Underneath the black and white paint of the Miche logo on this derailleur you can clearly see the raised contours of a ‘SunTour Blaze Lite’ logo - for that is what this is - a SunTour Blaze Lite and some extra paint.

What the difference was between a Blaze Lite and a SunTour VX Lite is beyond me - they seem identical. Both are cheap, workmanlike derailleurs with rather too much plastic for my refined tastes.


  1. Brand: Miche, manufactured by SunTour

  2. My category: SunTour - the V story

  3. Country: Italy, manufactured in Japan

  4. Date of introduction: 1993?

  5. Date of this example: 1993 (two letter date code is JD)

  6. Model no: unknown

  7. Weight: 249g

  8. Maximum cog: 26 teeth (hanger 24mm) or 28 teeth (hanger 26mm or more) (Source: Sutherland’s 6th edition)

  9. Total capacity: 28 teeth (Source: Sutherland’s 6th Edition)

  10. Pulley centre to centre: 56.5mm

  11. Index compatibility: 7 speed

  12. Chain width: 3/32”

  13. Logic: top normal

  14. Pivots: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung

  15. Material: aluminium rear knuckle, steel parallelogram plates and outer pulley cage plate and plastic front knuckle and inner pulley cage plate.