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Cracks in Miche Head Set(5 posts)

Cracks in Miche Head SetFred the Cross-Poser
Aug 27, 2001 5:54 AM
Folks -

I have a 1998 Bianchi Eros with about 6,000 miles on it. During a cleaning, I noticed that the aluminum portion of the Miche headset is cracked. So far, I haven't noticed any problems with the steering or fork/stem slop or looseness.

Anyway, Is there anything special about the Miche headset? I am thinking to replace it with Campy, but the Miche looks different from just about anything else on the market (kind of conical?).

Thanks in advance!
re: Cracks in Miche Head Setgrzy mnky
Aug 27, 2001 7:55 AM
Personally I'm not familiar with that make, but it sounds like more emphasis was placed on looks vs. engineering. Visible cracks from fatigue is not good in aluminum.

Cane Creek is cruddy, Campy and Shimano are good, but a Chris King unit is the ultimate. Lots of color combos and a 10 year warranty, plus the ability to go from threaded to threadless with a conversion kit.

Obviously you need to carefullly check stack heights before ordering/installing.
re: Cracks in Miche Head SetVelocipedio
Aug 27, 2001 9:08 PM
Isn't Miche Campy's marque for products too-low-end to be branded Campagnolo?
Heritic!grzy mnky
Aug 28, 2001 8:41 AM
Pure blasphamy! But I like it ;-)
re: Cracks in Miche Head SetTom C
Aug 28, 2001 8:20 AM
You may look on it as an opportunity. Miche, like Ofmega of the past, is an Italian campy copy that Bianchi, especially, spec'd on many Bianchis in the late 90's. My experience with 2 of their headsets is that they are utterly disposible crap. Be forewarned however, that Miche cups are slightly undersized so a Campy headset will not fit without having a shop reaming the head tube. No problem with the crown race though. My Campione is also 1998 vintage. I had a 1996 Trofeo as well which broke and Bianchi under their warranty sent me the Campione frame. Both had the same Miche headset.