Time ATAC XC 2 pedal review - clean, easy, and pain-free pedalling on gravel trails and the way to work

The design of the mountain biker's knee-friendly favourite hasn't changed in 20 years - there'll be a good reason for that

Image shows the Time ATAC XC 2 pedals mounted on a gravel bike
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Time ATAC XC 2s are easy to clip in and out of, clear themselves of debris as they engage and have plenty of float for comfort and to allow movement on the bike. Oh, and they're a great price too.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Inbuilt float allows movement on the bike and is friendly to knees

  • +

    Mud clearing mechanism

  • +

    Durability of pedal

  • +

    Easy to service

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Cleats can wear quickly

  • -

    No tension adjustment on this model

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Time first started making off-road pedals in 1998 when it patented its mud-clearing clipless design. I wasn’t first to the party but by my rough calculation I’ve been riding them since 2000, which possibly makes this one of the most long-term reviews in Cycling Weekly history (OK, granted, I’ve not been riding this particular review set that long).

The Time XC pedals are recommended for gravel riding alongside mountain biking, and also lend themselves for day to day riding. Here we look at the XC 2, the most affordable of Time’s off-road pedals, to see how it performs in comparison to the best gravel bike pedals, as well as the best commuter bike pedals

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