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If looks could kill.

TIME has an all-new off-road pedal and it's quite the looker. Known as the Speciale 12, we would buy this pedal on looks alone, but when you throw in the performance and durability that TIME pedals are known for, well then, you have a winner. TIME designed this pedal to exclusively meet the needs of an enduro rider and constructs the pedal body from premium 6106-T6 aluminum, often used in aerospace applications, which it claims is 20% more durable than other grades of aluminum. It allows TIME to machine the body as one piece where others must create bodies as two separate pieces. An added benefit is it allows TIME to anodize the pedals in the beautiful Blue, Gray, and Red colors we have here and laser etch the graphics. A hollow steel axle further bolsters durability and doesn't flinch in the face of a huck to flat or a harsh pedal strike.
In addition to the stability boosting and power transfer benefits of the wide platform, TIME includes 8 adjustable pins per pedal for added traction and a micro-adjustable spring tension release system to dial these bad boys to your personal preferences. The pedals continue with the proven and patented ATAC engagement system and cleats allowing for positive clipping in and predictable releases. The design is also self-cleaning to help remove trail debris for more consistent entry and release. Like all TIME pedals, the Speciale is made in its Nevers, France factory.
  • An enduro pedal built for adjustability and durability
  • Steel axle and aluminum body handle the hits
  • ATAC dual-arch retention system for positive entry and release
  • 8 adjustable pins add grip against shoe's sole
  • Optimized release angle of 13 or 17-degrees via a reversible cleat
  • +/- 5-degrees of lateral float (6-millimeters)
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
[body] 6061 T6 aluminum, [spindle] hollow steel
[lateral] 6mm, [angular] 5°
Spindle Diameter
Pedal Wrench Type
8mm Allen
Compatible Components
2-bolt shoes, ATAC cleats
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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My new favorite pedal so far.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Time Special Pedals are one of my favorite pedals for off-road use. The best part of this pedal is the engagement system, if you’re in the ballpark for pedals. The pedal will engage the cleat with ease. The float can feel a little strange at first but, it will save your from knee injuries down the road.

Back in Time!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

About 15 years ago when I first started riding mountain bikes, a set of Time ATAC pedals were my first foray into the clipless pedal realm. I loved their positive entry and exit feel, while still maintaining a decent amount of float while clipped in. While my 15 year old youthful knees didn't really need the float at the time, it is something I require more and more as time goes on. I stayed with Time pedals for a while, but after a while, the allure of cheap and durable that Shimano was offering was too much to overlook.
When the Speciale 12 was released, nostalgia dictated I had to get a pair. The quality of these pedals is second to none, with beautiful machining of the pedal body and a clear attention to detail. The clip in motion is just as positive and precise as I remember, and clip out is further but not too far compared to Shimano offerings. I really love these pedals and plan on moving them from bike to bike as I upgrade. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because of price. Time, make a cheaper one and I can almost guarantee you will see a lot of Shimano riders coming back to your pedals!

First TIME clipless!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The TIME Speciale 12 pedals are my first experience with any clipless pedals ever! Even with having the first time gitters of using a clipless pedal, these pedals preformed very well for me. After about an hour of pedaling in circles around the block (and aggressively practicing the un-clip motion with both feet). I was ready to hit the trail. The entry of these pedals was a little odd for me to get used to at first and I found that I was sometimes missing the clips, but I know this will get better with time. The overall quality of the pedals are very nice with a very clean look and a nice finish. I dont know if I'll be keeping my flat pedals off my bike, but I do know that when I want to be clipped in, these are the pedals that I will be running!

Making the Switch to Time

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After over a decade riding various Shimano SPD pedals, I got a chance to try out the Time Speciale. On the first few rides I noticed that they require a bit more effort to click in than i was accustomed to. I had to give a little extra push, and it took a fraction of a second longer to be in the pedal. However, after a few rides I got used to the engagement, and now they are as speedy as my old pedals. They really do have superior float in hairy downhill situations where the foot might twist out of other pedals. The Speciales give some feedback that lets you know you're approaching release, but then return to their centered position. My knees feel a bit better at the end of a ride too!

It's about TIME!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a life long dedicated flat pedal rider but when I saw these I knew it was time to give clipless pedals a try. The only other clipless pedals that I had ever tried were some Crankbrothers Mallets and I was frustrated by the fact that I couldn't adjust the tension. With these Speciales, you can adjust both the float and spring tension with ease. As a first time clipless rider, that made a world of difference in my comfort and confidence level. The front entry design was very natural and didn't take me long at all to get used to. When it comes to the quality of these pedals, they really are second to none. The machining on the aluminum cage is flawless and a thing of beauty to behold in person. If you're looking for new pedals I would highly recommend giving these a shot! You won't be disappointed.

Best of both worlds

    I remember when my dad finally gave up on pedal baskets on his mountain bike, and Time was the only real option for clipless MTB pedals.
    A lot has changed since then, and there are ton of options out there now. But Time is really making to a push to become the answer in pedals again.
    I have ridden Crank Bros Mallets for years and haven't really desired a change, but the Speciale has some features that caught my eye. The machining quality is the best I've seen on a set of pedals, from a fit and finish perspective I've never seen a nicer pedal.
    If you want the float, ease of use, and wider platform of Crank Brothers combined with the adjustable tension of Shimano these are a premium option.

    Very Speciale

      I have been a long time user of Time pedals. I previously used the MX line while I was racing downhill and enduro, with the reason being they allow quite a bit of float making it easy to move around on the pedals without coming un-clipped while maneuvering technical sections.

      The Speciale is basically the polished version of their previous mountain pedals. They look great, provide ample float, lighter weight and are as durable as it gets. You will not be disappointed by switching over to Time pedals!

      If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to me direct!

      Special in their own way.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I usually rock flat pedals however for the long days in the saddle or the XC run I’ll switch to the clipless and head out for a day and wow I remember why I like being clipped in.

      That being said when I do clip in I run the Crank Brothers Enduro, Candy or Eggbeaters depending on the bike and event.
      So I was super stoked to get on the Speciale as my main complaint with the Crank Brothers was my lack of skill and coming un clipped in a pedal strike. The Speciale have a nice aluminum ramp that will prevent that from happening while trying to clean that techy rock garden. I have yet to try the adjustable spring tension but feel whatever it was dialed in with stock was adequate for me.
      My first impression is the nice machine work of the pedal and the relatively light weight of such a big pedal. Installing the cleats I did notice however that there is no side to side or left to right adjustability on the cleat like the Crank Brothers. (Disappointed)
      Riding the pedals I feel the float is minimal and for me at least I needed to stay focused on keeping my feet straight, this was a problem for me. I flipped the cleats around for the next ride to try the setting with less float. This was much better for me.
      The first day I ended up riding on a moto trail that was nothing but mud. It was so slippery in spots that you could barely stand up, but fear not you could still clip in with a slight forward push they would snap right in. Very positive engagement for such a muddy day.

      This is a beautiful pedal and I really like it for my clip in days, but I can’t say it’s twice the price better than a Crank Brothers Mallet / Enduro pedal.

      One recommendation would be to install your cleats with the Crank Brothers Bike Shoe Shields Item # CRN0047.

      Familiar friend

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I cut my teeth on Time Atac clip-less pedals just north of 15 years ago per the advice of my mentor in cycling. A man who spoke fluent Campy and preached the virtues of high end steel in a time when carbon frames left much to be desired in terms of fatigue life and durability. He spared no expense when it came to the quality of his equipment. No surprise looking back as to why he gave me no other option, other than to run Time pedals for my off-road efforts.

      I'm not sure why I deviated from Time pedals especially after un-boxing these Speciale 12 pedals. My initial impressions on the quality and finish left me wracking my brain on where and when I went wrong when I strayed from my beloved Time Atacs. I might have been wooed by some sort of red anodized springs and the promise of serviceability.

      It was a familiar feel to my first generation Time Atac pedals when I clipped into the Time Speciale 12 pedals. Set up was a breeze with no need for shims of any sorts for the shoe or pedal. Purchase and security when paired with a Giro Terraduro shoe was impressive. Pedal clearance over the chunky stuff and when leaning the bike over is excellent and I still can't get over how solid the interface between the pedal and shoe feels with that little bit of extra platform. This is a feature I especially appreciate when it comes to loading up the edge of the pedal to give the bike a little extra english in the handling department. I liken the ease of handling to my platform pedals on my dirt jumper with all of the benefits of being clipped in.

      These Time Speciale 12s are my new pedal of choice for trail riding based on just a handful of rides on them. They have me eyeballing the latest generation of Atac pedals for my gravel and XC bikes.

      Familiar friend

      TiiiiIIIIiiiiimee is on my side

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Alright, so I've been a dedicated Shimano pedal rider since 2001, minus a brief (6 month) stint in Speedplay on the road bike, and one terrible decision to try crank brothers, which lasted ~2 months. I'm a die hard, a loyalist, and had a hard time committing to these.
      That being said, this is a review after a total of three rides, so there are still things that I am working through which I believe are just my old habits of using a single pedal design for 17 years.

      These things are fantastic. Solid connection to the shoe, solid platform, enough float, and light! I'm still having some difficulties finding the mechanism upon trying to clip in, however that should go away with more use. The mud clearing tech is insane, after a sloppy ride in some nasty clay this weekend, my cleats always locked in.

      I would highly suggest these pedals for those looking towards a new upgrade or their first pedal.

      Great all mountain pedal - for any trail

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      When I started mountain biking racing in the 90’s you rode time ATAC pedals (period). Their biggest drawback was their durability. Not a lack of mind you, but excess - you put them on your bike and totally forgot they were there; no issues, ever. Whole seasons went by without removing them from my bike, (Cannondale F800 with a head shock was my race bike for a few years - even raced an entire collegiate season with only a front rim brake…), until your cleats were worn to nubs. As I started to find more and more enjoyment in less competitive pursuits and finding my way onto squishier bikes I moved closer towards a larger platform DH clipless pedals from crank bros. As time progressed I moved even further and was caught in the wave of “enduro-madness" and have spent my time since playing as much as possible aboard flat pedals. I recently moved to SLC from the PNW where flat pedals, long travel bikes and rough trails are the norm. Here in SLC and lots of other places I have lived and ridden there is a lot more diversity in the trials – which had me thinking about swapping back to riding clipped in again. When I 1st saw the Speciale pedals from time it was the clipless pedal I always wanted – large all metal platform – time functionality that I was used to. I especially like the adjustable pins to keep that locked feeling that I am used to with flat pedals. I am pumped to get some more time on these and see how long it takes to remember they are even there.

      Crepes, fries, baguettes and now pedals?

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      From Joan of Arc to Andre the Giant, there has no been no shortage of French influences. During the French Revolution, the bourgeoisie overthrew the status quo of the aristocracy ruling the land via their monarchial Estates. But just like the common folk stormed the Bastille, Time has raided the stronghold of Shimano clipless SPD pedals.

      The large platform area combined with the aggressive pins keep you planted and in control in the same way that Napoleon Bonaparte maintained control of the post-revolution French Consulate from 1799 until 1815.

      The cleat system is similar to Crank Bros, but much easier to engage with the option of 13 or 17 degree float. The design of the pedals themselves also keep you locked in even on hard pedal strikes, contrary to what you may experience with the Crank Bros designs. Also, the Self-Cleaning deign eject obstructions much like Louis Pasteure was able to develop vaccines and antibodies to eject many of the diseases that plagued feudal Europe.

      It just goes to show that the same minds that constructed the Effel Tower are still hard at work using the skills that brought us culture, art, fromage, and pedals like no other culture can.

      Self cleaning?? How is that possible!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I'v been running these pedals for almost a month now and as a long time believer in crankbrothers I think I may have found my new pedal! I like the float that I have in the pedal when I'm throwing down whips and scrubs. I have noticed that sometimes I come unclipped on accident but I think I have some breaking in to do and learning how to ride these pedals. The build quality of these pedals is phenomenal and they look amazing I love the grey color. The spindle length at 57mm is perfect and they are smooth as ever, no play whatsoever.

      Self cleaning?? How is that possible!!!

      It's Time (HA!) For Your New Pedals!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I'd ridden Time pedals religiously for about 7 years on every bike I had, but fell off the wagon to give a couple of other brands a try, and man did I miss this company. With the Speciale being one of the most durable pedals in the market, if offers it's riders the confidence needed to tackle any kind of terrain. The spring tension is fantastic as well! While it's not difficult to clip in or release your cleats, you never worry about striking a rock and being forced to come unclipped while riding. The 2.5 degree of float (5 degrees together) help to make sure your foot and knees don't suffer from being locked in too tightly, and allow plenty of movement through your pedal stroke. Mud clearance isn't an problem with this model as the pedal itself is constructed to ensure that the debris contracted doesn't get caked into the spring or pedals bodies, allowing for optimal performance every time you clip in, no matter what the trail or race throws at you.

      If you have any additional questions about products from Time, please reach out to me via email at!

      Great Option!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Wow. These are such sweet pedals. Light, durable, and easy to find. I have rode these pedals quite a few times in all conditions. They shed any mud unlike your SPD pedals. They are always easy to find and easy to clip in and out of. They 're lighter than a lot of other pedals, and even have adjustable pens for when you are getting real rowdy out there. You won't be disappointed with these. 10/10 buy again.

      The French Connection

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Having never really invested in a pair of MTB pedals past a basic set of SPDs, switching to the Speciale was a night and day difference. A few rides in and I know I'll never go back. I'm still adjusting a few minor details, but overall I couldn't be happier with my choice.

      The wide platform and easy entry/release mechanism of ATAC allows for great confidence every time I click in and out. I'm no enduro rider (still using my Lake MX237s), but I appreciate the increased surface area and feel the weight penalty is worth it. If you're looking for the perfect compliment to your high-performance ride, then consider the Speciale from Time.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have been riding clipless pedals for a few years. Started out on some Ritchey's back in 2002 and as soon as I had some money, I moved on to Crank Brothers. I had two sets of Candy pedals, and even rode them on my road bike for a few years. I was never in love with the Crank brothers design and one day I had 3 accidental releases on a ride and decided to move on. I purchased my first pair of TIME ATAC carbon's They were quite expensive but I love the entry and release, it was so positive and they did a great job of clearing mud and debris. I ended up switching to Shimano and giving my Time pedals to my Dad to ride. I don't look at that as a mistake, Shimano makes a great pedal that lasts, but there were a few small complaints I could find. After about 4 years riding Shimano (XT, XT Trail, XTR) I decided to revisit TIME. I had such fond memories.
      I am happy to report that my memories of TIME's excellent engagement and overall performance were still accurate. If anything, I was not remembering quite how good they are. I am running these Speciale 12's on my Santa Cruz Bronson and absolutely love them! The feel of engagement is more positive than what I have been used to over the past few years. Once you are in the pedal, there is very smooth and silent float (unlike my last pedals that would give a metallic squeak occasionally while riding).
      My first ride was a wet day and dirt and gravel was sticking to my shoes, this was no issue for the pedals. I run mine with no pins in them, some people run just two pins up front and others run all 4. You can adjust the pin height which will affect how much they grip your shoes but I have not felt a need to install them. Perhaps I will give them a try. Super stoked on these pedals and plan to buy the ATAC XC8's for my gravel bike and single speed.
      Just in case you are wondering, I am using these pedals with the Giro Terraduro shoes, and a pair of 5.10 Hellcat Pro's (favorite shoe right now)