72mm RAD "Release" Wheels

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(4 reviews)
  • Diameter: 72mm
  • Width: 42mm
  • Contact Patch: 42mm
  • Durometer: 78a, 80a, 82a
  • Core Placement: Centerset
  • Lip Profile: Round
  • Wheel Surface: Stoneground
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$53.95 USD

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As one the most innovative wheel designs on the market, the RAD Release is a whee re-invented that was worth going back over!
An original rigid, crown-core design was developed by downhill riders Louis Pilloni and James Kelly which supports the urethane on the wheel to create a more even distribution of weight on the wheel surface.
In essence, the crown core design make RAD wheels function more properly and predictably than any wheel you've tried before.

The narrow contact pact and beveled lips of the Release shape make standup slides easier to initiate while still keeping the ability to grip onto the pavement for supreme control!
The Release can be used with confidence for technical downhill riding while still sliding smooth enough to put you on the podium at your next slide jam!

As a centerset wheel, the Release can be flipped to reverse any sort of cone-shaped wear pattern which will increase the life of your wheels. If you want a functional wheel that can take your freeriding to new level of speed, try the 72mm RAD Release!

The 72mm RAD Release come pre-broken-in to get you shredding immediately.

RAD's Description

Rider Approved Designs present the Release.

The 72mm Release allows you to let it all out. With a 42mm contact patch and radius edges, finding the release point has never been so easy. A true centerset so it doesn't matter which way you put it on. At the heart of it all is the Crown Core. With three points and two valleys to separate the wheel into distinct sections, chatter and vibrations are eliminated. Made out of material 10x stronger than traditional cores, the Crown doesn't deform under weight maximizing your potential roll speed.

Product video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-zrnTKn2qE

Check out this video of Louis and James going over the RAD designs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8TDVugNO0


Decent, but prefer other wheels.
on 2017-07-10
I rode the 80a and they are moderately slidey and have a pretty consistent slide and good roll speed. The thing I don't like about these wheels is how they wear. When they get down past the round over of the lip, they get very lippy and the further they wear down the less evenly they wear and slide. The crown core is pretty narrow for a valley core and does not support the lips of such a wide freeride wheel. These wheels also don't last very long. I would prefer a boss hawg, kilmer, abec 11 freeride, or cloud ride mini ozone.
on 2017-04-08
Firstly, both the 78a and 80a are good, but the 80a is more of a workhorse that doesn't quite feel as nice as the 78a, but gets the job done. 78a is significantly more buttery and feels more like a typical freeride wheel in the slide. Much smoother kickout and hookup as you can feel the urethane tearing away like butter, whereas the 80a feels much sharper on kickout and has a very quick hookup, which can catch you off guard if you're not used to it. Definitely recommend starting with 78a's if you're not used to RAD thane. The 80a can also squeal a bit at low speeds. Both are very grippy wheels that kill a lot of speed, but that also makes them very controllable and easier to pull slides at higher speeds. They're my go to when I'm not sure if I'll be freeriding, pulling predrifts down hills, or making slower tech runs to scout new slopes. Both the core and the high reflex urethane make this wheel have awesome roll speed. You definitely notice it. I always find myself having to pull more speed checks when skating behind my friends to stop myself catching up to them. Bearing seat is all good. Nice tight fit, but bearing isn't crazy hard to remove like on These Wheels or Sector 9's new Cosmic Cores they run on Butterballs. Wheel will also last you a long time. Pretty slow wearing, especially the 80a. Only downsides are if you're a light weight rider, you may find these too grippy unless your hauling. If you're still wanting to try RAD, would recommend trying the 78a Glides if that's you, and also the 80a thane does tend to chunk (though it's normally just from riding over rocks & objects, or up curbs that are too high). Chunking usually isn't too bad though unless you're super near the core and the wheels at the end of its life anyway. Even still, some of my favourite, go-to wheels to date. Considering trying the 82a's.
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Shred the Gnar
on 2016-12-11 Verified Purchase
Best Freeride wheel by far
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Release the RAD
on 2016-06-26 Verified Purchase
Love these wheels, smooth slides I will be buying more 😎