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    XTR 980 race pedals vs Time atac xs carbon?

    Finally switching pedals systems from eggbeaters to something new. I want more of a platform and solid reliability. For the price and weight, I might go xtr 980's or atac xc carbon. I've heard the xtr's don't do well in mud. I don't plan to ride in mud but I'm sure it will be inevitable in a race at some point. What do you all think?

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    I recently just switched from Candy's to the time ATACs and while I don't have any experience with the shimano pedals I would recommend the Times because the clip in is similar to the Crank Brothers but you can adjust the release tension.

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    In the races I've been in, I normally clip in at the starting line and stay there for the duration of the race. If it were cyclocross...? Ok, dismounts and run-ups could get some mud, turf or even snow into your pedals and cleat areas.

    Having used SPDs a lot, the biggest hangup for me tends to be wet snow that freezes onto the cleat and starts making a big snow lump. That can take more than a quick kick-stomp to overcome.

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    The goal is to stay clipped in but that doesn't always happen for various reasons; backed up first lap traffic, hike-a-bike sections, etc. I'm gonna keep running eggbeaters for cross though.

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    I've ran Time's for the last 3 years without a single problem, not one little issue ever. They've seen mud, snow, rocks, you name it. Absolutely flawless. I just bought the Titan model (ti/carbon) for my Epic to save some weight over the standard model, hope they take the abuse like my others.

    I have not run Shimano's, but I can highly recommend the Times

    BTW, there are a few places online that sell the ti carbon model for mid $200's.
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    I've ridden both XTR and Time. Frankly, I never could get comfortable with the XTR; however, I have loved the ATAC from day one. I too have never had a problem, ever. I even smacked the ***** out of my new ATAC carbon on the first ride and it doesn't even show a mark. Bottom line is that the ATAC is always consistent and reliable and I never felt that way with the XTR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broseph
    The goal is to stay clipped in but that doesn't always happen for various reasons; backed up first lap traffic, hike-a-bike sections, etc. I'm gonna keep running eggbeaters for cross though.
    Well, I got a pretty serious mud ride in on Sunday, with lots of stopping and regrouping (and therefore unclipping) and never once noticed any problem clipping into my XTR SPDs. I don't think it's a big issue


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    It's all a matter of feel. Time pedals will feel very similar to the egg beaters--buttery smooth float with very little centering force. Retention is independent of spring tension. SPD's have a more mechanical, solid in/out feeling with adjustable tension--almost like tiny little ski bindings. I have used all of the pedals extensively-- none of them perform poorly in snow/mud, egg beaters are a little better than the other two. If you're looking for a more "secure" feeling pedal, go with XTR.
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    Okay. I think I'm gonna go with XTR. If I don't like it I can always try the Time's later down the road.

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    I'e been riding the time atac carbon's for 5 or 6 years, no maintenance, no repairs, they just work. I have no reason to switch.
    It's sad, I bought my first pair for $120 new, now online they seem to be going for over $160 generally.
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    It's late to add this, but I have been riding time and now the atac carbon's for 5 years. Just bought a new 29er and tried the XTR M980's. They were great and I had no problem adjusting to entry and release, except in the mud where entry can become a session of footsy with the pedal. Rode them about 500 miles this summer in Telluride and Scotland and they are coming off the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broseph View Post
    I've heard the xtr's don't do well in mud. I don't plan to ride in mud but I'm sure it will be inevitable in a race at some point. What do you all think?
    Not sure about the XTRs but the 780 XTs are the best SPDs I've seen for mud clearance. They beat 520s, 540s & 647s easily due to the offset clip design. A very good choice at a fraction of the XTRs price.
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