Just In: Time Xpresso 8 Carbon Pedals

Time evolve their iClic system with the Xpresso pedal

by VecchioJo   December 29, 2012  

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.

www.extrauk.co.uk

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is that a fully plastic cleat?

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posted by mrmo [1023 posts]
29th December 2012 - 17:00

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yes, fully plastic cleat, Time got rid of the brass bit with the introduction of the iClic

posted by VecchioJo [739 posts]
29th December 2012 - 18:35

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One of the big appeals of TIme pedals was the fact that cleats lasted literally years - I guess it'll be like inkjet cartridges or razor blades - once you've bought the pedals, they simply ream you for the price of spares. With three road bikes, I'm not inclined to swap my pedals in a hurry.

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [358 posts]
29th December 2012 - 22:15

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I've been running the first version of the iClic 'Racing' pedal for two years after many successful years with their original Time 'Racing' pedal. Luckily iClic has a 2 year warranty because I've already sent the first pair back due to axle play, bearing running dry. The second pair will be following soon. Problem is you can't strip the axle to service the bearing so long term quality is a problem, it looks to be the same with this new model, the pedals aren't cheap just to wear quickly then throw out. I will go back to the original RXS design and give these a punt at half the price.

posted by Roberj4 [184 posts]
30th December 2012 - 0:07

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@VecchioJo

How long have you waited to write "Just In: Time..."?

I've got a sudden craving for coffee LOL

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th December 2012 - 6:09

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As long as thy are better than the rxs model, I had a pair that cracked in half on a climb, stabbing me with razor shap composite and flung me into the middle of the road. Ouch, fecking French!

posted by Simmo72 [274 posts]
30th December 2012 - 23:36

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