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Old 09-26-14, 05:34 PM   #1
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Another Wheel Question

Hey guys and gals, this has probably been asked a thousand times already, but I'm curious if anyone has any information on

Zipp 202 clincher vs. Enve 3.4 clincher

I am an experienced racer, will likely ride whichever wheel I end up picking on a daily basis, and I would prioritize my criteria as follows: quality >weight > aerodynamics. My riding style is attack and breakaway on the group rides and I enjoy putting in work on the hills, in races I am most at home in climbing weighted road races, but I do crits for experience and points. I have read that the 202's are great climbing wheels and are very stiff, responding to attacks and sudden acceleration, conversely I have read some stories about Zipp hubs being more or less garbage and the warranty service with Enve being phenomenal, which starts to push me toward Enve, but if I am going to spend $3,000 on a wheelset, I want to gather as many sound opinions as possible.

Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can share.
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Old 09-26-14, 06:00 PM   #2
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Although the Zipps are really good at responding to attacks, the Enve is better at sustaining breakaways. Wheel choice should be based on your riding and racing style.
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Old 09-26-14, 06:12 PM   #3
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Although the Zipps are really good at responding to attacks, the Enve is better at sustaining breakaways. Wheel choice should be based on your riding and racing style.
I guess I just have a really poor way of communicating the question that are clear in my head.
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Old 09-26-14, 06:18 PM   #4
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Your question was fine. Why not ask this in the racing forum, where people might have actual race experience on both?
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I did not know there is a racing forum. Oops. Thank you.
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There's a good article in the current issue of Velo News. It compares eight wheels including Enve's 3.4 which came in second to Zipp 303s (not the 202s you are considering). I've ridden Enve's and like them. I also had the Zipps and they are great for climbing. Based on what you said, I would go with the Zipps. The hubs aren't great but just require more maintenance.
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