Head Intelligence Radical Oversize

5sets

Semi-Pro
Just snagged one of these off the Bay. Anyone knows how it plays in comparison to the TiRadical and the Liquidmetal Radical OS?

Was the Intelligence series solely made in China or some Czech Republic? Need some history...


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B Cubed

Semi-Pro
Crap unfortunately. I thought it was a major step back between the two. Something about the feel in the throat, just very artificial feeling. Then very course correcting with a return to twin tube and flex throat of the LM Radical.
 

5sets

Semi-Pro
Oh well, good thing it was just $33 off the Bay. Arriving Friday, worth a whirl. I think my favorite so far is the Titanium one which Andre played with before this iRadical. I’ve been collecting all genres of Radicals.


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PBODY99

Legend
I liked the i - version. However, I think the i-Prestige feels better than the LM or model which I used BITD when I was feeling strong.
@5sets you should ask @vsbabolat for his expert input on the history.
 
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5sets

Semi-Pro
I liked the i - version. However, I think the i-Prestige feels better than the LM or TI models which I used BITD when I was feeling strong.
@5sets you should ask @vsbabolat for his expert input on the history.
Okay . Cool. Probably mixed reviews. So far all my different ones feel similar enough to keep in the bag for matchplay. The CandyCane is more heavy with a muted feel.


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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Just snagged one of these off the Bay. Anyone knows how it plays in comparison to the TiRadical and the Liquidmetal Radical OS?

Was the Intelligence series solely made in China or some Czech Republic? Need some history...


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For 2 years the i.Radical was made in Austria then when the LM radical came out HEAD shifted production to China for the i.Radical. This was the start of the draw down of in-house production in Austria for HEAD. The LM Radical was made in Austria for 2 years before the Flexpoint Radical came out. Then the first year of the Flexpoint Radical was made in the Czech Republic before all retail production was outsourced to China.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Yep, 'i' was certainly where the end began. I remember at some stage trying the - unbeknownst to me Chinese - mp demo and the rep blanching noticeably when I mentioned that the strings must be iffy as the racquet felt so dead and planky - think he'd been hearing that at every stop, but when a Philistine like me noticed he knew things were indeed grim.
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Yep, 'i' was certainly where the end began. I remember at some stage trying the - unbeknownst to me Chinese - mp demo and the rep blanching noticeably when I mentioned that the strings must be iffy as the racquet felt so dead and planky - think he'd been hearing that at every stop, but when a Philistine like me noticed he knew things were indeed grim.
There wasn’t any Chinese i.Radical MP until after the LM Radical MP came out. It took time for all those Austrian i.Radical MP to run through. It wasn’t until year after the release of the Austrian LM Radical MP did you see Chinese i.Radical.
The HEAD Rep would not have been traveling to accounts with a Chinese i.Radical. Those Chinese i.Radical’s were being sold to big box stores and online retailers. Not specialty accounts.
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
That’s not a Prestige. The Ti.Classic MP came out in 2002 during the intelligence era of top end racquets. The Ti.Classic MP was made in China during a time when topend premium racquets were made in Austria.
Messin' around. Owned the Ti.Classic. Never felt like a Prestige. Still own an i.Radical OS.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
There wasn’t any Chinese i.Radical MP until after the LM Radical MP came out. It took time for all those Austrian i.Radical MP to run through. It wasn’t until year after the release of the Austrian LM Radical MP did you see Chinese i.Radical.
The HEAD Rep would not have been traveling to accounts with a Chinese i.Radical. Those Chinese i.Radical’s were being sold to big box stores and online retailers. Not specialty accounts.
We were a large specialized tennis section within a big 'chain' sports store in Melbourne; so we used our relative buying power whenever we could to buy what ever we could, especially large production runs. Even we didn't get - and still don't - a lot of what the rest of the world did. I seem to remember asking why the racquet now said 'Designed In Austria' instead of 'Made In Austria', and was told the manufacturing was now being done in China, and that the racquet was no longer twin tube. I could be wrong, it was a long time ago. (I don't remember - in my dotage - any other - Austrian - i. Radical coming out in our little neck of the woods prior to this i. Radical though.)
 
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Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
For 2 years the i.Radical was made in Austria then when the LM radical came out HEAD shifted production to China for the i.Radical. This was the start of the draw down of in-house production in Austria for HEAD. The LM Radical was made in Austria for 2 years before the Flexpoint Radical came out. Then the first year of the Flexpoint Radical was made in the Czech Republic before all retail production was outsourced to China.
Can you write down a timeline with the years of the transition? Much appreciated.

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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
We were a large specialized tennis section within a big 'chain' sports store in Melbourne; so we used our relative buying power whenever we could to buy what ever we could, especially large production runs. Even we didn't get - and still don't - a lot of what the rest of the world did. I seem to remember asking why the racquet now said 'Designed In Austria' instead of 'Made In Austria', and was told the manufacturing was now being done in China, and that the racquet was no longer twin tube. I could be wrong, it was a long time ago. (I don't remember - in my dotage - any other - Austrian - i. Radical coming out in our little neck of the woods prior to this i. Radical though.)
There was no designed in Austria written on the i.Radical. There was a sticker on the butt-cap that had Made in Austria. Also when HEAD had Designed in Austria on the racquet it did not necessarily mean it was made in China. I have Pro Tour 280 that have that but we’re made in Austria and all Prestige Classic that had Designed in Austria on them were made in Austria. They were finished in the Czech Republic.
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Can you write down a timeline with the years of the transition? Much appreciated.

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In 2005 HEAD announced that production of in-house tennis racquets in Austria and the Czech Republic will end. In Feb and March 2006 HEAD did one last production run of Prestige Classic 600 for the consumer and ended retail production in Austria. Pro stock production continued until 2012
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
In 2005 HEAD announced that production of in-house tennis racquets in Austria and the Czech Republic will end. In Feb and March 2006 HEAD did one last production run of Prestige Classic 600 for the consumer and ended retail production in Austria. Pro stock production continued until 2012
Thank you.

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5sets

Semi-Pro
For 2 years the i.Radical was made in Austria then when the LM radical came out HEAD shifted production to China for the i.Radical. This was the start of the draw down of in-house production in Austria for HEAD. The LM Radical was made in Austria for 2 years before the Flexpoint Radical came out. Then the first year of the Flexpoint Radical was made in the Czech Republic before all retail production was outsourced to China.
How does one tell where the Intelligence Radical is made? I heard on the Liquidmetal it’s trapdoor versus sticker. I don’t see any markings on the Intelligence.


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Semi-Pro
Wow, just received it today and played with it. Plays like butter. No complaints


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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
How does one tell where the Intelligence Radical is made? I heard on the Liquidmetal it’s trapdoor versus sticker. I don’t see any markings on the Intelligence.


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Does it have black rubber paint or hard matte paint? Post up photos.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
There was no designed in Austria written on the i.Radical. There was a sticker on the butt-cap that had Made in Austria. Also when HEAD had Designed in Austria on the racquet it did not necessarily mean it was made in China. I have Pro Tour 280 that have that but we’re made in Austria and all Prestige Classic that had Designed in Austria on them were made in Austria. They were finished in the Czech Republic.
Thanks, yeah, probably getting my Radical and Prestige memories amalgamated lol
 

5sets

Semi-Pro
I liked the one that jolly passed around for fun.
I think that was the 1993 Trysys 260, the one Andre first used when he signed on with Head. He won the 2001 Australian Open with this Intelligence Radical. This exact one that I have in my possession ;) lol


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TheRed

Professional
Just snagged one of these off the Bay. Anyone knows how it plays in comparison to the TiRadical and the Liquidmetal Radical OS?

Was the Intelligence series solely made in China or some Czech Republic? Need some history...


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The iradical felt more brittle and stiffer than the Ti or the LM, even the Austrian versions. I think the Ti is highly underrated on this forum. The Ti was the beginning of when Head started making the radical lighter but it was still made in Austria and still had the traditional Head feel. I have mine heavily modified and frankly, it's nicer than any of the earlier versions. Plush, solid and predictable. I also had the Austrian Irad OS and played very well with it but the Ti just feels better. I've never owned any Chinese radicals though.
 

5sets

Semi-Pro
The iradical felt more brittle and stiffer than the Ti or the LM, even the Austrian versions. I think the Ti is highly underrated on this forum. The Ti was the beginning of when Head started making the radical lighter but it was still made in Austria and still had the traditional Head feel. I have mine heavily modified and frankly, it's nicer than any of the earlier versions. Plush, solid and predictable. I also had the Austrian Irad OS and played very well with it but the Ti just feels better. I've never owned any Chinese radicals though.
Yeah I love the Ti. I put a leather grip on mine. Did you add lead tape? And if so, where?


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5sets

Semi-Pro
I can’t tell. The only way to tell is to remove the pallets and see that’s on the Hairpin. If the code starts with H22 then it’s made in Austria.


Don’t care all that much to take it all apart, but I’m replacing the grip anyways. Is “tk76” of any significance?



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Semi-Pro


Don’t care all that much to take it all apart, but I’m replacing the grip anyways. Is “tk76” of any significance?



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Oh, I just dug up an old thread from 10 years ago that said TK 76 is the type of pallet. Looks like a matte finish anyways


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5sets

Semi-Pro


Score!!!!! Well at least 4 years ago the consensus was grey pallet TK76 was Austrian


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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.


Don’t care all that much to take it all apart, but I’m replacing the grip anyways. Is “tk76” of any significance?



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I believe that’s Austrian. Grey TK76 pallets were made in Austria. The pallets made in China are the TK82.
 

5sets

Semi-Pro
The more I play with this, the more I like it. It arrived with a full bed of prince synthetic gut duraflex. Maybe that’s the real reason as I usually play with poly.


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