The Miche Supertype 440 RC wheels are a decent weight and offer plenty of stiffness, plus with their gloss finish they'll certainly add a bit of shiny bling to any bike. Their narrow width and basic brake track makes them feel a little bit old school, though.
- Pros: Good balance of aerodynamics versus weight; very well built
- Cons: There are better braking carbon rims out there; lockring can catch on the chain
Current trends of increasing tyre widths has led to wheel manufacturers following suit with their rims, but Miche hasn't felt the need to embrace the fashion with its Supertype wheels.
The inner rim width is just 17mm compared to the 23/24mm I see regularly now, which does make fitting the 28mm tyres I was using very simple. They literally popped on with just a bit of a push.
Wider tyres would have a little bit of a lightbulb effect but these are race wheels after all, and 25mm rubber is probably the largest they are likely to see so no big deal.
The 40mm-deep rim has a u-shaped profile and while it doesn't offer a massive aero advantage at speeds above 25mph there is a noticeable difference to how well the rim cuts through the air compared with shallower rims. They don't get whacked about by crosswinds either.
The build is quite stiff and offers a much firmer ride than something like the Scope R4C wheels I've recently had on the B'Twin. It's not overly harsh, just a bit of buzz over the rougher stretches of tarmac.
Stiffness is impressive too. I can quite easily get wheels to flex enough to touch the brake pads under hard climbing or when sprinting, and there were none of those issues here.
At just 1,469g (649g F/820g R), the Miches are responsive too. Acceleration is brisk and they seem to come alive in the hills, especially when you are out of the saddle.
One aspect of the Supertypes that isn't as good as some of the latest carbon wheels I've ridden is the braking. Carbon rims have a bit of a reputation for being grabby, as in no real grip from the pads until you get a bit of heat into the brake track and then they grab, so not a whole lot of modulation. In the wet things can be even worse.
Things have changed, though, and some of the newest carbon rims offer pretty much the same quality of stopping power as alloy rims thanks to different coatings or carbon layups, but the Miches aren't among them. Feedback is quite vague, and while you can bring the bike to a stop relatively quickly it's not exactly confidence-inspiring if you have to brake hard unexpectedly.
Miche is proud of its made in Italy heritage and I have to say the overall quality of the Supertypes is very good indeed. Straight out of the box there were no spokes pinging as things settled down or anything like that, and I had no issues with them remaining true.
The hubs have a carbon fibre shell with 7075-T6 aluminium alloy flanges. These are laced to the carbon rim with Sapim spokes which are made specifically for Miche rather than being off-the-shelf items.
The front wheel has 18 spokes in a radial pattern while the rear has 24 spokes laced two-cross on the drive side and radial on the non-drive.
Miche has gone for SKF sealed bearings and they roll smoothly.
If you like a bit of noise when you aren't pedalling you'll be fine with the Supertypes as they have a gentle click when the pawls disengage. Miche has used a titanium freehub body rather than the usual steel or aluminium and it is very hardwearing, when it comes to digging in from the cassette carrier.
Included in the package are a set of wheel bags, rim tape, some carbon-specific pads, valve extenders and a Miche lockring which looks rather snazzy in anodised red.
The issue I had with it, though, was that when in the 11-tooth sprocket the chain was climbing up onto the lockring, because it has a diameter of 38mm as opposed to the 35mm of a standard Shimano (which I swapped it back to). If you are using a 12-tooth as your smallest sprocket it should be fine, or you could get really anal with your limit screws.
The Supertypes are tubeless-ready but they don't come with the necessary valves or tubeless tape.
We've seen some really good quality wheels coming through road.cc Towers lately at some very good prices, which give these £1,549.99 wheels a run for their money.
The Scope R4c wheels mentioned earlier are £1,298 and weigh only a little more at 1,550g.
Other wheels I've tested recently are the RSP Calavera Carbon CC35s. I did have a few issues with truing these, out of the box, but they were just £809 and weigh 1,510g, which is pretty impressive.
The Miche wheels do feel a fair bit better overall quality-wise and seem more robust, too. Plus Miche has a two-year crash replacement policy.
Overall, the Miche Supertypes are a very good set of wheels if you are happy to live with the braking performance, but they are up against some stiff opposition.
Light and stiff race wheels but don't offer the best braking performance out there
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Miche Supertype 440 RC White Label Wheels
Size tested: 700C
Tell us what the wheel is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Miche says, "The Supertype wheelsets have always been a staple in the range and for 2019, Miche have taken the name and modernised it for updated trends. The tubeless ready 17c rim section means that it will handle any road tyres, no matter the width you want to run.
"The 40mm rim profile has been developed for maxmimum performance, incorporating wind resistance and strength with T-700 unidirectional carbon fibre and HTG resins.
"The hubs have been made from carbon fibre, with CNC AL 7075 T6 over-sized flanges for a lightweight but strong outcome. The Supertype hubs use SKF bearings for precise and long-lasting smooth rolling."
I think the Supertype wheels have a couple of minor flaws but they are a decent overall race wheel.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the wheel?
Hubs: AL 7075 T6/ 3K Carbon
Bearings: SKF Sealed Bearings
Freewheel Body: Titanium
Rims: 3K Carbon Fibre
Spokes: Sapim spokes / Nipples which are specifically manufactured for Miche
Included in the box
Carbon Rim Brake Pads
Maintenence and Service booklet
For such light wheels they have no issues with lateral stiffness.
Did the wheels stay true? Any issues with spoke tension?
Stayed true throughout with no issues.
How easy did you find it to fit tyres?
The narrow rim profile made it easy to fit 25 and 28mm tyres.
How did the wheel extras (eg skewers and rim tape) perform?
Everything worked well, but the larger diameter lockring isn't a fit and forget item.
Tell us how the wheel performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A good all-round set of wheels balancing aerodynamics, stiffness and weight.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel
Light and stiff, which means they make good sprinting or climbing wheels.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel
Braking performance could be better.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They aren't the most expensive we've tested but we are seeing some very good wheels entering the marketplace for a lot less.
Did you enjoy using the wheel? Yes
Would you consider buying the wheel? Possibly, if there was a good deal on.
Would you recommend the wheel to a friend? They are worth considering.
Use this box to explain your overall score
There is a lot to like here when it comes to the weight and the quality, but there are a few brands delivering similar products for less money.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.