An early convert to clipless pedals, I’ve been riding variations of Shimano SPD clipless pedals for the best part of 25 years, and in that time I’ve never had an issue with Shimano’s durability, their clip in and release action, or their relative lack of float. Other manufacturers claim to perform better in mud or ice, or to be kinder on the knees, but because I’ve never had a problem with Shimano, these things have never been much of an encouragement to shift my allegiance. I had a brief and ill advised dalliance with Crank Brothers Candy pedals back in the late 00’s, and after buying one too many pedal rebuild kits I found myself back in the safe and comforting bosom of Shimano’s dependable SPDs. So it was with trepidation that I bolted these Time Speciale 8 pedals onto my bike and clipped in. Let’s find out how I got on…
- Enduro specific design
- 6060 aluminum body
- Hollow steel axle
- Stable platform
- ATAC system for ease of engagement
- Adjustment of angular sensations, or ”feel”
- Excellent mud-cleaning thanks to the self-cleaning concept
- Angular float (+/-5°) and lateral float (6 mm)
- 4 Adjustable pins for optimal grip
- Cleats included
With a mid sized aluminium body and hollow stainless steel axle, the Speciale 8 is aimed firmly at trail and enduro riders. Not too dissimilar in size to a Shimano XT Trail pedal, the Speciale 8 is significantly smaller than the more downhill orientated Speciale 12 but still offers a decent sized platform for supporting your shoes.
Like all other Time pedals, The Speciale 8’s use Time’s patented ATAC (Auto Tension Adjustment Concept) engagement system, which is very similar to that used by Crank Brothers – a soft brass cleat engages with sprung bars running across the centre of the pedal. Unlike the Crank Brothers mechanism, but similar to Shimano, release tension is adjustable from a barely there touch, to a heavy weight pincer like grip on your shoe.
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|Product:||ATAC Speciale 8|
|From:||Extra UK, extrauk.co.uk|
|Tested:||by James Vincent for Four months|