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AKA Enduro 3 TiresAKA has announced that they have updated two of their short course truck tires to make them faster than ever. The new Enduro 3 keeps its long wearing tread pattern but now comes on the AKA Typo tire carcass, while the Cityblock 3 features a more open tread design for better performance on loose surfaces. Both are available pre-mounted and in a wide variety of rubber compounds. Pricing ranges from $26 to $39 and you can get more details by simply hitting up This Link over on AKA’s website.

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AKA Cinch sacks
The crew over at AKA have announced some new accessories to help make your rc life easier. First up are Cinch Sacks. Made from nylon and featuring a handy draw string, the cinch sacks should help keep your dirty rc car from making a mess in your full size rig during transport. These come in two sizes, large which is made to store short course trucks and truggies, and medium which is perfect for 1/10 buggies. Large has a part number of #98304 and a street price of $11, while the medium has a part number of #98303 and a price of $10.

Also new from AKA is their racer backpack. Show your support for the hobby while having the space for a laptop and 8th scale buggy inside. These have a part number of #98302 and a street price of $99.

To get more information on the backpack and cinch sacks simply hit up This Link to head over to the official AKA website.

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AKA Double Play Nut DriverWe are all about saving space and having the right tool for the job. Enter from stage left, the new AKA Double Play Nut Driver. The Double Play has a machined aluminum handle to shave weight, while it saves space by putting both a 5.5 & 7mm socket into one wrench. A hard anodized finished gives it a cool factory look and it has a street price of $29. If you want to get one on order, it has a part number of #44004 and they are expected to start shipping in about 2 weeks. For even more details hit up This Link over on the official AKA website.

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cubbyHey, first things first, don’t forget that this weekend is our huge, way-over-the-top, 10 Year Anniversary Bash & Party. We’ll be going big, crashing hard, eat’n cake, and giving away some way super dope gear. Like what? Like a brand new nobody-can-buy-yet Axial Yeti XL and a top of the line Futaba 4PX. All you have to do to win is be there and participate, so grab your gear and head to Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois for a time you will never forget. HERE is the link with all the details.

Also of note here at BSRC, we’ve finally finished up our Pro-Line PRO-MT monster truck review. The PRO-MT review goes up on Tuesday and hopefully later in the week we’ll have our high-zoot Axial Yeti XL video done as well.

And don’t forget, if you work or own a hobby shop and want to receive the next issue of Big Squid RC Monthly, simply send us an email at the contact us link above. Remember it’s free to both you and your customers and will only be available at hobby shops!

On a different note…

The last tone for the IFMAR 8th scale worlds may have sounded, but the race is still making news. Last week AKA put out a press release letting the world know that they had fired/axed/dismissed their driver Martin Bayer for running Pro-Line tires during the final main. If I owned a tire company and one of my hired hands used another product, heck yes, I would have fired them on the spot, but I would never have done it in a public way. Sure, THE Cub Report is all about talk’n smack and stirring the pot, but a tire company is there to sell tires. Going “public” with a driver dismissal can look bad for a company and can make signing drivers in the future more difficult. I mean, what driver wants to be fired then publicly humiliated? None, that’s who.

To compound the mess, Bayer decided to put out his own response to the AKA PR. Those wacky factory drivers sure are fast, but they aren’t internet savvy. If he was, he would have realized that nobody ever “wins” an internet fight and that part of getting free tires is running them, no matter what.

But… heck no, it wasn’t over there, AKA had to issue a response to Bayer’s reply. Seriously? Ok, I would normally be the first to argue that any publicity is good publicity, but in this case it makes AKA look petty and revengeful (two things nobody wants from a tire company). All consumers want from a tire company is kick ass tires, not a bunch of drama. If AKA (or any other tire company) has hopes to knock Pro-Line off the top of the tire hill, they better get their act together, and that right soon.

Ok, it’s short and sweet this week folks, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can, and see you this Sunday at Leisure Hours.

YOUR Cub Reporter

AKA Nut Driver
To make your life of wrenching a little easier, the crew over at AKA are teasing a nifty 2-n-1 Nut Driver. It fits the common 7 and 5.5mm nuts you are always wrenching on and was designed to save some space in your tool box. Hit up This Link to check out AKA’s official website.

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AKA Roadblock SC Tire Review
When AKA announced their new do-it-all Roadblock SC tires, we just had to try a set. We rarely bash on just one surface so we were very interested to see if the Roadblocks would work all the surfaces we like to bash on. With a fresh set of Roadblocks mounted up we grabbed two of our favorite short course vehicles and headed out for some testing.

Our first stop was a hard-packed rc track. On the highly prepped track surface the Roadblocks provided excellent traction, nearly on par with some of the more popular race tires at that particular track. Forward bite was very good and side bite was decent without causing traction rolling.

Before we left the track we did some driving in its parking lot. The Roadblocks provided excellent traction on pavement. Both forward and side bite were very good, and once again the sidewalls did not dig in and cause our test vehicles to traction roll.

Next we hit up a local park, a place with a bunch of different terrain to really test out the AKAs. The first place we went to at the park was a gravel/rock covered lot. Once again the Roadblocks felt super dialed, in fact, we were amazed with how much traction they provided.

At a big grassy area in the park we found the first kink in the Roadblock’s armor. The small lugs on the Roadblocks got us through very short grass, but anything taller and they did a lot more spinning than providing forward motion.

Our final stop was a large field of freshly turned over dirt (read- very loamy/clumpy/muddy). We found that while the Roadblocks worked very well on hard-packed dirt, their small lugs came up short on providing traction in deep loam and in mud. We could get our test vehicles around on these surfaces, but there are other basher oriented tires that provide much better grip in these conditions than the Roadblocks.

Overall? We really liked the Roadblocks on a variety of hard surfaces. If you don’t drive on much grass or loam they will make a great choice for your short course machine. The Roadblocks are priced at $26 a pair, or you can get them pre-mounted on Cyclone wheels for $39. Click on This Link to get full details over on the official AKA website.

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AKA Roadblock SC Tires
The guys over at AKA have a new “do it all” short course truck tire called the Roadblock. The Roadblock uses a dense tread pattern for long life and is designed to get traction on a wide variety of surfaces like asphalt and grass.

The Roadblocks come with AKA red inserts and are available two ways – as tires, and pre-mounted on Cyclone wheels. The part number for just the tires is #13019SR and they have a street price of $26. Pre-mounts that fit the Losi SCTE and Tekno short course trucks have a part number of #13019SRE, the part number for Associated SC10s with wheel hexes is #13019SRF, and #13019SRA is the part number for pre-mounts to fit Traxxas Slash 2wd rear and 4×4. All the pre-mounts are priced at $39 per pair. Get more details at This Link over on AKAs official website.

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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.