Time I-Clic Road Bike Pedals Review
Time are one of the most experimental cycling manufacturers, this cycling component producer is continuously trying to create the best possible cycling pedal for every type of rider. One of their most impressive creations is the Time I-Clic Carbon pedals.
The Time I-Clic Carbon is available in two distinct models, both of which feature an entire carbon body; making the I-Clic Carbon one of the few pedals on the market today that truly possesses a full carbon composition. However, there are significant differences between the two models construction, in particular the axle creation and retention system. The more expensive, premium model possesses titanium axles. This titanium axle significantly lowers the weight of the pedal by 56 grams. The premium range model also features a reinvented cleat retention system, removing and replacing the standard heavy metal springs with a simple single leaf of carbon. In contrast, the mid range model features sturdy steel axles and also have a flexible composite blade rather than the carbon alternative.
The cleat design of the I-Clic Carbon is extremely similar to previous Time models, in particular the RXS model. However, a dramatic change in the new cleat design is the removal of the brass lump, which could be found in previous model. Instead the I-Clic Carbon model features an integrated composite design; this redesign has raised concerns from a number of testers about how durable the new cleats will be when compared to the previous extremely hard wearing and long lasting brass cleat.
While the cleat design of the I-Clic Carbon is new, these pedals feature the trusted measurements of previous Time pedals. In particular, the foot to the centre of the pedal distance remains 7.7mm, ensuring that all the latest Time pedals still possess the closest system available. This precise measurement, unique to Time pedals, ensures that riders can achieve more efficient pedal strokes. Similarly, the I-Clic Carbon pedals also feature the popular lateral float measurement of 2.5mm and + / – 5 degree angular float measurement, which offer the perfect amount of movement for cyclists with sensitive knees. While the 15 degree release angle remains the same as previous models, the I-Clic Carbon also features the S.E.T (Sensor Elasticity Tuner) which offers riders three settings to alter the feel of the pedals float.
But, while these improvements and redesigns are fantastic, the most impressive aspect of the Time I-Clic Carbon is the clipping-in system. Upon release Time explained that the I-Clic possesses a pioneering pre-opening automatic engagement system. This ‘auto step-in’ provides riders with an instinctive, sensitive, smooth and effortless clipping- in system. This system ensures that the cleat doesn’t have to work hard against the spring in order to effective clip-in, instead the trigger mechanism makes clipping in extremely easy, often riders only have to slightly press their feet into the pedal and the cleat snaps into position. Our testers agreed that the Time I-Clic Carbon clipping-in system is one of the easiest available to cyclists today, while their feet remained secure once clipped-in.
The Time I-Clic Carbon offers riders features unavailable on any other pedal, in particular a full carbon design, comfort and a remarkably efficient clipping-in system. These aspects as well as a number of other innovations undoubtedly make the I-Clic Carbon’s the best pedals on the market today.