Pit Bull Tires are perhaps best known for their 1:1 and Atv/Utv tires, but they have also made quite an impact in the scale crawling scene. Their latest tire, the Rock Beast II is now shipping and ready for your driving enjoyment. Some of its key features include-
* Komp Kompound™ for outstanding grip
* For use on 2.2″ rims
* Stepped Lugs aid in lateral traction
* Multi-Varied Tread Blocks for maximum traction, especially off-camber
* Inside Ribbing
* Integrated Sidewall Protectors
* Over-The-Shoulder Lugs
* 5.75 inch Mounted Diameter
* No Foams included to save you money
* (2) Two Tires per package & (1) Decal sheet
* Weight – approximately 5.2 ounces per tire (w/o foam)
* Part #PB9002NK
Street price on these bad boys is $30 per pair and they are available right now. Hit up the official Pit Bull Website for more information.
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The crew over at Axial has just announced their new affiliation with the Ultra 4/King of the Hammers 2013 event. The King of the Hammers event sounds like one of the toughest races on Earth, which should make for a good fit for Axial. Check out below for part of the official press release-
“Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of Ultra4 / King of the Hammers for 2013.
Ultra4 Racing is the latest and greatest off road motorsport event on earth. This style of racing challenges man to a duel with the elements. Unlike standard off road racing in a stadium or in the wide open desert, Ultra4 vehicles face challenges that no other motorsport demands. Competitors are not only made to cross vast areas of open desert, they also travel up boulder strewn canyons and negotiate terrain that appears impassable. To compete in such a demanding environment, competitors build custom four wheel drive vehicles that are made to crawl over the harshest terrain, then conquer the wide open desert at exhilarating triple digit speeds. This element of automotive enthusiasm is precisely what Axial R/C has set out to deliver in 1:10 scale, so the relationship between Axial R/C and Ultra4 is a very natural fit.”
For more information on Axial and all their fine products hit up their Official Website. And for more Axial news right here on BigSquidRC check out THIS link.
Sometimes all you need is a good HUB! Well that’s what I think the peeps over at GMADE where thinking when they designed these scale 1.9 Wheel Hubs. These little aluminum beauties come in 5 different styles and in your choice of Black, Red or Silver. They have a nice M4 nylon lock nut that is bound to fit tons of vehicles as well as including all the necessary hardware to get you mounted up and rolling in no time. Retail should be under 15 bucks and it should add that extra bit of scale detail to finish off your rig.
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April 2012 marks the five year anniversary of the Axial AX10™ and the peeps from Axial felt that it was time for the product that launched them into the crawling segment to undergo some evolution and receive some trickle-down technological advancements of its own! They have not changed the original scope of the vehicle; the AX10™ Ridgecrest™ is still the “Leatherman” of the Axial product line and it’s where backyard crawling begins.
The AX10™ Ridgecrest™ is a highly capable, affordable starting point for anyone looking to get into the RC crawling game. If you are not sure what you want to do and how you want to do it within the various segments of crawling, the AX10™ Ridgecrest™ is the most versatile truck with scale looks, performance driven components and the right amount of speed mixed with technical crawling prowess – all in one rig.
Here are the specs (AX90019):
• All-new tube style chassis design.
• AR60 OCP-Axles™.
• 87/20 gearing (87T spur gear, 20T pinion gear).
• Competition legal 12″ wheelbase.
• Adjustable tray that accepts standard stick packs or lipo batteries.
• Adjustable suspension and shock mounting positions.
• WB8 Wild Boar™ splined driveshafts.
• Ripsaw™ tires mounted on Raceline Renegade wheels.
• 4-link suspension.
• Double shear link mounts.
MSRP is $575.00, street price should be a bit lower.
Head over to the Axial website for more information
Axial AX10 Ridgecrest 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD RTR hitting the shelves in April! gallery
As some of you may know I love rc rock crawling and scale crawlers, a few weeks ago I got a chance to go for a ride in a real crawler with one of my friends Eric. I went out to The Cliffs Extreme Off Road Park. We did some very serious 4 wheeling. I had a blast! Eric’s truck goes anywhere. It was completely unstoppable, we went up close to vertical hills, over rocks, and through water. His crawler is and old Toyota 4 runner that he chopped up and built a tube chassis for and turned into an all around go anywhere machine! While we were there I noticed something surprising, the cliffs actually has an rc rock course and an rc track. The rock course was awesome and the track was really good quality (well kept with no weeds). It’d be cool to have a crawl/bash event there.
Looking to take your Axial Wraith to a new level scale-wise? Add a winch! But, where to put it? Rogue Element has you covered with their new winch mount for the Axial Wraith. The mount sits right behind the front bumper to give you both function and an awesome scale appearance.
These are a totally custom part that you’ll need to contact Rogue about so make sure you hit up their website if you’re interested. It looks like the mount will be around $30 bucks and of course, the winch is not included.
If you’re looking to add some more performance and maybe some lipos to your crawler or rock racer, Axial has you covered with their new AE-2 Forward/Reverse ESC with Drag Brake. This ESC was developed in partnership with Castle Creations, and is completely programmable with CastleLink. It also features a lipo cutoff set on from the factory, bullet connectors for easy installation, and instant foward/reverse and drag brake, making it perfect for your crawler. If you saw my post about the Axial Wraith earlier this week, you’ll notice it ships with this very ESC!
Check out Axial for more information!
It looks like Axial Racing has finally got their website updated with some real information, pictures, and even a video of their until now secret Axial Wraith. No lie, watching the video gave me chills! I’m not sure what it is that has me so pumped up about this truck. Maybe the fact that it looks freakin’ awesome! From the specs here, it looks like it will feature fully locked diffs, a lipo and CastleLink capable Axial AE-2 ESC, 20T brushed motor, a 2.4 GHz radio, and a waterproof receiver box (whoo hoo!). 6 LEDs are included on the truck, 2.2 Ripsaw tires, and it even comes with a dig-capable transmission!
Axial Wraith Gallery
Click the MORE to see the video after the break.
Looking to add some strength, bling, and better heat transfer to your XR10 Crawler? Axial Racing’s new heavy duty gear plate has your covered. Precision machined from billet aluminum, the plate is 4mm thick at the motor mount, and designed to dissipate heat quickly and efficiently for better perfomance and all-day crawling. It even comes with three 5x9x3 flanged rubber sealed bearings for increased strength and durability.
Head on over to Axial to pick one of these up for your bad rad crawler!
So another one of my christmas gifts was a Gmade R1 Rock Buggy chassis. It came all the way from South Korea and took about 25 days to get here! The chassis kit included a ton of extra nuts and bolts that were perfect if you were going to use it to build a custom truck. I went ahead and took out some HPI Wheely King axles, an Axial SCX10 trans, and some Traxxas electronics and built myself a rock racer. The chassis looks really tuff and can really take a hit, I’ve been beating on the truck for a couple of weeks and there aren’t any signs of cracks or any possible breaking points. I really think that I’m going to have a very hard time killing this truck.
If your interested in getting a chassis like this one it’s available at: HERE or at the Gmade website. And I’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything breaks on the chassis.
Looks like Futaba is got some cause to celebrate. Austin “Gatekeeper” Dunn won the overall points when all 3 classes were combined to choose a winner. Austin won the 2.2 class, and was the only person to finish both courses and several bonus gates after that! He was running his new Gatekeeper M.O.A. prototype with Futaba BLS152 servos and a Futaba 4PK radio.
Those lovely gents at Pro-Line have some more paraphernalia for you Jeep addicts. The Jeep Comanche light truck is finally getting it’s just deserts and has been faithfully reproduced in crystal clear polycarbonate. Two versions are available, one specifically for the Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho and one for every other 12.3″ wheelbase rock crawler. Both versions of the body are two-piece setups. The Trail Honcho version comes with a bed that has been designed around the Trail Honcho’s cage system, and the other version has a regular bed. Both versions include all the decals you’ll need to decorate them, plus the usual window masks, overspray film, and necessary hardware. They are also compatible with Pro-Line’s 12.3″ PL-C Floor Plan and PL-C Interior.
You can expect to pay around $45 for a Comanche body and they should be hitting hobby shop shelves very soon. Check out the Pro-Line web site for more info about these bodies.
Now Pro-Line just needs an official J10 body and I’ll be a happy person.
Pro-Line Jeep Comanche body gallery
The Losi Micro Crawler is apparently popular enough to attract the attention of one of the bigger players in the rock crawling sector. RC4WD has made some of their popular tires and wheels fit the Micro Crawler. So now all you Micro Crawler owners can find a tire for every condition you may run into. Some of the treads that are available are the Rock Crusher and Rok Lox.
Check out the RC4WD web site for more info, prices, and ship dates.