The new Evader EXB from Duratrax is a entry-level 1/10th scale 2wd electric buggy. It is made from the new MagnaFlex plastics that are super flexible and strong which is what the newbie types as well as bashers need! A lot of the parts also come with the Duratrax Stree-Tech 1 year guarantee! Trust me.. I love that plan! If you are new to RC, and are interested in the buggies, you probably want to check one of these out! The full press release is in the NEW Product Forum.
I am Josh, and will be writing “mini-reviews” of new or interesting products and news in the crawling area of RC. Compared to many that have been involved in this hobby for many years, I am a relative noob. I have been really only involved at a hobbyist level for a little over a year, but I have really taken an effort to get to know many facets of the hobby.
I started about a year ago with my purchase of a CEN Matrix RTR buggy after reading Brian’s review on this site. That was the purchase that got me rolling. Since that day, I have been hooked. That buggy has been torn apart, modified, rebuilt, motor swapped, and reworked at least twice in this first year. Next up was a Duratrax Warhead Evo. This was also a Big Squid influenced purchase. I also obtained a CEN Magnum 1/10th scale stadium truck, and most recently I have been building a Mini-Chaos 1/16th scale buggy. That little thing is gonna fly. It is almost nothing like it was when it came out of the box.
This nitro obsession was slowed down a bit by the Chicago cold, so I needed a way to keep myself occupied. This is when I ran across crawling. In December I purchased the very popular Axial Scorpion. This truck gave me plenty to tinker with. Since its purchase I have pretty much replaced all components except the axle housings with various upgrades from many different vendors. This ever changing project is the basis for my mini-reviews. As I purchase new products, install them, and test them, I will be reviewing them and letting all of you know which products are working well, and which are not. So far I have found a lot of good products and vendors out there. Hopefully you will find some good information in these mini-reviews.
We get emails and forum suggestions of products that we should check out or review, and I thought I would take a moment and let you know the some of the stuff we have in the works.
First up, we have started to mess with the new Duratrax RT-X 27! Fastest monster on the block? Can’t wait to find out! Out of the box impressions are good. I like the new chassis design, and those rims rock! We will be putting this truck to the test in the very near future!
Does size matter? Yes.. yes it does! I have seen a few 5B’s in action, but never got behind the wheel of one. This thing is intimidating! It’s big, heavy, and awesome! The box took up the whole office, so I stepped outside to take the next shot. Snow! I haven’t put any fuel in it yet, but I am really looking forward to this test! Might not be able to wait for the winter thaw, will try and hit the indoor track soon, run over a few tiny 1/8th scales! LOL. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to winterize it and hit the snow drifts? Does HPI Racing make a snow plow for this thing?
We have heard nothing but good things about the HPI Racing Wheely King! It sounds like a fun little basher, and that’s what we do! Sounds like a must have! Will also be looking into doing a crawler conversion! Wheely’s usually = good reviews! Bring on the fun!
Also, a few things you have already been reading about, the Team Novak brushless GOAT system that I put in my crawler. This system is awesome! I’m pretty new to the crawling sport, but having just won an event with it last week, I have to say this system rocks! Look for the review coming soon!
Wow, there is a lot of stuff in the works! Have any questions you want us to look into on any of these products while we are testing, drop us an email, or post it up in the forum.
File this under the ‘better late then never’ category, Duratrax now has a hop-up suspension conversion kit for the 1/18th scale Vendetta. I’m a big fan of the Durratrax Vendetta, and an even bigger fan of the Vendetta ST. (Check our reviews) I’m glad to see them supporting the vehicles. I can only hope they keep it up. The new kit makes the suspension more adjustable and durable. (Good for us rc bashers!) NEW Product Forum for the full parts list.
Duratrax has announced the new Piranha 2000mAh 8.4v NiMH Packs. They are a 7 cell setup that comes in stick or hump configurations. Long run times, with a lot of voltage is a good thing! Power = Speed!
We just got a press release from Duratrax that talks about their new 1/8th scale racing truck called the Duratrax RT-X 27. This is the only picture I have, nothing with the lid off yet. It’s hard to tell if it’s based on anything like the Warhead or the Raze. From the sounds of the press release, it sounds totally new! It will come with a 4.4cc G27CS SuperTigre engine and a Kwik-Pit Super Start. Can’t wait to check it out. Hit the NEW Product Forum for the full press release.
You know you want it! The review of the new Duratrax Evader EXT is now up for your reading pleasure! Head over to the Reviews section and check it out! I won’t spoil it here for you.
Last night I had the Duratrax Evader EXT out for some testing at the local track. I have been banging on it for a little while, and wanted to try it in all conditions. After putting on a new set of tires that could get good traction on the clay at the track, I have to say the Evader did really well. It was good in the air, and took a serious beating. It’s not the fastest car in the world, but as a ‘starter’ car, I think it’s just fine. Look for a review coming very soon! For more info, check out the official site of
Today I got my hands on the new Duratrax Evader EXT! As always with Duratrax, the paint job is awesome! Every vehicle they do has an awesome look. Giving the whole vehicle a few twists and turns, it feels like this ride is going to be able to take a real beating! It comes with the spectacular Stress-Tech Guarantee, and I can’t wait to put it to the test! I just about have the Raze ST back together, and will probably be hitting the track with both vehicles this weekend! Look for a update and reviews shortly!
Here are a few pictures to keep ya busy till then.
Well, it looks like I got my Duratrax
Raze ST just in time! Big Squid RC along with Hobby Town USA of Orland Park IL will be doing a 20 minute show just before the big Route 66 Monster Truck event THIS Saturday!!! It was a little short notice, but I think we will be able to pull off a decent show for the fans as well as help spread the word about the hobby! What better place to show off little monster trucks you can drive yourself!
Myself, Pro-Driver Tim Mohr, Bill (firesprink281), Chris (thenewguy821) will be out there doing are best to go big or go home! This is one of those events where, you don’t want to break anything on the first jump.. because you need to be out there for 20 min! But you want to wow the 10,000+ crowd who is about to watch real monster truck action. Hopefully everything goes well and we don’t break till the last second! (Which I hope will be spectacular) I’ll have the new Duratrax Raze ST there, I hope I can get it broke in and ready to go in time! If you are in the area, you should stop out and say hi! Also check out all the action!
Speaking of monster trucks, I have been informed that Hobby Town USA in Orland will have the new 1/18th scale Losi Raminator Monster Truck as well as the FULL SIZE monster truck at their shop this Friday from like 2pm to 7pm. (Call for exact hours.. I may be wrong a little). How cool is that? I’m going to try and stop out there, get a few pictures.. maybe drive the real truck around a little.
Again, if you are in the area, stop out there! Say Hi! Tell them BigSquidRC sent ya!