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NickyG

NickyGwrote a review of on May 14, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been an ATAC fanboy for almost 20 years, and (until recently) been extremely happy with the performance and durability their ATAC models. This changed when I bought a pair of XC 6 pedals. These newer pedals use crude stamped-out retention springs and less durable plastic bodies compared to my trusty 'old' XE pedals. It's much harder to get the cleat to engage these new pedals, and they don't release as cleanly, either. It's downright frustrating to ride these on technical trails compared to my old pedals. I ended up selling them and going back to a battered pair of XEs I've ridden for years.
There are also widespread reports of pedal bodies cracking and retention springs bending on moderate trail impacts. In the 15+ years I've ridden ATAC pedals, I've only had one break on me--I blasted a exposed roof so hard, I thought I broke my foot. I've since epoxied the crack, and have put numerous trouble-free trail miles on 'em.
Note to Time: Go back the the old design, and stop putting profit margins above performance on your pedals.

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NickyGwrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running Time ATAC pedals on numerous MTBs for over a decade. The design has changed very little in that time since it simply works extremely well. They've got a fairly wide platform, pretty easy clip-in, a predicatable level of float (easy on my creaky knees), and they allow you to set the release point at either 13 or 17 degrees of angular rotation. They are unaffected by mud or trail debris and are super durable--they may just outlast the bike they're on. The seals and bearings of my last pair survived 5 years of soggy PNW riding.
One caveat - after a few hundred hours of riding, the spring retention pins can work their way out of the composite body. I had a pedal do this after about a year of riding on em. I just drove the pin back in and dabbed a spot of Loctite Marine epoxy on the outside of the pins where they're pressed into the composite body. It's worked like a charm for the past 3 years.

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NickyGwrote a review of on June 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice lightweight pair of riding shorts with no heavy liner to weigh them down. The lightweight, stretchy fabric breathes well & dries pretty quickly. There's no liner short or liner material like Dakine's heavier-duty freeride shorts, so you stay much cooler. They look so good & are so comfy that I tend to wear them much more for casual wear than for riding. Suitable for XC riding in a wide range of temps & would even make a great swim trunk if you found a suitable swimming hole on your ride or hike.
I'm 6' 5" with a 36" waist & the XL fits me perfectly. The 14" inseam is perfect!

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NickyGwrote a review of on September 3, 2012

5 5

I loathe spending anything over $70 for a pair of unpadded MTB shorts. But I gotta tell ya - these are worth the money if you're looking for a very lightweight, comfy, well-designed & constructed pair of MTB shorts. I've worn shorts by Fox, Sugoi, Zoic and Nema over the years, and with few exceptions, have been pretty pleased with all of them. But the Mavics are in a different class completely - they're just so much more comfortable for hot weather riding than anything else I've worn.
The cut is a great balance between baggy & euro-techy. The stretchy fabric is thin & airy, but impressively burly & abrasion-resistant. There's only 2 zippered pockets, but they're where they belong - on the lower outside of the legs (have you ever ridden with stuff in your front pockets? Annoying!). And the length is great for guys like me with longer legs - about 13"-14" inseam on the XL.
If you're looking for a high-quality hot-weather MTB short, these are definitely worth a the $. The French have shorts dialed in.
Oh, I agree with the other reviewers - double check the sizing - theres a Euro & a US size chart - Euro XL equates to a L US size (more french fries, anyone?)

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NickyGwrote a review of on July 4, 2011

4 5

Sugoi makes really well-designed clothing & these shorts are a great example. They're a perfect balance between tough/burly & cool/breathable. - tough enough to endure years of trail riding & light & airy enough for long days in the saddle. They fit a bit closer than some other brands like Fox, but they still offer excellent comfort & mobility. I'm kind of between sizes (36" waist w/ a big butt) - the Larges are just a bit snug & the XL is just too big on me. I wish the Larges had just a bit more room in them.
The detailing & overall quality of these shorts beats anything I've seen out of Zoic or Fox. The liner is really comfortable. I liked the integrated liner so much, I bought the same liner as a separate piece to wear under my non-padded mtb shorts. Give these shorts a shot - you'll be glad you did.

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