The Altur wheelset is part of Italian brand Miche's 2015 line up. They're reliable enough for your training bike and bling enough for your best bike so they'll get a lot of use year round.
The 35mm deep rims are made from T6 hardened 7075 alloy, which helps keep the weight under control. They come it 1780g on the road.cc Scales of Truth™, which lines up well against the competition.
Miche claim that they are designed as an all rounder for use training or racing in all terrains and to be fair they aren't far off the mark. They climb, sprint and accelerate very well indeed thanks to the stiffness of the deeper rim; there's really no lateral flex when you're out of the saddle.
On the flat or descending the 35mm rim depth does offer a little aero advantage and the Alturs maintain speed with ease. Although they're not super light there isn't a feeling of any excess weight anywhere; they feel very balanced.
It's depths of winter so these wheels have seen loads of rain and recently a fair amount of road salt and mud which hasn't affected the performance of the bearings at all. Everything is still running smoothly and more importantly quietly. The bearings are sealed so I don't see any reason why this should change.
The front uses aero 16 spokes laced in a radial pattern which allows a little bit of flex in what is an unforgiving wheelset. The rear uses a two-cross pattern on the drive side for the 24 spokes which keeps things tight like I mentioned above. There is a Campagnolo freehub option alongside the Shimano and Sram versions and all are 11-speed compatible.
At £294 they are pretty much in the ball park with other wheels with 35mm alloy like the Campag Scirroco 35s or the Fulcrum Racing Quattros both of which have a similar overall weight. Taking everything into account that is a pretty realistic price, you've got the reliability there and enough performance for varied riding styles.
Overall the Miche Altur wheelset is a solid feeling and performing set of wheels and makes a worthy upgrade without breaking the bank. They perform very well in the hills as well as on the flat feeling very similar to Mavic's well respected Ksyrium Elites although much cheaper.
The reliability is top notch and they are shrugging off the worst the weather can throw at them which makes for a good training wheel. The strength and stiffness provided by the rim also makes them a sensible alternative for entry level racing as they'll shrug off crashes and knocks with little in the way of damage.
The only downside is that they could be seen as a little bit harsh on rough road surfaces especially if you are a light rider.
Solidly built wheelset that is quick enough of for racing and tough enough for training.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Miche Altur Wheelset
Tell us what the product 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?
The Miche Altur wheelset is intended for a multitude of uses thanks to a solid build quality and sensible weight balance. The deepish rim provides plenty of stiffness and a dash of aerodynamics. Miche have achieved their go as the Alturs are a proper workhorse set of wheels which offer enough performance to bring a smile to your face.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Alloy 7075-T6 35mm deep rim
*Alloy spokes and nipples
*16 front / 24 rear spoking pattern
*Campagnolo, Shimano & SRAM compatible freehubs
*Skewers & rim tape included
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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Alturs have stood up to the wet winter weather and potholed roads with ease.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The performance and solid build quality.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
On the harsh side especially for lighter riders.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
If you're after a set of wheels for year round use or for training and racing you won't go far wrong with the Alturs. While they may not be exceptionally flash they offer great reliability while being light enough to enjoy climbing or sprinting on them.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 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,
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