Continuing their efforts to rejoin the head of the pack when it comes to pedals, TIME has another new Enduro pedal to check out – the Speciale 8. Following in the cadence of the Speciale 12, the 8 changes a few things up in order to offer a pedal that is not only less expensive, but lighter as well.
Like the Speciale 12, the 8 uses TIME’s ATAC (Auto Tension Adjust Concept) spring which offers easy entry and exit no matter what the conditions. Because of this, ATAC pedals have always been my person favorite in heavy mud or snow & ice. The 8 retains the spring tension adjust found on higher end pedals, and it uses the more squared-off spring profile compared to the completely round springs of old ATAC pedals.
The differences start with the size of the pedal which is slightly smaller at 90mm x 64mm and 21mm thick. The aluminum body also uses only two traction pins per side compared to the four per side on the 12. Along with a hollow steel axle and stainless steel bearings, the pedals check in at a claimed 196g per pedal or 392g per pair. That drops about 12 grams from the Speciale 12, which isn’t much but the Speciale 8 is also less expensive.
Priced at $125, the Speciale 8 is substantially less expensive than the $350 Speciale 12, and offers almost the same performance. Sold with TIME ATAC brass cleats which offer 13° or 17° release, the Speciale 8s will be available late February.