in the right pedal bearings (the left is fine) and the softer plastic (or is it cheese) on the fronts of the cleats is chewed up and separated from the harder plastic despite taking great care when dismounting and walking (short distances on carpet, tiles and tarmac).
I've now got a set of 105's on my shelf in the garage to replace these when they finally die (which won't be long). The design may not be as good but I know they will last.
23 May 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Andersen Best pedal ever used
True, cleat durability is really poor. But considering that you can buy cleats cheap online its not going to blow my budget. They really should consider improving cleat durability though.
Pedal system is the best I have ever tried. Shimano has less flexibility, Speedplay has awful power transfer in my view. Time has excellent power transfer and flexibility between Shimano and Speedplay.
02 September 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by arqa Appalling cleats quality
Durability of the cleats is just ridiculous.
After an "inagural" 20mile ride and a 25m "walk" to the garage where the bike is stored (over surfaces as "rough" as laminate, carpet and normal tarmac) the tip of the cleat that engages the front of the pedal was split and in really bad shape.
After reading in forums about the issues on iClics (same cleat) I decided that it couldn't be that bad and bought them. Actually anything you can read about the cleats quality is an understatement.
I will never buy TIME pedals again until this is sorted. The pedal itself is fine but unfortunately needs a cleat that is fit for purpose. This is not the case with the provided ones in the box.
07 August 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Nic Pedal; definitely worth a look
Had R540s and wanted to upgrade to 105s. These were slightly cheaper and they're much lighter than the 105s, so I tried them.
So far a good alternative to the ubiquitous Shimano pedals.
Engagement is clean and easy (much easier than my R540s set for a fair amount of float). And even if you miss properly engaging the "toe" of the cleat, there is enough engagement with the "heel" alone to keep you safe is most situations (e.g. taking off from a stop/lights/etc.)
I have only used these pedals for a few hundred KMs so can't comment extensively on the wear of pedal or cleat; however, so far so good (no signs of abnormal wear)
My only gripe with these pedals is that they do not 'hang down' easily enough for you to 'blindly' engage each time you disengage from them; occasionally, I have had to use my foot to flip the pedal right-side-up when taking off from the lights before engaging the cleat. I find the action needed to do this is much easier than what it was with my Shimanos and occurs about as often (only occasionally). A re-grease or oil of the pedal spindle might alleviate this issue, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
I feel these pedals are definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a new road pedal. Even though these are the bottom of the range Time Xpressos, they are far from cheap in their performance; are they worth twice (the CRC) price of the Shimano R540s? Yes.
09 May 2013
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