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.
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 issueBroseph said: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.
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.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?