Time Xpresso 4 Pedals
Hard to find a better example of performance per dollar value than the Xpresso 4 pedal. Beyond valvue, the performance aspect is where the Xpresso really shines. It is light (for its class), offers a monster 700sq mm of platform, has incredible bio-mechanics and is the easiest pedal to clip into.
Time pedals have always focused on bio mechanics. They provide the rider with retention while allowing the cleat and shoe to move laterally and pivot freely to reduce stress on the knee and ankle. Many riders have found that they cannot use any other system without having knee or joint issues.
What makes the Time system unique is lateral float. While almost all pedal systems have angular rotation built into the cleat, Time offers both angular float and lateral float working in tandem, built into the pedal. In short, this means the shoe/foot is permitted to rotate/pivot and move side to side (laterally) to naturally adjust during the pedal stroke. The fact that both of these mechanisms are built into the pedal greatly reduces any friction that occurs. It is so smooth in fact, the cleat moves around during the pedal stroke and the rider is unaware that it is occurring.
Another consideration with curent Time pedals is the ease of entry. When you release from the pedals the rear gate actually remains open, when you clip it closes and secures retention. Once clipped in, you will notice the generous amount of material used to create a super wide platform. So much so, when you up on the pedal, it feels like you are standing on the floor.
In summary, Time has always been the go to choice for a bio mechanical pedal design, but in their efforts to lighten the design up, durability suffered. Now with the Xpresso, you get the best of both worlds, durability in a lightweight package with Time's wonderful biomechanical design. Without question, this is the best pedal design from them yet.
- Composite body with steel axle
- Adjustable Q-Factor (with cleats)
- Includes cleats and mounting hardware
- 224 grams
AnonymousPosted on 2/4/2016
Ive been riding Time pedals since 1992 and these are my favorites. Nice, big platform and durable cleats. I also like how little pressure is needed to clip in. The non-adjustable rotation and lateral movement havent caused me any knee or hip problems. Once everything breaks in the cleat seems to settle in with my pedaling style.
Pros Lighter than Dura Ace pedals
Cons Pedal bearings/seals had a long break in period