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    Zipp 202 or 303 FC for NYC and surrounding areas

    I'm deciding between the Zipp 202 and 303 as my do-it-all-one-and-only wheelset. I'm currently running a pair of EC90 SLs, but the front gets a bit twitchy in x-winds. NYC isn't particularly hilly, but I do venture up to Bear Mountain occasionally. For riding in/around NYC, would the 202 or 303 be the better alternative if I were to only have ONE wheelset? I'm leaning towards the 303, but I have some reservations given that they're a little deeper than the Eastons. However, I hear the FC shape really makes a difference.

    Any feedback will be appreciated.

    Thanks. Again.

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    Depends. Where in NYC do you ride? If mostly Central Park, I'd go with the 303's (for obvious reasons), but in the outer boroughs the 202's might serve you better.
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    Thanks AlanE. I typically do laps around CP, but I often ride 9W up to Nyack/Bear Mountain. Would the 303's be too "heavy" for Bear Mountain? Never rode up with the Eastons, so I have no point of reference.

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    boogermin, I think we need more information. Tell us about yourself, your bike, your riding style, etc. Getting the right wheelset is a major decision.
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    Sure. 5'9"/153. Currently riding a 2012 Cervelo R3 Team with New SRAM Red, Aero Q-Rings, 3T Team cockpit, Look Blades, Easton EC90 SL CCs. Just switched my saddle to a Fizik Kurve Bull from Antares Braided. Best single alteration to the bike thus far.

    Definitely not a sprinter, more of an all-arounder, but I do enjoy going fast (that's why we cycle, right?), especially on descents. I enjoy the challenge of a climb, but can't say that I enjoy it. Typical loop around Central Park takes 17-18 minutes.

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    I live in Nyack and ride up and down 9w all the time. My tri bike has 404's and road bike Jet 6's. On really windy days and riding on a cross wind, I can feel the wind pushing the front wheel. Its just a matter of handling the bike.

    I say go for the 303's

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    I have both 303's (non FC) and 404s (FC). The FC does help with wind gusts. I would go with 303's over 202's because aero trumps weight almost all of the time.

    But neither choice is bad. Nice decision to have.

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    Thank you all for your feedback. Ultimately, I went with the 202s after speaking with people at Zipp. Whether this will make climbing less painful... TBD.

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    Hi,
    A good pick, the Zipp 303 FC are very good wheels. You will like them going over the mid 20's. I had no problems in Bear Mountain this past weekend.
    I would like to try the 202's.

    I Like the 303's FC better than my other wheelset.
    Aero does trump my R SYS.
    You adjust to the wind with the 303's.

    Good riding on them.

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