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ATAC XC 6 Pedals

For some companies, keeping weight down means a compromise of durability and function. Not for Time. The full-featured, composite-bodied ATAC XC 6 weighs a hair over 10 ounces, performs like a thoroughbred, and takes a beating like bare-fisted pugilist from the '20s.

Time's ATAC (Auto Tension Adjust Concept) line of pedals follows the design principles of their road line. Simple design, easy engagement, plenty of float. Interestingly, ATAC beat their road pedals to a lightweight, composite-body pedal. The ATAC pedals were always seen as an alternative to Shimano mainly because you didn't need to fuss with figuring cant on the cleats, because the pedals were much harder to jam with mud, and because the spring tension never needed to be adjusted. The one adjustment the user can make is whether the release angle is 13 or 17 degrees. And this is done by running the cleats one way or in reverse.

While the Time ATAC may look similar to the younger Crank Brother's pedals, the spring design is inherently different, offering consistent cleat retention regardless of what happens to the bottom of the pedal. Another advantage over pedals of similar float in the mountain bike world is the tension of the ATAC system: offering a more consistent release, and a more stable feeling underfoot.

The Time ATAC XC 6 Composite Pedals are compatible with any standard crank system. They come in White.

  • Light, durable pedals for XC mountain bikers and gravel cyclists
  • ATAC system offers exceptionally easy engagement
  • Open design automatically clears debris each time you step in
  • Composite body and hollow steel axle blends low weight with strength
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
[body] composite, [axle] hollow chrome steel
[lateral] 6mm, [angular] +/- 5°
2-bolt Time ATAC (included)
Entry / Release
[customizable release angle] 13/17°
Compatible Components
2-bolt mountain shoes
Recommended Use
cross-country, cyclocross, gravel, mud/sand/snow, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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Better Than Competitors.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used Shimano and Crank Bros pedals in the past and found that both had their upsides and downsides. Time ATACs have been the lesser known brand that sometimes seems to have a cult following. The design hasn't changed in years and honesty, it doesn't ever need to.

Compared to its competitors these pedals give you a very solid locked it feel. Crank Bros has a much lighter feel and Shimano has kind of an average feel. Despite the secure feeling it's not difficult to clip out. There are 2 release angles depending on orientation of the cleats but I find it similar to Shimano.

Weight is in line with Shimano as well and based on feedback from coworkers, durability is also as good if not better. So why make the switch to Time? Mud. I have yet to test how legendarily well these are supposed to clear mud but anything will be better than Shimano. Crank Bros clear mud very well to but lack durability. That makes Time ATAC XCs perfect for gravel or general trail riding.

I did have to dock one star for the cleat position not being adjustable. It's not the end of the world and the cleat position will work well for most riders but I usually need to angle my cleats outboard just a hair and some riders with wide feet will slide the cleat to the inside and that's not really doable with these.

I (Don't) Want Candy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Time ATAC pedals and cleats are better than Crank Brothers in pretty much every way.

Crank Brothers Candy 3 pedals are $135, weigh 325g, and it's often hard to tell when you're actually clipped in.

The Time ATAC 6 pedals are $120, weigh 296g, and has one of the most solid connections and stable platforms ever for MTB/cyclocross pedals & shoes.

I've been riding ATAC pedals for almost 20 years. Changed briefly to Crank Brothers and changed back within a month. These pedals will last a lifetime.