The Time MX6 may be a bit of an ugly spud but it’s lightweight, great value and has excellent mud shedding abilities.
It’s fair to say the Time MX6 is not a great looking pedal, especially in this insipid Plasma yellow, but it uses the company’s proven ATAC mechanism, is lightweight and offers tons of support.
The MX6 platform is a composite material and features intricate cutaways to expel mud, although it does tend to scuff up quite easily and the Plasma yellow will stain.
The platform is 80x70mm, so is not the biggest, but the whole back of the pedal contacts the shoe and it is also one of the thinnest at the axle. This was really noticeable the first time we clipped in — pedalling felt more efficient, and we could also get our feet low in the corners.
Even though the Time uses a similar twin-bar binding to Crank Bros and Look, we found it much quicker to get clipped into the MX6. There’s a ramp at the back of the pedal and this really helps guide the cleat into the binding. It doesn’t have Shimano’s positive snap as the cleat engages, but we never had to fumble around to get the cleat in, or worry that we were half in, half out.
Time uses a really low-profile brass cleat, and initially we thought we’d have to run shims (none are included) with our Shimano control footwear, but they actually worked fine.
The cleat has five degrees of angular float and 6mm of lateral float, and depending on what shoe you mount it to, a 13 or 17-degree release angle. The only issue we had with the cleats is that they lack any lateral adjustment, and the fixing bolts are a little on the short side.
The Time MX6 may be a bit of an ugly spud but it’s lightweight, great value and has excellent mud shedding abilities. It’s also pretty supportive for a mid-sized, caged clipless pedal and your feet don’t slide around if you have to ride unclipped on the composite platform. Best of all, it is incredibly low-profile, which really makes a difference to on-trail performance.