The contact area is broad on the Ultegra pedals so your feet don’t rock when you ride out of the saddle, while a replaceable stainless steel plate on the alloy body adds durability.
Clipping in is straightforward with a good, healthy clunk letting you know when you’re engaged. Getting the spring tension equal between the pedals is simple too, thanks to a little indicator on each one.
The bearings are smooth straight out of the box and you can service them easily as long as you have the Shimano axle removal tool (£2.99). The trouble is, although they’re solid and dependable, these pedals don’t stand out especially for the high price.