These Xpresso 8 Pro Carbon pedals were made by Time in a limited production run. They were produced as an all-black pedal to match some of the Time frames. They are astonishingly beautiful in their full stealth appearance. Like the standard Xpresso 8 pedals, they feature a full carbon body, hollow axle and come at a feathery 195 grams for the pair. The only functional difference between the standard Xpresso 8 and the Xpresso 8 Pro is skid plate platform on the Pro is titanium while the standard 8 is stainless steel. The complete black-out cosmetics of the Pro puts this pedal in a class of its own. Limited quantity, sold in complete retail packaging, Xpresso cleats and mounting hardware included.
Riders generally purchase Time pedals for three reasons. They offer the ultimate in bio-mechanical positioning, they are the easiest pedals to clip into and they are one of the lightest pedals available.
The focus on bio-mechanics have provided 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. When clipped in, you will also 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.
The Xpresso's entry and retention design is much akin to a ski binding and makes entry into the pedal an incredible simple task. When you exit the pedal the carbon fiber blade holds the cage open and then closes when you re-enter the pedal. The use of a carbon fiber blade instead of a traditional spring to make the clip-in action easier, faster and virtually friction-free. There is simply no pedal that is easier to clip into.