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    Anyone riding the new Time ATAC MX 8?

    I'm a long-time Time Atac Alium rider, and I am looking to move up to a pedal with more platform.

    Anyone have experience with the new Time MX 8 (or other new Time Atac MX)?

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    I have been running the MX6 for about 4 months and really like them. I got them at a warehouse sale for $50. I have been using Time ATAC's for about 15 years now.

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    Do you notice the platform you're clipped in (esp. standing/cornering/landing), or does it only help when you're not clipped in?

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    I do not notice the platform when clipped in. It does however help when you are not clipped in and need a little extra grab on your shoe until you can get clipped in.

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    Iíve been on Timeís for over a decade now. I switched from ATACís to the Z version about 3 years ago. Z basically looks to be the same as what they're now calling DH, a pretty burly atac with aluminum body platform. Love the platform for when Iím clipping back in in a sketchy situation, and it does seem to offer a bit more solid interface with the shoe, which in turn allows me to descend faster with confidence. Bottom line is Iím a big guy with size 15 feet, so the platform model meets my needs better.

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    I've been using Times for 15yrs. Had the mx6 for about a year and beat the hell out of them. They're everything I love about Time pedals. Cage offers noticeably more support when pedaling, standing, and cornering. It does give you a better spot to stand when not clipped in, especially if using a rubber soled shoe and not a hard plastic XC type shoe. Def not as secure as flats, but functional if you're nervous or just can't get in.

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    I have both the ROC ATAC, and MX 6, and have bought and sold the XC 6. I have soft soled 5.10 clip-in shoes (Maltese Falcon), and hard soled bontrager xc soled shoes.

    The questions you ask are more dependant on your shoe than your pedal. I notice the lack of platform on the ROC ATAC when wearing my 5.10s, so I exclusively use the mx-6 with those.

    Regarding the use of the platform, with the 5.10 I can ride ok without being clipped in, but it's not ideal. With the hard-soled xc shoe, the platform isn't felt when clipped in, and is not really useful when not clipped it. Your arch skates all over the place when placed on the pedal not clipped in. It's really only useful when you need to get going again and can't clip-in before getting moving.
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    So with a bontrager rhythm shoe (stiff sole, but grippy tread), are you saying the platform will be useless / effectively-invisible and I might as well save the weight and get something like the XS?

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    I have Bontrager RL shoes. I'm not really familiar with the sole of the Rythm shoe, but if the only differnce is the rubber of the tread, then yes, I would say the platform wouldn't add anything to your experience, and you would probably be better off with a smaller, lower profile, ligther pedal.

    My 5.10s work with the MX platform because the sole flexes enough to touch the platform all around. The RL's don't.
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    Hummm....I think you just saved me some money. Thanks for the intelligent comments.

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    Got the new 2014 MX6 (dirty white ones).
    The platform is nice, definitly effective(I got mavic shoes). It is even effective when clipped in because the back of the pedal is effectively supporting the shoes. A nice thing on flexy AM shoes (like mavic alpine).
    Pretty strong, I bump more than once the platform on rocks without big damages.
    They are ligther than 2013 models (380g).

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    So I'm an experienced XC racer but I have a fun bike that I'd like to use both with flats (non-cleated, rubber soled shoes) and with traditional ATAC cleats. It sounds like the MX series is good for this.

    How about the DH4s? Which Time clipless pedal, MX or DH, is best and most comfortable when riding without cleated shoes?

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    Correct. I've got MX8 for my 5.10 Maltese Falcons and platform thingy it's really just false security. You think it will work as platform but really they don't work at all, or just barely, even with skate type sole. Simply my shoes stay above platform around 3-5mm not even touching them. Only cleat holds my shoe. When you unclip and put your sole, even my 5.10's do not bend enough around metal cage to use any part of the platform and your shoe simply slips to sides in sketchy sections, because your shoe really resides onlu on metal cage which is around 10mm above platform. Useless.

    Overall If I could I would get XC8 instead. They have more advanced mechanism (metal cage) and tension adjuster. New MX models DO NOT have tension adjust like previous X ROC S model. Only XC8 and XC 12 have it.

    To sum it up. Hybrid cliepless platforms IMO, give you just false security feeling where in real life they do nothing for you, or almost nothing. And because platforms are big they are heavier and you will knock them around rocks more. Disadvantages out-weight real life advantages. Maybe if you match it to proper shoes... But for that you would need to bring your shoes to the store, mount cleats and test pedals on the spot, otherwise is just pure guess if you will get anything form the platform at all.

    My advice is. Either stick with platforms or go all way for mere XC style clipless models without any platform. You will be able still to keep your feet while not clipped in and you will have smaller body and lighter pedals (and with Time XC tension adjuster as bonus).

    PS> My MX8 take more of the angle to disengage than I expected and I am using novice cleat set up at 13 degree angle (there is 17 mode as well). I heard there is a way to use metal grinder on the edges or something to make them clip on and off with less effort. These are my first clipless pedals so I am total noob with clipless technology. I fell many times already but I can feel advantages with more power etc. Still too scared to ride techy stuff with them. We will see in few weeks...

    I hope It helped. Either match shoes to pedals in the store or just go either flats or small clipless without cages. At least with Time ATAC's. Still... just my opinion based on Maltese falcons, semi flex'y skate type shoe with flat (not recessed) sole. Maybe if you had more XC type shoes with hole in the middle (recessed cleat) platform would be more useful? Test it if you can.

    Good luck!

    UPDATE

    I moved cleats little more to the back and now part of the sole touches back of the pedal platform, so we can say they do something but shoe only sits on one part of the platform. Front is not touching. So it depends how you mount your cleat as well. Still I keep my previous opinion as valid. Support is minimal and advantages are minimal.

    I ride XC to Enduro so no DH crazy stuff. Platform on MX8's is kinda medium, not like normal flat or DH Mallet. Keep that in mind.
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    Good thoughts. Sorry they aren't working out.
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    Good job!

    Well they work OK. I am not changing them. However I would trade minimal platform support for spring adjust in XC8 model (same price).

    I just thought that platform would give me more support. It gives just...meh... is there allright but I could live without it completely considering that when you are not clipped in platform does almost nothing for you. It's smallish and not really supportive. Time's design sticks our far more form the spindle than Shimano's therefore your shoe sits on two mall pieces of metal really. In Shimano's design of the clip is almost flat, I can see how platform there helps you. Take a look on Time's pictures. Whole pedal is massive 30mm thick profile (cage + spindle + cage again). So it's a lot more of rock hitting for me coming form my 11mm flats. I will get use to it.

    What I like about them is float. It helps a lot with body position and overall balance on the bike. Some people hate it I actually like it. It's new for me and I have fun with it. I choose Time's for they durability reputation mostly. Had enough rebuilding my flats every two months (HT).

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    Bit of a zombie thread but I'll throw my 2cents in... I've been using Times for about 15 years - love em. Recently bought some new shoes and decided to give a MX6 a whirl instead of just buying some new cleats. Anyway - totally surprised me because I had amazing contact while clipped in - didn't expect that. Very positive feel. Unclipped, for me, it's about right in terms of grip - as I don't tend to pedal them that way very long - only until I can find my way clipped back in. It does help.

    They are thick but smaller (not as long) than most platforms so it's not an apples to apples comparison in terms of thickness leading to strikes. 12mm thick at 55mm (half way point of a flat pedal) from axle is different than 27mm at 30mm from axle (not actual numbers so don't beat me up).

    I certainly believe that shoe makes the difference - my shoes are Teva Pivots - haven't tried my Sidi Doms or any other hard soled/shanked shoes yet.

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