We saw these new pedals at Eurobike a few months ago and now we’ve actually got our sweaty hands, er, feet on some. The Xpresso pedal is the evolution of Time’s iClic system with some new and welcome features and Time are boasting that it’s the fastest pedal ever invented. Well they would.
The big news with the Xpresso range is the large pedal platform. It’s noticeably oversized with a 700mm² surface area which should help with both power transfer and comfort. All but the lowest in the 5 pedal Xpresso range feature a stainless steel metal plate on the top of the platform which addresses the premature wear issues that occurred with the original iClic, the ones hastily addressed with the addition of a metal plate on the iClic2, the plate on the Xpresso is also replaceable which should help prolong pedal life. The Xpresso cleat is the same as the iClic2 with their little pontoons making walking in them easier and Q-Factor adjustment depending on which shoe you put which cleat on. There’s no word on any changes to the cleats with regard wear characteristics though, as they have been a little cheese like in the past.
The Xpresso is available in five models, from bottom to top the 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12, the 8’s we have here come with a hollow steel axle and a carbon body. All Xpresso pedals feature the retention mechanism pioneered by the iClic which holds the rear clasp partially open after release so you don’t have to overcome spring tension to click into the pedal, which makes for incredibly easy and fast cleat entry. The ‘spring’ on the Xpresso 8 is a single carbon blade, the lack of a heavy metal spring is what helps the pedal to be so light. The Xpresso range still retains Times knee friendly +/-5º angular and 2.5mm lateral float with angular sensation (that’s resistance to you and me) and Q-Factor adjustment.
The Xpresso 8 weighs 198g for the pedals and an extra 86g for the cleats and bolts and cost £124.99.
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he’s not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he’s not doing either of those he’s pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he’s agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours doesn’t. He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.