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Old 10-14-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Rad Racing wheels? Anyone heard of them?

Why are they half the price of the other guys? Has anyone used them
http://www.radmfg.com/mobile/Product...ADWK-SP-F8001F

It sounds too good to be true.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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I have a RAD hub on my rear wheel. I only have a few thousand miles on it, but my stock hub was eating rear wheel bearings and this one doesn't. Other than that, I don't know how to "evaluate" a hub. It looks pretty and it works. Good enough for me.

To which "other guys" are you referring?

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Old 10-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Rad rocks the world!!! Same hub that Woody guys uses. I only have 10ish thou miles on mine, and whadaya know, no bearing issues, front rim is still straight and true. Awesome customer service and very knowledgeable on wheels and hubs. Can't say enough good about them.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:10 PM   #4
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I was mainly referring to Woody's.


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I have a RAD hub on my rear wheel. I only have a few thousand miles on it, but my stock hub was eating rear wheel bearings and this one doesn't. Other than that, I don't know how to "evaluate" a hub. It looks pretty and it works. Good enough for me.

To which "other guys" are you referring?

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Old 10-14-2014, 08:33 PM   #5
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Yes, go directly through Rad. They have plenty of options to choose from and still keep prices down.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:08 PM   #6
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I bought a set from Woody's last year. Front 21" x 1.85 x 36H and rear 18" x 3.5 x 35H. SS spokes and SS nipples, all heavy duty. Woody's "super laced" setup. Oh, and hubs were blue to match the bike. They were great to deal with, and Zach answered all the questions I had, and with great patience.
All in it came in at less than $2,038. That included the sprocket carrier and the KTM sprocket to keep my gear ratios almost exactly the same. The rear wheel was sealed as a tubeless set-up with Woody's tape system.
I priced out a set of wheels at the RAD site, and the total came to $1,607. This didn't include the SS nipples, sprocket and wheel sealing for tubeless on the rear. I also noticed that RAD says you need to by a KTM disk, but that doesn't make sense, as I was able to use my OEM disk with the RAD hub.
Anyway, by the time you add in the additional items that I received on the Woody's set, I'm not sure that RAD is really all that much cheaper, and they don't have the Excel 18"x3.5 rim in their selection list for some reason.
You might get a set for a couple hundred less, but when I had a rear bearing go, Woody's replaced the set for me as a warranty item with no shipping cost. (My install, which was easy BTW). I don't know anything about RAD's customer service, but I had a great experience with Woody's and would do it again, but alas the wheels have been bomb proof so far.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:49 PM   #7
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I was mainly referring to Woody's.
Ah. Fair enough. Yeah, my wheels were built by Woody's. The wheels overall have taken some decent abuse in rock gardens with no ill effects. I like them and would recommend. My front is with the stock hub. There was nothing wrong with it, so I had them use it.

The hub I have from Rad (through Woody's) is likely the same, but I can't comment on the rest of the wheel directly from Rad.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 10-15-2014, 02:31 AM   #8
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I think, if you are referring to the RAD wheels using their generic rims (They call them CACR I think), these rims are a bit softer than excel's, D.I.D's or some of the other top brands, but it very much depends on the type of riding you are doing.

They are better than, or at the very least as good as, the OEM rims anyway so...

I don't know if they come with the safety bead grove so you would be able to seal them for tubeless or not though. If that matters to you.

Oh and keep in mind, RAD offers a 10% discount to all ADVrider.com members.

It's not on their site so you have to ask for it.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:25 AM   #9
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:15 PM   #10
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I ordered a Front Wheel. Excel 1.85 with black hub. Should be shipping next week I hope.
Sales guy was in too much of a hurry and kinda put me off but for the price, I am not too bugged. I did ask for an ADV 10% discount. He said yeah yeah and that's all I got.
Wheel See, and I will post what I find when I get it in my grubby hands.
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