Which generation was the best Radical OS

Mig1NC

Professional
Thinking about trying one. They have three generations on TW now. LM, Microgel, and Youtek.

Going back as far as Flexpoint, which Radical OS was the best one?

I expect this was covered before, but the TT search engine doesn't let me use OS as a keyword and after browsing 4 pages out of a gazillion I decided to start a new thread.

Thanks!
 

ace0001a

Semi-Pro
Depends on who you ask, but many will say any of the classic models made between 1993 to 1998 are the best ones:

- Radical Tour Trysis 260, 1993-94, aka the Bumblebee
- Radical Tour Twin Tube, 1995-96, aka the Zebra
- Radical Tour Twin Tube, 1997-98, aka the Candycane

The ones after that have scattered opinions. Some like the Ti.Radical as the last classic feeling Radical that transitioned to newer and lighter versions and when the mold changed. I'd say if you spend enough time and effort, you could probably get each of the newer ones (Ti, i, LM, FXP and MG) for fairly cheap used from fellow forum members. Of the recent ones, I probably like the Microgel version the best in terms of feel, but it is a bit on the light side since I'm used to the classic ones. The thing with all of them made in the past decade, you can customize them because of the light weight to make them to your preferences as well as making them play more solid.
 
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Mig1NC

Professional
I was looking at the TWU sweetspot view and noticed that the Flexpoint had a huge sweetspot. By far the biggest of the modern series as far as the ones that have been tested by TWU.

Certainly there is more to how a racquet plays than that, but I thought it was an interesting bit of info.
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
First, I will say that this is from my personal playing experience and is just my opinion. I am far from a racquet expert, though I have played and demoed a bunch of modern racquets over the last couple years.

Of the modern Radicals (I have played mostly with the OS versions, but have hit at least once with all the MP versions), the LM version is the stiffest feeling of the modern radicals (to me anyway) and had a higher swing weight. It was a solid frame but it seemed to lack some of the touch I had with the other versions. I only played with this version briefly, before moving on to the Flexpoint.

The Flexpoint was an odd feeling frame. Of the modern Radicals, I would rate this as the one I liked the least. It seemed underpowered and the least stable of the group. I think it was the flex in the hoop that I could never get use to. After using it for a bit, I went back to the LM version. It just wasn't for me.

When the MG version came out I gave it a try and really found a racuqet that I liked. It is a forgiving comfortable frame with good touch and the light weight let me customize the weight to get the power level I wanted. After using the MG radical, I never went back to the Flexpoint or LM version. It is my favorite of the group and I have quite a few of these for when they eventually stop making them.

The YT version seems like a move back in the direction of the LM radical because the frame does feel stiffer when hitting from the baseline. To me the feel of the racquet falls between the LM and the MG. I really like the YT Rad Pro from this group and use that racquet for singles when I feel like hanging on the baseline for the day.

But more often than not, I still use my trusty old MG Rad OS for most of my playing these days. Even with all the racquets I have tried, to me this is the best fit for me and my game.

My personal ranking from favorite to least favorite would be (1) MG, (2) YT, (3) LM, and last with the Flexpoint.
 

li0scc0

Hall of Fame
First, I will say that this is from my personal playing experience and is just my opinion. I am far from a racquet expert, though I have played and demoed a bunch of modern racquets over the last couple years.

Of the modern Radicals (I have played mostly with the OS versions, but have hit at least once with all the MP versions), the LM version is the stiffest feeling of the modern radicals (to me anyway) and had a higher swing weight. It was a solid frame but it seemed to lack some of the touch I had with the other versions. I only played with this version briefly, before moving on to the Flexpoint.

The Flexpoint was an odd feeling frame. Of the modern Radicals, I would rate this as the one I liked the least. It seemed underpowered and the least stable of the group. I think it was the flex in the hoop that I could never get use to. After using it for a bit, I went back to the LM version. It just wasn't for me.

When the MG version came out I gave it a try and really found a racuqet that I liked. It is a forgiving comfortable frame with good touch and the light weight let me customize the weight to get the power level I wanted. After using the MG radical, I never went back to the Flexpoint or LM version. It is my favorite of the group and I have quite a few of these for when they eventually stop making them.

The YT version seems like a move back in the direction of the LM radical because the frame does feel stiffer when hitting from the baseline. To me the feel of the racquet falls between the LM and the MG. I really like the YT Rad Pro from this group and use that racquet for singles when I feel like hanging on the baseline for the day.

But more often than not, I still use my trusty old MG Rad OS for most of my playing these days. Even with all the racquets I have tried, to me this is the best fit for me and my game.

My personal ranking from favorite to least favorite would be (1) MG, (2) YT, (3) LM, and last with the Flexpoint.
An outstanding post!
I would modify this ONLY as 1) Youtek, 2) Microgel, 3) LM, 4) Flexpoint.
I prefer the Youtek over the Microgel as it seems to be a bit better on serve. Both are equally magnificent at the net.
 

Hapless

Rookie
Following on the last 2 posts, I'm wondering about how noticeable the difference in swingweight between the LM and MG is. I currently play the LM (and love it overall), but find a slight tendency to get tired swinging it around the 90-120 minute mark. Is the weight difference obvious, or am I better off sticking with the LM and letting my stamina build over time?
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
Following on the last 2 posts, I'm wondering about how noticeable the difference in swingweight between the LM and MG is. I currently play the LM (and love it overall), but find a slight tendency to get tired swinging it around the 90-120 minute mark. Is the weight difference obvious, or am I better off sticking with the LM and letting my stamina build over time?

The difference in the swing weight on the LM and MG was something that I definately noticed. The TW specs for the two racquets lists the SW of the LM version as 330. The MG version is listed with a SW of 318.

Because I liked the bigger SW of the LM and the softer feel of the MG, I ended up adding lead to the hoop (4 grams at 12) on the MG to bump the SW up so that it swings similar to the LM. Works for me.

It is pretty easy to find a used MG Rad OS for around $50 to $60 in the for sale section. It might be worth your while to grab one and give it a good play test to see if it helps.
 

li0scc0

Hall of Fame
Sorry to parrot HititHarder AGAIN.....but definitely the SW difference is noticeable. I prefer a SW around 340 in my racquets, and the LM version was close to that feel after adding a 3 gram dampener. Just a bit of lead at 10 and 2 and voila, swingweight of 340. With the Microgel, there was a lot of lead needed at 10 and 2.
Hapless, if you find yourself getting tired with the LM, definitely give the Microgel a shot. It swings easier, noticeably easier, in stock form.
Good luck! You have a winner with the Radical OS. Now the key is finding the 'right' one !
 
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