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Here’s something that’s a bit overdue.  The Trencher tread is now available for the Stampede, Stampede 4×4, and other 2.8″ wheeled trucks from Pro-Line.  This is a basher friendly, very aggressive tread that should provide you with plenty of hook-up in all kinds of conditions, from hard dirt and pavement to tall grass and deep mud.  All of which together are the basher’s favorite surface, right?  Amirite?  Hello?  There’s no mention of what compound it is, but various marketing keywords suggest it’s probably Pro-Line’s long-life M2 compound.

Anywho, these monsters are available now at a list price of $21.95, check out the Pro-Line website for all the infos.  For a taste of how these might perform on your truck, check out our review of the short course version of these tires.

Pro-Line has a new adjustable battery strap for the Slash and Slash 4×4, let me tell you about it.  Well first of all, it’s a battery strap, it’s also adjustable, and it’s made for both the Slash and Slash 4×4.  Also, it’s blackish in color and … did I mention adjustable?  I guess the main point of this whole deal is that it’s not the stock battery strap and it is adjustable for use with larger batteries.  So if you have issues with your current battery strap and it’s non-adjustability, this may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

The strap is available now for $29.95, check out the Pro-Line web site for more info.

If there’s one thing in this world that says romance, it’s tires.  And if there’s one company that knows tires, it’s Pro-Line.  Pro-Line is keenly aware of the romantic implications of a gift of tires so they are offering you a chance to get the love of your life the tires that she desires with a special deal going from now until February 15th.  Anything you order direct from Pro-Line’s web site will be 15% cheaper when you use the code LOVE15 at checkout.

Hurry on over to the Pro-Line website to ensure a successful Valentine’s night.

Pro-Line had gone digging through their archives looking for inspiration for their next short course tire.  The Gladiator had been a popular style for quite a long time, with it’s super aggressive square knob pattern, it has been tearing up lawns and tracks all over.  Soon the Gladiator will be doing it all over again on short course trucks.  We don’t have any other info at this time, but when the official announcement comes we’ll be sure to bring it to you.

Check out Pro-Line’s web site just for fun.

Pro-Line, not content with having a BullDog body for nearly every platform, has decided to keep expanding the line.  The next truck  in line to receive the cab forward design is the RC10T4.1.  Like every other Pro-Line body, this one will come with all the requisite decals, masks, and overspray film.

The BullDog for the T4.1 will start shipping on January 21st with a list price of $28.95.  Check out the Pro-Line web site for more info.

I know we’re all thinking it, but I’m just going to come out and say it.  Premounted tires take all the fun out of the hobby.  I remember as a youngster spending much of my free time with a big bottle of glue and a stack of tires and wheels, putting them all together.  Actually, most of my memories of that time are hazy at best… though  I do remember the smell of the glue quite well.

[Disclaimer: Big Squid RC management does not condone sniffing glue.]

What was I writing about?  Oh yeah, Pro-Line has some new premounts for the short course crowd.  Their road friendly Street Fighter SC will be mounted on the standard black Renegade wheel which is compatible with the Blitz (f/r), Slash (rear), or Slash 4×4 (f/r) and also the ProTrac Renegade which is compatible with a ProTrac suspension equipped Slash or the SC10 with Pro-Line’s front inboard hub adapters.  The track friendly Caliber SC will be mounted on the ProTrac Renegade wheel.

Pro-Line isn’t giving an exact release time or price range for these sets, but they should be available “soon” and somewhere just north of $30, as with their other premounts.  Keep an eye on the Pro-Line web site for more info.

We don’t follow racing news much around here (well, except Cubby, he’s obsessed with all that rigmarole), but we think it’s important to look at what moves are being made on the racing scene every so often.  If you are one that follows racing, you probably know that Ty Tessman and Pro-Line are like PB&J, they’ve had a successful relationship together and have provided millions of children with quick, easily made, and delicious lunches in times when mom was too busy to cook a full meal.  Wait… maybe not that second part, but the part about the successful relationship is true.  So it’s not too much of a surprise that Ty Tessman and Pro-Line are going to continue with their sponsorship arrangment through 2011.  As you would expect, both sides are excited by this news with Ty saying I look forward to working with Pro-Line again for 2011, and am very excited about what the new season has in store and Pro-Line guy Tim Clark continued with we are excited that our alliance with Ty will remain unchanged for the 2011 race season.

For more info check out Pro-Line’s web site and Ty Tessman’s site.

Can you believe there are only two weeks left in 2010? Geez does time fly. Next week I’ll be doing my annual “best and worst of” column, it should yield some juicy reading for you guys. But first I have to bust out this weeks Cub Report…

It’s pretty rare when something really-way-extra-super-dope gets released but last week Pro-Line delivered the goods. No, it wasn’t tires, or rims, or even a body, it was something different, something really cool on a couple different levels. So just what the hell was it? It’s quite obvious the current trend in rc is towards scale realism, a trend that not only gives us old hardcore guys a reason to smile again, but realism is exactly what our hobby needs to bust into the mainstream. On that note, last week Proline showed their uber new short course truck interior, complete with driver. Now, the holier than thou “race” crowd will laugh and say that a truck interior is just a freak’n joke (and a waste of space…. and worthless added weight), but those are the guys who are experts at running people off from our fun loving hobby, not at bringing them in. The new Pro-Line short course interior is a great step in the right direction, towards greater scale realism. The new Pro-Line unit helps bring your 10th scale truck one step closer to looking like a full scale rig. Major props to Pro-Line on that one, I hope they sell a (few) million of’em.

One step forward, two steps back.

Because of it’s scale realism, short course is currently our hobby’s best shot at breaking through to the mainstream. The Pro-Line interior is a real step forward, but the class has slowly, but surely, been losing it’s scale authenticity since day one. Remember when the first Traxxas Slash hit your area? Remember its scale looking tires? Remember how it leaned and slid around in the corners, just like the real thing? Have you looked at the tires being run on short course trucks lately? If you haven’t seen them, they look nothing like those on a Slash, nor like any tire you’ll ever find on a full scale rig. Tracks and sanctioning bodies that allowed “non-scale” looking tires was the first shot towards the death of short course, then last week Pro-Line and JConcepts introduced ribbed front tires for use on short course trucks. For years ribbed front tires have given optimal steering to “stadium rc trucks”, but I dare you to hit a TORC race and find a full scale rig using them. At some point someone has to put their foot down. At some point someone has to grow some balls and make a stern decision to not allow non-scale rims, tires and bodies in the short course class. If this isn’t done the short course class WILL slowly transform right back into the old stadium truck class. Someone in this industry needs to make some “non-popular with the race crowds” decisions. The hardcore racing crowd wants to go faster regardless of how screwed up the cars/trucks end up looking. Who’s gonna step up and do what’s right to keep the short course class true to scale? Thus far, nobody. To be blunt, it’s bad for our hobby to kill off short course, but it appears the writing is already on the wall. What a shame…

That’s it for this week, my sincere thanks go out to all of you for taking the time out of your day to read The Cub Report. Till next week, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Pro-Line, always at the forefront of forming polycarbonate, has a new way for you to add some awesome detail to your short course truck.  Their new Pro-Driver SC Interior adds a good looking cockpit and driver to most any short course truck on the market, you might need to trim a little here and there to get a good fit for your particular truck.  The Pro-Driver SC is formed out of clear polycarbonate and comes with a decal sheet and overspray film.  Just spray some paint on it, trim it to fit, then put it in your truck for a quick and easy shot of detail.

It’ll be hitting later this month.  Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.

Pro-Line has added a couple new tires to their vast collection.  The Slicer SC reaches back to those heady days of stadium trucks and their ribbed front tires.  Featuring six ribs across the width of the tire, Pro-Line claims that the Slicer SC offers the best steering performance on all types of track conditions.  Each pack comes with reusable, closed-cell foam inserts and fits all 2.2″/3.0″ short course style wheels, including Pro-Line’s own Bead-Loc wheel.  They will be available in the soft and sticky M3 compound or the longer lasting M2 compound and they should start shipping later this month.

1/8 scale buggy drivers shouldn’t feel left out, the new Revolver 2.0 is made just for you.  They’re based on the old, world championship winning Revolver with some changes to the tread pattern that are said to increase traction on a variety of surfaces.  You can also expect to find a pair of closed-cell foam inserts included.  These will also be available in both M2 and M3 compounds and be hitting the market later this month for prices just north of $20 per pair.

Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.

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So last night while watching Mythbusters, we had another RC ON TV sighting! They were trying to cause a truck to flip similar to a scene in the Hellboy movie where something smashes the front end of a truck, and the vehicle flips end over end. Mythbusters does a lot of RC, but usually it’s some home made contraption, or a on-road vehicle. This time it looked a lot like a Axial SCX10 Honcho! Sorry for the blurry shots, but it was cool to see! Hopefully Axial sell’s a few hundred SCX10′s this weekend!

Update: Someone else sent in pics, and pointed out that the tires were Pro-Line Flat Irons. Good eye!
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Have you ever wanted to be a beta tester?  It’s not as fun as you may think, trust me, I know.  But here’s an opportunity from Pro-Line with their new Pro-Core tire tech.  According to Pro-Line this technology is so new that it is still under development by our R&D department. They are releasing a new version of their recently released Street Fighter SC tire with the Pro-Core tech integrated into it.  Pro-Core is a new type of internal support integrated directly into the tire, eliminating the need for foam inserts.  It is said to increase durability and cornering speeds.

The Street Fighter SC Pro-Core tires will only be available for a limited time directly from Pro-Line.  Check out the Pro-Line web site for more info and ordering.  Click through the read more link for a video of these tires in action.

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We had our first look at iHobby of the new Pro-Line Ford Raptor body, but now the official pics and specs are out. It comes with the bolt on number and side dam plates.

They have a version that fits the Slash, SC10, Ultima SC, and Blitz, then another version for the SCRT10 and Hyper 10SC. Make sure your ordering the correct one. I personally really dig bolt on accessories and hope Pro-Line continues to keep doing stuff like this.

Check out the Pro-Line web page for details.

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