Time has changed up its pedal line a bit for 2008. It has discontinued some of its lower-line ATAC XS models, and has replaced them with the new ROC ATAC line. I first caught a glimpse of the ROC ATAC when -jb got a set for his Cross Check a couple of months ago, and decided to order a set in for myself to try out on the Dos Niner this season.
Despite being a "lower line" pedal compared to the XS, the ROC ATAC has features I like that are missing from Time's more expensive offerings, the most notable being a metal area where the shoe interfaces with the pedal. This is a big improvement in my opinion, as it will bolster the long-term durability of the pedals in this high-wear area. Also, the actual retention loops went back to the original round-spring Time loops, instead of the XS cast loops, with separate springs. Believe it or not, I've actually had better long-term luck with this setup from a durability standpoint, than I have with the newer XS setup.
The ROC ATAC is even available in a pimpy carbon bodied version, which I went ahead and popped for, because it was just a few dollars more than the plastic bodied version. Unfortunately, while I'd love to give you a link to go to for more information, it doesn't seem that Time Sports has updated their Website with 2008 product info. yet, so you are SOL there... but here's what I've got for ya'.
Features of the ROC ATAC include :
- New ROC body design features stainless steel shoe contact points and a substantial platform for a solid and stable interface.
- Three models are available: ROC ATAC (plastic body/steel spindle); ROC ATAC S (plastic body/chrome steel spindle); ROC ATAC Carbon (carbon body/chrome steel spindle). Retail prices will likely start right around $130, and go up to approx. $175.
- Axles are well sealed -- I expect these to deliver typical Time "install and forget" durability.
- Self-cleaning design offers easy entry and exit even with dirty cleats.
- Retention is independent of spring tension - this is a big reason I use Time pedals.
- +/- 5° angular float and 6mm lateral float is good to the knees.