Time Atac XE pedal £54

Time have been making clipless MTB pedals for almost as long as the 'inventors' Shimano but have followed a different path. These are a reassuringly basic pedal; composite body, steel pedal and spring axles.

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Time have been making clipless MTB pedals for almost as long as the 'inventors' Shimano but have followed a different path. These are a reassuringly basic pedal: composite body, steel pedal and spring axles.

The brass cleats can be aligned to give either a 13º or 17º release angle, and this combined with both 10 degrees of angular float and 5mm of lateral float, a side-to-side shimmy that most other pedals don't have, means that Times have a keen following among those with gammy knees. They also have a huge fan base with those who suffer frequent sticky mud as the aggressively open design doesn't clog (a feature other pedal manufacturers have only just caught up with) and the low-spring tension lets muddied feet free up easily. Jo Burt

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