The relatively low price of Time Xpresso 2 pedals makes them a sensible place to start if you're a newcomer to road-specific click-in pedals. They're light, easy to use and very easy to adjust to different foot position and release preferences, but the low price shows in the limited durability of both the pedals and the cleats.
Time Xpresso pedals are popular because they're easy to click into, offer just the right amount of float adjustment for many riders and they're light. At about 220g per pair the entry level Xpresso 2s only weigh 25g more than the carbon Xpresso 8s at £124.99.
Weight isn't everything but Time's Xpressos also have a more supportive pedalling platform than many of their rivals (that includes Time's previous iClic models) and that's probably the main thing that makes them popular among both experts and relative beginners.
I would generally recommend click-in road novices to start with mountain bike style double sided pedals, but the wider platforms of road specific pedals like Xpressos are more supportive and energy efficient on longer rides so they're worth aspiring to as your abilities progress.
The click-in mechanism of the Xpresso 2s is intuitive and obvious in that their weight balance ensures that they always appear to be in just the right position when you set off. Complete novices still seem to fumble for a while but it's not a long learning process and the solid pedalling response is worth it.
The Xpresso 2's construction is fairly durable, with a steel axle, composite body and composite sprung blade for retention, but they don't have a very good reputation for bearing life. The bearings will often have developed a small amount of play before you get round to taking advantage of the replaceable pedal platforms and they're not serviceable.
Going up-market from the Xpresso 2s gets you a tougher pedal platform with a replaceable steel plate that and a slightly smoother feel to the float, but some riders will prefer the less obvious float of the plastic base platform on the Xpresso 2s.
Not all riders like the feel of float (in this case being able to freely twist your foot 2.5mm to either side without risking disengagement). All Xpresso pedals have a small amount of lateral cleat adjustment as well as the usual fore/aft adjustment and a minimal distance between the shoe sole and the pedal axle.
The release tension is adjustable, ground clearance when pedalling into corners is excellent and the light feel of engagement and the 15 degree cleat release angle seems to suit most riders. Cleats are included and are relatively cheap to replace, a good thing as they do tend to wear quickly.
The relatively low price of Xpresso 2s makes them a sensible place to start if you're a newcomer to road-specific click-in pedals.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Time Xpresso 2 pedals
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The cheapest version of Time's popular Xpresso pedal range. Wide foot platform and easy access and release make them a good choice for click-in pedal beginners.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mainly composite construction. Steel axles.
The plastic foot plate wears faster than the metal plate on more costly models. The bearings are not serviceable and tend to develop play if used for high mileage.
Very easy to use in terms of clicking in and out. The small amount of float is popular with most riders. Good ground clearance on corners. Replacement cleats reasonably priced.
For the price durability is not bad but they're essentially a throw away rather than serviceable item. Not really suited to high mileage riders.
Very light for a pedal at this price.
Very easy to use.
Good value for low mileage riders.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Low price, big foot platform and ease of use.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
More bearing serviceability would increase the appeal but at this price it's not a big deal.
About the tester
Age: 58 Height: 181 Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Merlin Ti My best bike is: Ibis Silk SL
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,