2018 25-year anniversary Radical

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
Courtesy of a former forum member. This reminds me of the Agassi Limited Edition Radical, which I regret letting go.

2018 is the 25 year anniversary for the Radical Tennis racquet. We have a special launch to celebrate this special year.

A special version of the 1993 Agassi Radical OS racquet that will be endorsed by Agassi himself. This is the cosmetics and specs of the first Radical played by him. We will feature social media videos and will be limited to 1,000 pieces for the US market

A special cosmetic of the current Graphene Touch Radical MP. This will feature a special modern cosmetic with the colors of the original racquet. This will be limited to 2,000 racquets for the US market.

Both racquets will feature 2 SVC Rubber band dampeners FOC.

Both are strung with Lynx Anthracite.

A special 25 Year Radical 6R combi bag back with a highlight of yellow. This will be limited to 600 bags for the US market.
 

BDAZ

Professional
Hope it's a better replica than the last L.E. Hopefully they use the original mold and not the Ti.Radical mold this time.
 

Seth

Legend
Hope it's a better replica than the last L.E. Hopefully they use the original mold and not the Ti.Radical mold this time.
That would be preferable, but it’s HEAD we’re talking about. They’re the best at taking a perfectly good mold and screwing it up.

I will say that if this Radical OS truly calls back to the OG, I’ll eat some crow. I’ve been suggesting HEAD release classic molds for a while now.
 

BDAZ

Professional
Hard to tell on the mold of the Rad OS... OG or Ti.Rad mold, like the last limited edition? I have a feeling it is pretty much the same as the last one but with the original graphics of the original. I hope I’m wrong. May have to pull out my “25th Anniversary” (25 year old) Radical Trisys 260 OS. Sure, it may have some wear and might be a little faded, but still hits great.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
I have taken the liberty of re designing the LTD with a less graphic approach and more color blocking like the original. Same colors as the OG but with the Modern HEAD blocking and a little fade... ideally this would NOT be matte either. HEAD designers have been killing it with the Speed and Prestige pjs.... why must they muck up the Radical lines with the tribal tattoo patterns and what not. YOu can make a radical look radical with proper colors but still have a clean design (a la Youtek)

Mine:


Theirs:
 

BDAZ

Professional
I like your edit much better. And I just saw the promo pics you posted. Definitely the Ti.Rad mold and not the original.
 

Phantasm

Semi-Pro
they're only releasing the OS Radical Tour in Size 2 Grip according to the japanese video. Not that it's that big of a deal cause its a head racket and you can switch pallets...
 

BDAZ

Professional
Anyone see a problem with this? From Head’s Facebook page.



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BDAZ

Professional
I wonder if there's Twaron.........
But do you really? What is the likelihood? Slim, at best. On a different note, you always mention that pro stock racquets that are now made in China feel just like the old Austrian ones. Do those have twaron in them?
 

n8dawg6

Legend
theyre here ... according to specs on another page the agassi is 11.9 oz strung, 340ish SW. formidable, but lighter than the original if im not mistaken. i cant tell what the base grip is, it only mentions the blue overgrip
 

makinao

Rookie
curious what the weight will be. like others are saying, doesnt appear to be the original trisys 260 mold.
The ad says its 320gms.

If its anything like the LE, then i’d be interested. But I still have three. Two are my main sticks, and one is unused/reserve.
 
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Seth

Legend
I wonder what total stock will be for these? The Agassi Ltd Ed from a while back ended up releasing a ton of them. I think TW even had them on deep discount at one time but I may be mistaken.

A TW competitor EXPRESSly told me that they have 30 frames in 4 1/2 alone.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I wonder what total stock will be for these? The Agassi Ltd Ed from a while back ended up releasing a ton of them. I think TW even had them on deep discount at one time but I may be mistaken.

A TW competitor EXPRESSly told me that they have 30 frames in 4 1/2 alone.
i noticed that they have the bare racquets and then the LTD boxes with the signature and paraphernalia. probably a ton of the bare racquets will be out there
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
It’s crazy to think that the box alone with the paraphernalia is $190 where the racquet by itself is only $210.
 

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
I got my L.E. (from the '06 release) restrung and put on a fresh grip the other day. First swings were heavy, but man, I missed it. Such a great racket... I'll probably be buying at least one more.
 

Capulin Zurdo

Hall of Fame
I wonder what total stock will be for these? The Agassi Ltd Ed from a while back ended up releasing a ton of them. I think TW even had them on deep discount at one time but I may be mistaken.

A TW competitor EXPRESSly told me that they have 30 frames in 4 1/2 alone.

I see what you did there ;)

I'm intrigued with the Agassi frame, may succumb and pick one up later on.
 

makinao

Rookie
Here's the racquet without the box. It's called the "Radical Oversize Ltd" (I'll call it the ROL). $210.
https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_Radical_Oversize_Ltd/descpageRCHEAD-HROSL.html


Pardon me for splitting hairs, but ...

ROL specs in TW (340g / 32.49cm balance point / 6 pts HL / SW 334 / flex 64) are almost the same as:
LE review specs in TW (343g / 32cm balance point / 6 pts HL / SW 338 / flex 63).

OTOH, the specs of the ROL in the Head website and what's written on my LE are exactly alike, but different from TW.
ROL in Head ad
Weight (unstrung): 320g / 11.3oz
Balance: 315mm / 1" HL
Beam: 21,5

LE on my racquet
Weight: 320g / 11.3 oz
Balance: 315mm / 1" HL
Beam: 21mm

Based on these specs, its tempting to guess that the ROL is an LE redux, not a trysis, not a twintube, not a zebra, not a Ti. All we need now is some Radical aficionado here to actually play it.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Here's the racquet without the box. It's called the "Radical Oversize Ltd" (I'll call it the ROL). $210.
https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_Radical_Oversize_Ltd/descpageRCHEAD-HROSL.html


Pardon me for splitting hairs, but ...

ROL specs in TW (340g / 32.49cm balance point / 6 pts HL / SW 334 / flex 64) are almost the same as:
LE review specs in TW (343g / 32cm balance point / 6 pts HL / SW 338 / flex 63).

OTOH, the specs of the ROL in the Head website and what's written on my LE are exactly alike, but different from TW.
ROL in Head ad
Weight (unstrung): 320g / 11.3oz
Balance: 315mm / 1" HL
Beam: 21,5

LE on my racquet
Weight: 320g / 11.3 oz
Balance: 315mm / 1" HL
Beam: 21mm

Based on these specs, its tempting to guess that the ROL is an LE redux, not a trysis, not a twintube, not a zebra, not a Ti. All we need now is some Radical aficionado here to actually play it.
i think youre guessin correcty. i guarantee its a redux of the LE
 

makinao

Rookie
Where does the LE rank among all Radical OS?
IMHO only, among the "yellow" radical OSs:
1) The LE had similar balance and weight to the Trysis, but was slightly stiffer.
2) The LE was either lighter or head-lighter, but had more "pop" (for want of a better term) than the Zebra or Candy Cane.
 

makinao

Rookie
It’s crazy to think that the box alone with the paraphernalia is $190 where the racquet by itself is only $210.
Yup. 190 for a pretty box, some auto signed "authentication" papers and a roll of overgrips? Just get 2 rackets alone and be done with it.
 
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TENN!Sfan

New User
Would defintely be interesting to hit with the LE. Given the price tag, the microgel OS would be a more economic alternative. Any thoughts on how these compare (apart from the lower weight of the MG)?
I have used the Zebra OS back then for several years; followed by the Ti MP. Currently, the Wilson UT is my racket of choice.
 

makinao

Rookie
Would defintely be interesting to hit with the LE. Given the price tag, the microgel OS would be a more economic alternative. Any thoughts on how these compare (apart from the lower weight of the MG)?
The Red liquidmetal, microgel, and flexpoint radicals didnt have the plowthrough or pop of the yellow ones.
 

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
IMHO only, among the "yellow" radical OSs:
1) The LE had similar balance and weight to the Trysis, but was slightly stiffer.
2) The LE was either lighter or head-lighter, but had more "pop" (for want of a better term) than the Zebra or Candy Cane.
1.) agree (if memory serves from all those years ago, the LE has a little more pop/stiffness - possibly due to the shorter throat)
2.) don't know myself, I remember the trysis 260 seeming a little heavier than Zebra and Candy cane. Although I ultimately loved the twin tube and flex, it took a while to get used to that over the bumble bee (both trysis and LE).

The LE is out of the bag ready to play. adjustment period is negligible
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
It is the Ti. Radical Oversize mold. HEAD can’t even do this right. Why not use the original Radical Trisys 260 Oversize Mold!?

Grommets from the Ti. Radical Oversize.
 

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
theyre here ... according to specs on another page the agassi is 11.9 oz strung, 340ish SW. formidable, but lighter than the original if im not mistaken. i cant tell what the base grip is, it only mentions the blue overgrip
If it's like the LE, it's the typical pallet with that old school hydrozorb grip, or what ever it was called.
 

Seth

Legend
It is the Ti. Radical Oversize mold. HEAD can’t even do this right. Why not use the original Radical Trisys 260 Oversize Mold!?

Grommets from the Ti. Radical Oversize.
Insane how HEAD have thoroughly destroyed and the homogenized every line they produce. Radicals, Speeds, Extremes, and Instincts are all pretty much the same. The OG mold would have made this a sure purchase for me. Now I’ll wait until they start popping up used and then maybe try it.
 

Sixpointone

Professional
Very cool. I've hit with the original version of the racquet many years ago, and really liked it. I'm glad to see it brought back as a tribute.
 
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