Miche Syntium DX wheelset review

The Syntium DX gives you a quality build in an all-round disc brake wheelset

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Miche Syntium DX is a well-built disc brake wheelset with classic straight pull spoking and shallow alloy rims. It adapts easily to all hub standards and provides a quality ride. But the narrow rims and lack of tubeless compatibility mean that it misses out on more modern features.

Reasons to buy
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    Robust build

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    Reasonably lightweight

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    Broad hub compatibility

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Reasons to avoid
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    Narrow rims are not tubeless ready

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Miche is the classic small Italian manufacturing company. Still in the same factory north of Venice that it has occupied for 99 years, it makes over 10,000 different bicycle components with a wide range of wheelsets, including the disc brake Miche Syntium DX.

The rims on the Miche Syntium DX wheels are alloy, with a 24mm depth. They are asymmetric for a more even spoke tension between the two sides. Their inner width is 15mm. That’s quite narrow by modern standards, although the support for 25mm tyres is fine. They’re not tubeless ready, although other Miche wheelsets are.

Miche makes its own alloy hubs. They’re laced with straight pull Sapim bladed spokes: two crossed on the rotor side and radial on the right hand side on the front, two-crossed on the drive side and radial on the rotor side on the rear. Spoke tension is high and Miche machine trues its wheels to closer tolerances than most factory built wheels.

Miche Syntium

Miche makes its own hubs, which have broad compatibility

As with almost all disc brake wheelsets, the Miche Syntium DX comes with a broad range of axle standard compatibility, via a set of adapters. So you can set the hub up for quick releases, as well as 15mm and 12mm front thru-axles and 12x142mm rear thru-axle. It’s pretty easy to swap over the axle adapters, by popping them out and replacing them with the correct ones for your frame.

At 1,632 grams, the weight of the Miche Syntium DX wheelset is competitive with disc brake wheelsets at its price as well as many more expensive offerings. Miche suggests that they’re good for racing and endurance rides. They’re certainly reactive enough and feel substantial and well made with quality components.

The Miche Syntium DX is available with either a Shimano or a Campagnolo freehub. It’s a quality wheelset at a reasonable price, but look a bit left behind by the current trends to wider rims and tubeless. But if you’re not looking for cutting-edge tech, it should be durable, easily serviced and serve you well over many miles in a variety of conditions.

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