Miche is a
historic Italian bicycle componentry manufacturer. They started back in 1936, when Ferdinando Michelin decided to
change his business from being a bicycle manufacturer (started in 1909) to company that specializes in
componentry development. They have long been considered as one of the references of the Italian cycling industry,
but, as happened with many other componentry manufacturers, it was eclipsed in the last century quarter by the
Miche never tried to fight battles lost from the beginning and they have gone on with their business
successfully, even though they have been ignored by the cycling world as of late. The result is that, in these
olygopolistic days, the whole industry seems to dance to the rhythm of Campagnolo and Shimano engineers, Miche
has remained independent. They have not been asleep and have relied upon the highest technology available to face
the new century.
With the latest CAD/CAM tools, the most advanced forge processes, the newest CNC machinery and the most
demanding quality tests, nobody can say their products lack reliability and top performance. Now they will try to
go a step beyond, and reach the acknowledgments of the whole cycling enthusiasts, not only of the most informed
Their first movement in that direction is the releasing of the new Supertype componentry. Supertype is
a set of high end components, that includes the crankset, a pair of hubs, the cassette cogs, a pair of pedals and
The Supertype crankset tries to combine the typical Italian classical look with the latest technology
available. It is made of Avional 2014 aluminum alloy, forged and heat treated. After the forging, the piece is
CNC machined, so it joins the best of both worlds: the hardness and fiber orientation provided by the forge
process, and the abilities of the CNC machines to develop extremely high precision shapes. Once finished the
shaping of the piece, it is carefully polished and silver anodized.
Chainrings are made of Ergal 7075 aluminum alloy. This is the hardest alloy available, so it is used to also
manufacture the chainring bolts. Miche sells this crankset in 167.5, 170, 172.5 and 175mm sizes. The weight
reached is really good: only 570gr.
Hubs have been an area where Miche has traditionally excelled in. This time they have developed an
oversize type set with both body and axle made of 7075 aluminum. The integrated freewheel body is also made of
the same aluminum and it is available for Shimano and Campagnolo sprockets. These hubs feature double sealing
bearings with a special lubrication that insures a long lasting flawless rolling. It is very easy to service them
and the weigh only 160 g (5.6 oz) for the front one and 310 g (10.8 oz) for the rear. These weights include the
included quick releases! They are polished and then silver anodized for a great look.
Supertype pedals bring an innovative concept: they try to join the ergonomics and the power transmission
characteristics of the large cleat models with the low weight of the small cleat ones. As for its construction
Miche has used very few traditional materials. The main body is made of CNC machined magnesium, the axle has a
very special titanium alloy has been used (G6 certified), and the bearing cartridge is made of aluminum. The
engaging piece is made of carbon fiber.
All these innovations could result in a few reliable component, but Miche has successfully tested these pedals
during a year in the professional competition field. The tension regulation is very easy to do and its status can
be viewed thanks to the window mounted on the rear side. It is also easy to keep the system lubricated: there is
a valve that allows the entrance of grease. This time, weight is specially remarkable: 272 g (9.5 oz) each pair
for a very ergonomic pedal.
The new cassette sprocket set is made of Ergal 7075 T6 aluminum alloy. To face the hard life that this
component always has, they are deep anodized. This means that the controlled oxidation of aluminum (that is what
anodization is ) is much more thick than with a regular process. The external layer thus obtained is much harder
than naked aluminum, so this component is more durable than other aluminum sprockets. The most mechanically
demanded cog, the small one, is made of steel. These cogs have a profile that allows the chain to be engaged in
two of them at the same time, so transitions when a shifting is made are very smooth. The weight is just 114 g (4
oz) in the 12/21 combination. These cogs are sold one for one, so you can make any combination from 12 teeth to
28. They are available as well for Campagnolo compatible freewheel bodies as for Shimano.
And the last
component is a Seat Post. Its look is impressive because on its top it leaves the typical tubular
shape to show a perfect CNC work. It is made of 6082 aluminum, forged and then CNC machined with polished and
anodized finish. Its length is 220 mm and it weights 250 g (8.7 oz) in 27.2mm diameter. This weight is not
exceptional, but Miche has tried to develop a very safe component more than a very light one. The locking system
provides a very wide range of positions of the saddle.
These are all the Supertype components, but Miche manufactures many other ones always with the best quality
and innovative solutions. All they are a good choice to enjoy the highest technology available and have a
different touch in your bicycle.