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Know your Brand - Traxxas - Hobby Letter #4/22

11.3.2022

Hello World! I hope you are all OK and Staying Strong! Heikki here from the EuroRC Storage Room and today we learn about Traxxas - The Fastest Name In RC as they claim! Is this true? Why do so many people dislike Traxxas openly even when they are one of the most important and innovative RC companies ever?

Let's take the good old TRX in the table and wrench it open a bit! Traxxas has also a hot Spring Sale going on right now and this is a great moment to grab one of your favourite trucks in a nice price!

Holy Duality of Power and Speed

Since the dawn of the RC hobby there has been a growing need for more faster and more powerful cars. Year after year the toys are getting faster and more powerful. RC Cars are motorsport just like "real" cars are and this is just how it goes!

Back in the days the RC car hobby was mostly if not all focused on the competition. It was mostly nitro too at the very beginning as the battery tech was still in its baby shoes but the electrical RC racing started to rise very soon after the hay days. Racing tracks were dominated by legendary names such as Team Associated and Schumacher. Tamiya was one of the first brands that started to produce more hobby friendly kits and most important, their cars were all electric powered what lowered the curve for many hobbyists to try out RC cars.

Development of the rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries made electronic racing easier to approach but there was still a long way to go before we had eight cell high-voltage lithium polymer power packs along programmable digital ESCs and sensored brushless motors.

Competition level RC was at its peak at the late 80's and early 90's and while still popular today, it is not for everyone. I say it straght - some of us just want to bash and fool around! Keep in mind that most of the RC cars back in the Golden Days were pretty fragile and were designed competition in mind. Popularity of Tamiya monster trucks such as Clod Buster and Lunchbox paved the way for a totally new way to hobby RC cars.

The Game Changes

Then came year 1986 and a new challenger appeared. Little and unknown name Traxxas came out with their line of Ready-to-Run electric powered stadium trucks and buggies. It was actually them who coined the term RTR to the hobby! Another interesting side note is that first Traxxas vehicles were electric and their first nitro model came out several years later. Sure, they were in to competition sport too at the beginning but pretty soon Traxxas figured out that the pleasure side of the hobby is getting more popular every year so why not focus there if the others do not.

What we here in EuroRC respect is the ground work and amount of development and engineering they put in their vehicles before they hit the market. Legendary game changers such as Rustler, T-Maxx and E-Maxx were a big hits back in the 90's and opened new horizons for the very alive bashing culture what we see today. We are lucky to have a Original 2WD Rustler from 1996 in our RC Museum Collections. See pic above! It even has a original body and a box!

King of the Bashers, X-Maxx was something extraordinary when it was released 2015. It was so big and so powerful and packed with innovative ideas such as self-rightening system that it left people literally speechless. It left many people also ESC-less at the beginning before they get their system bit less-violent for the electronics.

We have one X-Maxx in display at the shop and everyday it makes our customers squeeze its huge tires and go Wow They are THAT big!

Traxxas made a same stunt of awesomeness again to the crawler scene with the TRX-4 and their working remote lockable differentials. TRX-4 is still considered to be The RC Crawler where all the other similar vehicles are compared to. As a crawler it is actually so good that it is even a bit boring to drive for those who want some challenge in their trails.

Why U No Like?!

This is an issue that has been boggling in my mind for a some time now. Why do people so openly "hate" Traxxas that many do not even want to start an conversation about it? I think that it is just because of their popularity and business plan to make fun trucks rather than seriously competitive and high tuned racing instruments. Many people also say that once you buy Traxxas you are hooked to their batteries and parts support.

Lets put this issue another way around - many people actually appreciate that their products are easy and most importantly safe to use. There is a huge segment of people who want to have easy fun rather than start the racing day with soldering new connectors. This is where Traxxas shines - Easy, Fun and Fast RC fun that suits everyone!

Faster Than You See

Traxxas slogan has the claim that they are the Fastest Name in RC. Is this true? Well it surely is as the XO-1 is still the only RTR what can reach maximum speed of 160kmh in under 5 seconds. If this is not fast enough we are not sure what would be!

Speed runs and Drag Racing are top trend today. This has made many people to dug their old 2WD Slashes out from the cellar and convert them to speed hungry No-Prep trucks! If you are interested, check out this video from Pro-Line to see how it is done or take a shortcut and grab a Ready-to-Run Drag Slash with sweet Chevy truck body!

..and one Rustler for me Thanks!

What do I think then? To be honest, I like Traxxas and the good things they do for the hobby. I do not have much of their stuff but the quality and fun-factor of their trucks is definitely in the top tier. I have more than enough crawlers so I am waiting to see if anything new could be seen on the platfrom of TRX-4. Anyhow I would love to have a Rustler VXL 4x4 in my garage. While not the latest basher out there, I've seen that little critter outrun and perform better than many bigger bashers ever! And you can get it in pink color, too!

We here at EuroRC are more than proud to carry a full catalogue of Traxxas RTR cars and Kits along a large selection of spare and hop-up parts for said trucks. Now head to the Traxxas Spring Savings Sale and make a deal of the year!

Peace Out and Thanks for Reading

Heikki / EuroRC

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