The Ultegra level pedals from Shimano are exactly what you expect them to be: a step up from the 105 level, lighter, equally dependable and easy to use, and (yes) a step up in price. As with most of their componentry, Shimano has made the price increase equal to the superior quality offered.
These pedals are completely compatible with the rest of the pedals in their line-up! So if you’re buying these to put on a new bike and your old bike has 105 pedals, you’re in the clear. The beauty of this pedal system from Shimano is the ability to keep all the road pedals compatible. If you own more than one road bike, this is great news. You can use cheaper pedals on your everyday bike, and higher-end (lighter) pedals on your race machine – and you only need one pair of shoes!
Enough about the system, you want to know about the Ultegra pedals and why you should buy them. These pedals are built on an aluminum spindle with an aluminum body that has a stainless steel contact plate – durable where needed, and lightweight where possible (320g for the pair). There is a stainless plate on top of the body that is designed to take all the wear and tear so the softer aluminum isn’t damaged.
Riding these pedals is a dream! They are easy to get in and out of, but you will not come out accidentally. There is a distinct, yet subtle click when stepping on the pedal for the first time. After that, you forget why you rode any other pedals for as long as you did.
The Ultegra pedals have a very wide platform, especially compared to many older pedals and even older Ultegra pedals. The extra width of the pedal serves to keep your feet developing hot spots and numbness as is associated with smaller platforms. What this really means is that your feet are going to be comfortable all day riding these pedals.
So you’re asking yourself “Why don’t I already have a pair of these pedals?” Good question. They aren’t break-the-bank expensive, actually pretty reasonable considering how long they will be on your bike. I fully expect these pedals to be good for upwards of 100,000 miles. That makes the $170 list price seem like a bargain.
And if you’re crazy for carbon, they have recently put out a carbon version. Yes, they are more expensive, but they’re carbon! So you pay some more money, but you get pedals that weigh in about 60g lighter. Other than lighter, they are basically the same great pedals only better. That’s a win if you can afford the extra cash. Check them out here!