New Head Radical coming?

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  1. timball

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    A little bird....actually a Head rep...said there was a new Radical on it's way around the first of the year. I was told it would be a capped version....new pro? Anyone else heard anything?
     
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  2. ace0001a

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    Well it makes sense if Andy Murray is their choice representative for the Radical line. At least they could sell a racquet that looks closer to what is advertised by the pro supposedly using it. For me, I'm not really a fan of the current Radical beam design. I thought the Microgel beam design was great and I was suprised Head only used it for one generation. Maybe they felt the need to change for less overlap since they introduced the Speed line, but I wish they would have also kept the Radical line to a more traditional beam design as well.
     
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  3. Speed Kat

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    hmmmmmm.. very interesting! .. actually your probably right.. having both models capped will make the PJ'ing disguises easier for the pros using prestiges and radicals and who head wants to have promoting what racquet between Sod, AM, Wawrink etc..
     
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  4. Bartelby

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    There's something called a clear cap on the new speed pro, so maybe the radical pro will have the same.
     
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  5. Bartelby

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    June/July is the usual release month for the radical.
     
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  6. timball

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    I thought it might be a bit sooner as the new Speed is supposed to be out in January. The rep said, last Sept., that they would see it at an upcoming Head conference. Is the sequence normally, Radical, Extreme, Instinct and finally Prestige?
     
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  7. klementine

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    A CAP'd Radical?

    I really need to stay away from the racquet section of TT.... Too tempting.... especially considering what a pain in the @$$ it is to CAP a radical.

    ROSS K
    DO NOT READ THIS THREAD!!!!! :smile:
     
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  8. Bartelby

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    The sequence is usually

    beginning of year - spring release: pro and extreme
    mid year - summer release: radicals
    beginning of following year - spring release: prestige

    Instinct has been downgraded with the advent of the extreme line so it's release has moved around.
     
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  9. Dave M

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    I try not to read in here too often,it's too expensive!
    I liked the comment ot Ross, he's away at the mo so may not be in here reading much!
     
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  10. Mr_Shiver

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    Hopefully it will be more like the microgel version. I don't know what it was but the youtek felt different. It felt stiffer to me.
     
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  11. Fetedawg

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    I have read other comments referring to this as well. Would you mind explaining the differences between the beams, outside of their width differences, and what you like about the MG over the YT? Thank you.
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    The MG Radical MP beam design was not used for only one generation. It dates back to the Ti. Radical MP. The Speed Line design does not overlap with the design of the Radical even the MG radical. The round head shape of the Speeds Line like the Extreme Line is a first since the HEAD Master of the 1970's. All other HEAD racquets have had a very oval head shape that HEAD called in the 80's a "Longer head racquet". HEAD took this to extremes with the Director and bigger Legend.
     
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  13. eleventeenth street

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    are you sure the rep you spoke to meant/said capped radical? because we've all seen the pics of the new capped speed pro that is coming out early next year. maybe that is what he meant? if a new radical line was coming the first of the year, i would think there would have been news/pictures.
     
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  14. Mr_Shiver

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    I know this is a newbie type questions but what does it mean when it is capped and what effect does it have?
     
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  15. eleventeenth street

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    CAP grommets. the wrap-around protection guard around the hoop of the frame like the prestige line has
     
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  16. HiroProtagonist

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    This is my current problem, I just got a YTK Rad MP thinking it would be basically a Prestige MP with the perfect weight and balance for customization and specifically silicone, which I also suspected would quell the annoying vibration I experienced when I demoed the RadMP oh so long ago.

    But I demoed so long ago I failed to recall that the beam is nothing like a Prestige. Now I got it to where I want all super moded; CAPs, 20g silicone in handle, TK82s 4 1/2 pallets, and leather, ended up right about where I wanted in terms of balance and weight; 360g, 8pts HL. I'm going to give it a proper test but the beam just might be enough of a problem as to force me to try and find a PT57a(or whatever TGK code) in YTK Rad paint.
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. vsbabolat

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    Well the Radical Tour 260 MP, Radical Tour TwinTube 630 1995-1997(Zebra cosmetic), and the Radical Tour TwinTube 630 1997-1999 (candy cane cosmetic) all used the same mold and was the same mold as the Pro Tour 630. They were made to be able to have C.A.P. System Grommets and fit perfectly like on the Pro Tour 630 or a present day YT Prestige MP.
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. ace0001a

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    My experience is for the OS Radicals, but yeah the Youteks went .5mm thicker and to a more aerodynamic beam profile around the hoop. With the Youtek Radial OS, the grip area is longer and the v section looks shortened to compensate for the longer grip.

    I was not aware of the MP versions as I've always used OS Radicals before. I have a pair of every OS Radical made and the MG one is different from all of them. Even the drill pattern on the MG OS is slightly different to others (I know because I tried to put MG Radical OS grommets on older models)...but the MG Radical OS's drill pattern is the same as the Youtek (I put MG grommets on one of my Youteks). The LM and FXP Radicals shared the same beam design and mold with the exception of the FXP areas. The Ti and i Radicals are of the same mold. The Trysis 260 and Twin Tubes had the original molds. Again, I'm talking about the OS Radicals. The MP mold used on the original Radicals (Trysis 260 and Twin Tubes) is the same mold being used on the Prestiges now and looks like what was used in the Ti Classic and i Prestiges. So it looks like Head used the the same Radical MP mold from Ti all the way to the MG with slight physical variations dependent on the technology (LM, FXP)?

    Perhaps there is no overlap in actuality, but I feel it's debateable despite the Speed having a more rounded head shape. I've never handled a Speed, but in the pictures, it looks like the beam profile is not as aerodynamic as the Radical's and more like an curvier traditional beam.
     
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  19. Fetedawg

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    Thanks for the reply. I think the pic in the thread helps too.
     
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  20. ace0001a

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    I think going back to a Microgel Radical MP would be the latest and last one that used the more traditional beam profile...granted the Radical MP from Ti line and up is different to the Prestige, the current Youtek design is much more different.
     
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  21. jyas

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    I don't think that that little bird of yours is an actual Head rep. Or is a very misinformed one. Speeds in January and a couple non-radicals in the spring. Maybe summer? Heard nothing about capped versions and doubt that a rep would know either, at least not yet.
     
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  22. jcarbone

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    Microgel beam design

    I totally agree with this "beam design" issue.. hope that it come back in the next radical's generation.
     
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