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AKA has a new gear bag called the Mule to get all your equipment to the track or bash spot in one trip. Made from durable nylon mesh and reinforced with plastic, the Mule can make it a whole lot easier to get all that stuff of yours around, and to do it in style.

* Size– 31″ x 14.5″ x 11″
* Max loaded weight- 65 lbs
* Telescoping handle
* Oversize wheels w/ bearings
* 1 main & 8 auxiliary compartments

The part number is #98301, it has a street price of $140, and they are available right now. You can get more information at This Link over on the official AKA website.

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LRP AmericaBack in September LRP opened up a new facility in Southern California. Their long term distribution deal with Associated had ended so LRP America was formed. Here in America we are used to only seeing LRP electronic speed controllers, but they have a much more vast product line that includes cars, trucks and buggies. Now it sounds like us Yanks will be gaining access to a more LRP products. An excerpt from a recent LRP press release states, “Soon, a new range of products that were previously only available in Europe will now be ready and available in North America.”. The BigSquidRC staff can’t wait to see what LRP has in store for American hobbyists.

RC Driver MagazineThe crew over at RC Driver Magazine have announced a deal with TNG Distribution Services to place an additional 4,000 copies of their magazines in retailers like Kroeger, Safeway, Albertson’s, and Publix.

This deal will be in effect for the February, March and April issues of RC Driver, making it easier for you to get your hands on a copy while spreading the word on the rc hobby. We are all about seeing the hobby grow and hopefully this deal will help expose rc to people that were previously unaware of it.

AKA tiresRecently AKA named a new set of their tires Slingshot. For you bashers, you instantly remembered that name as the line of paddle tires from Pro-Line. AKA shot out a press release saying, “As it turns out, we are much better at designing tires than we are at checking to see if names are already in use within our industry. For this reason we have decided to change the name of our Slingshot tires to Typo. While you will see some tires on the shelves with the old name the new Typo branded tires will be hitting the shelves in late December and early January. We would like to thank Pro-Line for working with us on this mistake and for keeping our battles to the race track instead of the court room.”. It is good to see companies in our hobby working things out without involving the legal system.

AKA Evo Slingshot 1:10 Tires
You probably know AKA from their 8th scale tires but they are making a big push into the 1:10 scale class with their new Evolution series wheels and tires.

The big news is the use of an “L” shaped bead on their 10th scale Evo wheels. An “L” shaped bead is said to allow for a stronger bond and is commonly used on 8th scale wheels.

On the tire side of things, the new Slingshots feature a low tread pattern made just for high bite indoor tracks and comes with the “L” shaped 8th scale style bead.

Expect a release date of early November on these, with prices ranging from $7.50 for the weels to $28 for a pair of pre-mounts.

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AKA Handlebar STD Buggy Tires
The latest addition to AKA’s tires line-up is the Handlebar STD for 10th scale buggy. The new STD version of the Handlebar has taller treads to give more traction and longer tire life. They are available in three different compounds- Clay, Super Soft, and Soft compound. The new Handlbar STD’s are also available pre-mounted on either white or yellow HEXlite wheels with AKA red inserts, and are made right here in America. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.

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New Wider AKA SCT Tires
Short course trucks are still on fire and AKA has just introduced a revised line-up of tires for them. Taking several of their popular tread patterns they have made them wider, thus improving their grip. The tires that got the upgrade are the Handlebar 2, Cityblock 2, Enduro 2, and the Wishbone 2.

Some of the tires also got further upgrades. For instance, the Cityblock 2 had its tread opened up slightly to help it dig in deeper, the Wishbone 2 had its tread pattern condensed for more traction and longer wear, and the Handlebar got slightly taller pins. The new tires range in price from $26 to $39 for pre-mounts.

AKA didn’t forget about upgrading their inserts, they now have asymmetrical cores for more sidewall support. Both their new Red (#33017 soft) and Black (#33016 medium) have a price point of $18. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.

We reviewed the AKA Enduro SC’s a while back, Click Here to read the review.

AKA Pre-Mount Handlebar Impact
AKA has just announced several new sets of pre-mounted tires for 10th scale buggies. Now you can get Handlebar or Impact tires (in soft or super soft compounds) pre-mounted on either white or yellow wheels. AKA’s popular red closed cell inserts come standard and are known for their handling and longevity.

13110SRW 1:10 Buggy Handlebar LTD Rear (Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted White
13110SRY 1:10 Buggy Handlebar LTD Rear (Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted Yellow
13110VRW 1:10 Buggy Handlebar LTD Rear (S Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted White
13110VRY 1:10 Buggy Handlebar LTD Rear (S Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted Yellow
13107SRW 1:10 Buggy Impact Rear (Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted White
13107SRY 1:10 Buggy Impact Rear (Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted Yellow
13107VRW 1:10 Buggy Impact Rear (S Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted White
13107VRY 1:10 Buggy Impact Rear (S Soft) HEXLITE Wheel Pre-Mounted Yellow

Retail price is $28 per pair and you can get more information on the official AKA Website. Give THIS link a try for more AKA news right here on BigSquidRC.

AKA Medium Black Closed Cell Inserts for 8th scale and short course trucks
AKA has some new medium density closed cell inserts for 8th scale buggy and short course trucks. These new inserts are fluted on the inside making them a bit softer and allows air to escape more easily through vent holes in your rim. The part number is #34001MFG and they have a price of $19 for a set of four. Check out the AKA Website for more information on these and all their other products.

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AKA AKA Stadium Truck Closed Cell Red Tire Inserts
AKA changed the tire world when they first introduced their closed cell inserts for 8th scale tires several years ago. Now AKA is introducing closed cell inserts for 10th scale stadium trucks. These inserts will not only last much longer than traditional foam, but they can also make your truck handle better in corners and through the rough. Part number is #33015 and they have a price of $12 per pair. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.

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AKA Indoor Handlebar Tires
AKA has just announced their new Handlebar series of tires. With their low-profile tread and rounded edges, Handlebars should be the bomb at your local indoor clay track.

AKA is producing Handlebars for a wide variety of vehicles- 10th scale buggy, 8th scale, and for short course trucks. And talk about variety, some Handlebars are available pre-mounted, some just with inserts, and some just the tires w/o inserts. AKA is doing their best to accommodate your tire needs, whatever they might be.

To get more information on the Handlebars and all of AKA’s products hit up their Official Website. Hit THIS link to read our latest AKA SCT tire review.

THE AKA Enduro Short Course Tire Review

AKA Enduro SC Tire

AKA Enduro tires have gained quite a reputation for being one of the premier race tires money can buy. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AKA Enduro, specifically the short course truck version, to see how it stacks up in the bashing world. Do they last? Do they have incredible traction? Are they worth your cash? Read on…


If you plan on spending your winters indoor and off-road, AKA Racing has something new for you. They have just announced that many of their 1/8 Buggy, 1/10 SC, and 1/10 buggy tires will be available in their new Clay Compound designed for maximum traction on indoor clay tracks. Watch for these shipping after December 1st, 2012.

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Gil Losi Jr You might remember Gil Losi Jr from his days with Team Losi, but newer hobbyists probably know him from companies like AKA Products and Firelands Group (Helion, Anza, Radient). Gil is a legend in the rc industry and we were lucky enough to get an interview with him.

BigSquidRC: What trends do you see coming for the rc basher market?

Gil: I think there will be a bigger push for more value for the dollar. That is why we at Firelands and HobbyTown have been focused on creating a product and sales strategy to bring entry level products to market that have incredible value and service support.

BigSquidRC: Gil, you are a living legend in our hobby and an IFMAR world champion to boot. What changes would you like to see made to modern rc racing?

Gil: I would like to see fewer classes. There are so many classes now that it dilutes the value to both the industry and the winners of the important classes. It’s become too easy to win a National level race if you cherry pick the easy classes.

BigSquidRC: Of all the current big name factory racers, which one do you feel is the best ambassador for the hobby?

Gil: Michael Losi of course! (I may be a little biased).

BigSquidRC: Your thoughts on the scale realism trend in rc now days?

Gil: I am a big fan of scale looking cars. It has always been a big challenge to keep a class looking scale. We as racers always look to push rules as far as possible to improve performance. If there are not strong rules in place before the pros get involved scale classes tend to be short lived. We have seen how popular scale classes can be (1/10 2wd buggies of the early 80′s, Touring cars of the 2000′s and now Crawling and Short Course). Hopefully we will be smarter in the future and write stronger rules to keep the scale look when classes are young.

BigSquidRC: Has Traxxas grown too big for their britches and forgotten their core enthusiasts?

Gil: Traxxas did a good job changing the industry. I for one was very slow to react to the RTR world they created. Only time will tell where the Basher enthusiast will find their next thrills.

BigSquidRC: What would it take to get you back to designing and producing complete high-end rc race cars?

Gil: I’m not sure right now. It is an interesting challenge to learn the general enthusiast market. My current hope is to build our current Firelands brands into industry leaders. Once we have accomplished that maybe there will be time to work on something racing again.

BigSquidRC: The Anza RC hop-up parts were awesome but we haven’t seen anything new from them in a while. Has the Anza line worked out as expect and are there more goodies on the way?

Gil: We are proud of the success we had with the Anza line so far. We almost put a Anza outfitted Traxxas Slash on the podium (4th place) at the Roar Nats last year. I think it’s been a while since a Traxxas car was that competitive at a major race!

BigSquidRC: Helion has a short course truck and a truggy version in both 1/18th and 1/10th scale. Is there a plan to jump to another scale, or will we see a new vehicle on one of those two scales?

Gil: All the above! We have more ideas than time to build them.

BigSquidRC: It seems that the HobbyTown exclusive deal has worked pretty well for the Helion RC line. I know all of our local HT’s move a good amount of product. Will the Helion RC line always be exclusive to HobbyTown USA’s?

Gil: We have enjoyed a great relationship with HT thus far. We are able to work together to provide value product with good parts and customer support that customers have been very happy with.

BigSquidRC: We are all going outside to do some bashing and we know you want to come after your incredible display of bashing skills at our demo at the HobbyTown convention over the summer. What vehicle do you bring (You can only take 1) and why?

Gil: I would take the Dominus TR Brushless. Where else can you find that much fun for less than $260?

THE AKA Moto 8th Scale Buggy Tire Review

AKA Moto Tires 8th Scale Buggy

Since their introduction AKA has made a big splash in the rc racing scene. Thankfully they have just released a new tire with us bashers in mind, their new Moto tires for 8th scale buggy. The Moto’s have large, widely spaced lugs that look much like a dirt bike tire, which in theory should be perfect for driving on loose surfaces and on gnarly terrain. Are the new AKA Moto tires worth a try? Read on…