Radio Raceline Frames

Radio Raceline Frames

Selecting your next race frame can a be a daunting task. With so many options we outline the best Radio Frames that match any budget. Between the Helium, Quartz, or Solar, you're bound to find your dream ride with this buyer's guide.

Selecting your next race frame can quickly become a daunting task. With so many great options on the market, it can be hard to tell which model fulfills your specific needs. As racers, we always default to the best, but sometimes budgets don't always allow for this. 

We recently received a large shipment of Radio frames into the shop. We think now would be a great time to lay out the various frame offerings and highlight which frame is best for you. 

In this article, we'll be looking at the following frames:

- Radio Helium

- Radio Quartz

- Radio Solar

Before we start, understand that all three are fantastic after-market race frames that provide reliable racing performance within each tier. Most of the differences that we'll discuss are minor and additional features that may urge someone to spend a bit more. 

With all of that out of the way, let's start with the Helium

Radio Helium 

The Helium is the most colorful and budget-friendly of the three. But don't let its modest price tag fool you into thinking it lacks performance. On the contrary, the Helium is on pace with most of its competitors packing features you would expect from top-tier race frames. 

For $645, you receive:

  • cold forged dropouts with integrated chain tensioning
  • Tapered head tube on all pro-sized models
  • Threaded BB interface
  • All wrapped in dependable 6061 aluminum

The Helium presents the most options when compared to the Quartz & Solar. It's also the only option for junior and expert-sized riders. Even still, the Helium packs a punch and delivers everything you could ask for in a quality race frame.

Radio Quartz

The Quartz is the sporty big brother to the Helium. In terms of geometry, the Quartz & Helium are identical across Pro Size models. This makes the quartz an easy upgrade for any previous Helium owner. 

The Quartz features the same 6061 material, only now its hydroformed into what Radio calls "Paradigm" tubing.

Paradigm tubing allows Radio to produce a lighter frame with increased rigidity and durability. Thanks to hydroforming technology, each tube features various tapers and changes in thickness. In addition, the unique shaping process allows Radio to reinforce high-stress areas with more material increasing rigidity and reducing material in low-stress regions saving weight.

For $688, you receive:

  • cold forged dropouts with integrated chain tensioning
  • Tapered head tube on all pro-sized models
  • Threaded BB interface
  • Hydroformed 6061 aluminum tubing

What you get is a marginally lighter and stiffer frame, thanks to a superior means of construction. However, the quartz limits you in terms of colors, with it only being offered in Matte Black & Copper Metallic. Compared to the Helium, the Quartz is a more serious race frame that’s hyper-focused on performance instead of looks.

Radio Solar

At the top of the line up, we have the Solar, the only carbon fiber offering from Radio. Some racers may prefer the sharp and responsive nature of carbon fiber frames, hence the introduction of the Solar.

Its materials and construction set the Solar apart from other carbon frames. Produced from TORAYCA carbon fiber, the Solar is constructed as a monocoque or one-piece design. As a result, the frame is produced as a singular carbon fiber piece with no weak points or bonding areas. Over the years, this has proven to be the most effective means of carbon fiber construction, allowing the production of lightweight components with strong structural integrity. 

For $1,150, you receive:

  • One-piece carbon construction 
  • Tapered headtube
  • Threaded BB
  • Maximum rigidity and weight savings

Thanks to its high-quality materials and premium construction, the Solar is the lightest and stiffest of the three frames we discuss today.

Our Recommendations

Now you're left with three fantastic options for your next race frame. Realistically, you can't go wrong with either choice, as they all perform outstandingly well in a race setting. But now we'll leave you with some recommendations to help make your decision a little easier. 

Go With the Helium

If you or your rider isn't ready for a Pro-sized frame, then your sole option is the Helium. It's the only frame of the three offered in multiple non-pro sizes. 

With the Helium, you get 95% of what the other frames offer with the added bonus of more color options. You’ll also save a few bucks, which could be used towards purchasing better components to pair with your new frame. The Helium misses out on a few bells and whistles that the other frames offer, but it still provides you with everything needed to win races while looking sharp. 

We recommend the Helium to those who:

  • Aren't big enough for a Pro size frame
  • Looking to stay within a specific budget
  • Seeking unique colors and styling 

Go With the Quartz

For good reasons, the Quartz is possibly the most popular of the three frames. With the Quartz, you get the best bang for your buck. By spending a few extra dollars and upgrading to the Quartz, you get a lighter/stiffer platform with minimalistic styling.

The Quartz is sleek, practical, and hyper-focused on performance, thanks to its superior tubing. If you aren't quite ready to go with carbon fiber, but want the best Radio offers, then the Quartz is the way to go!

We recommend the Quartz to those who:

  • Seek affordable performance 
  • Prefer specs over styling
  • Wanting the lightest/fastest alloy frame 

Go With the Solar

The Solar is for those seeking the performance traits of carbon fiber with a budget to match. Of course, it’s the most expensive offering, but the features and performance back up the price. 

The Solar gives you everything you could need from a race frame and will last you for multiple seasons to come. 

We recommend the Solar to those who:

  • Aren't constrained to a budget
  • Seeking the performance Carbon Fiber offers
  • Advanced level riders looking for a marginal gain over the competition

    The Wrap Up

    All three offerings are fantastic frames capable of winning any race. It comes down to which frame fulfills your needs. When making a large purchase, it's important to consider your current and future needs. This ensures you pick a frame that will grow with your riding. 

    Each frame you see today is available on our website, which displays live inventory, meaning we only display what we carry. Fast shipping rates accompany every order. In addition, we have team members waiting by phone five days a week. Click here to view our preferred methods of contact. 

    Thank you for taking the time to read this buyer's guide, and we hope you gained better insight into which Radio frame is right for you.