Best RC Rock Crawler Review 2020

By: Anry Sergeev | 03.06.2020, 14:51
Best RC Rock Crawler Review 2020

What is the Best RC Rock Crawler?

When kids and teens are given a remote controlled car, it doesn't take long and the little ones want to conquer the garden with the car. However, very few RC vehicles are suitable for off-road driving. RC crawlers are an exception. These vehicles are conspicuous by their large tires and the usually slow driving style. Rock Crawlers are not only popular as toys for children, but are also a great hobby for teens and adults, used for competitions in the US and other countries. A professional Best RC Rock Crawler Review will help to find a suitable vehicle for your purpose. We have divided them into three basic categories according to price level under 200 USD for kids and beginners; up to 300 USD for those who need more options and power in RC trucks, and finally - Premium Crawlers, with licensed real car bodies and parts. They are not cheap toys, depending on the scale, car body prototype, RC brand etc. All the selected RC rock crawlers are suitable both for beginners and experienced drivers.

LEGENDARY RC Off Road Monster Truck LEGENDARY RC Off Road Monster Truck
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This top of the line RC off-road monster truck is a perfect choice for little guys and adults alike. Monster truck combines the best features of an RC rock crawler, like conquering difficult obstacles at low speeds, and frantic stunts on sand, mud and concrete at higer speeds. It comes with two rechargeable batteries and a dedicated double battery connector, so it can run at high-speed up to 30 minutes. It also features an extreme tire-scorching action thanks to two brushed robust built-in motors. Highly recommended!
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Best RC Rock Crawler – Overview & Rating

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  • Ready to Run. For 8 +
  • Brushed Electric Double Motor. Speed up to 30 mph. 4WD. Oil Filled Metal Shocks. Foam Filled Tires. 45 Degree Climbing Ability
  • Pistol-like 2.4GHz RC, with 2 speed modes (low speed mode for beginning and smaller areas and high speed mode for racing and larger areas). Two LI-PO 7.4V 1600mAh rechageable battaries and a special double battery connector. Enough for up to 30 min of run
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Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler review
1:24 Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler
  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 4WD. Dynamite™ 88T brushed electric motor. Extra suspension links for adjusting your wheelbase length. Water-resistant electronics
  • 2.4GHz, 3 Channel Radio System. Jeep® Wrangler JLU CRC realistic look. Licensed KMC Machete wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler tires
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1:10 Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body review
1:10 Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body
  • Ready to Run. For 14+.
  • 6WD. Titan® 550 high-torque brushed motor. High/low transmission, 6 aluminum long-travel shocks.
  • TQi™ 2.4GHz 4-Channel Transmitter. LED lighting. Chrome elements
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Detailed Overview of the Best RC Crawlers

Now let’s take a closer look at the best items on the market, with their pros and cons.

Author’s Choice

LEGENDARY RC Off Road Monster Truck, All Terrain, Waterproof LEGENDARY RC Off Road Monster Truck, All Terrain, Waterproof
  • Ready to Run. For 8 +
  • Brushed Electric Double Motor. Speed up to 30 mph. 4WD. Oil Filled Metal Shocks. Foam Filled Tires. 45 Degree Climbing Ability
  • Pistol-like 2.4GHz RC, with 2 speed modes (low speed mode for beginning and smaller areas and high speed mode for racing and larger areas). Two LI-PO 7.4V 1600mAh rechargeable batteries and a special double battery connector. Enough for up to 30 min of run
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The Legendary RC Car may become the coolest present for you or your kids and teens. It has got high and low speed settings which is ideal if you've got kids or you want to just slow down on the first ride. Low speed mode is perfect for learning and smaller areas racing. And high speed mode for larger areas and more advanced users. You can even race two cars without any problem. All you need is to pair the first car with its RC and then do the same with the second car. No interference appears. The car comes all assembled and ready to run straight out of the box. Two barraries allow you to run about 30 min without any stop. This monster truck, with its oils filled metal shocks, heavy duty wheels and reinforced body, is able to conqure all terrains like beach, sand, rock or concrete road at the speed of 30 mph. The truck can be easily controlled within a range up to 250 feet.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use pistol
  • Perfect for beach, sand, rock or concrete roads
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • May be hard to change a battery

People's Choice - Best Small Scale

Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler
  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 4WD. Dynamite™ 88T brushed electric motor. Extra suspension links for adjusting your wheelbase length. Water-resistant electronics
  • 2.4GHz, 3 Channel Radio System. Jeep® Wrangler JLU CRC realistic look. Licensed KMC Machete wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler tires
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The engineers of Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler intended to equip the truck the way to pull the greatest potential from its compact size. And they really succeeded! Now you can have fun at any place, like an office desk, living room or some bigger areas outdoors. The brushed electric motor gives enough torque to climb over almost all obstacles. The truck is cool and with a realistic looking Jeep Wrangler body. It is available in two colors: yellow and white. Two bright LED lights are included and are mounted in the front bumper. An extra LED light port on the ESC allows you to add optional LED lights for night adventures. The truck is ready to run straight from the box, as even batteries for the transmitter, and a LiPo battery pack and USB charger are included.

Pros:

  • Hinged body system for easy access to on-board components, like batteries etc
  • Officially licensed KMC XD Machete wheels which are unpackable in the off-road world
  • The design prevents damages caused by the vibration
  • Great suspension flexibility

Cons:

  • The battery may be defect

Premium Choice

Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body
  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 6WD. Titan® 550 high-torque brushed motor. High/low transmission, 6 aluminum long-travel shocks
  • TQi™ 2.4GHz 4-Channel Transmitter.
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The boldest and toughest all-terrain vehicle ever. Traxxas has the spirit of Mercedes-Benz no-compromise approach. The Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6 with an officially licensed detailed scale replica built on the new TRX-6™ platform it provides an ultimate driving pleasure for RC crawling gourmands. You can enjoy stunningly accurate body with brilliant LED lighting. Chrome accents, molded trim, and finely detailed lighting elements add to the general appearance. The Traxxas' uncompromising attention to detail makes this TRX-6 a perfect expression of beauty and brutality. Let’s look at some important features:

  • Maximum clearance

Exclusive portal axles from Traxxas provide huge ground clearance! To achieve the same clearance with straight axles (and not get stuck), your tires must be 2.5 cm higher than the TRX-6. The TRX-6 with its portal axles will easily conquer the obstacle, leaving behind all other competitors.

  • Increased and reduced gear

When the movement of the model becomes difficult, shift to a lower gear and all six wheels will burst into the irresistible surface. Shift to higher gear and the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 will turn into a desert racing car!

  • Remote differential lock

Traxxas was the first to create a model with three lockable differentials controlled from the control panel! Leave the differentials unlocked to take advantage of the small turning radius of the TRX-4, even with a 6 wheel drive and a long wheelbase. Lock the front differential and rear differentials to fully increase traction on all 6 wheels of four-wheel drive.

  • Aluminum shock absorbers

Six oil-filled shock absorbers ensure smooth drive and overcoming of all obstacles in their way. Threading on the shock absorbers allows you to adjust the height of the ground clearance! Specially tuned rear springs provide full rear axle independence for maximum traction on uneven ground.

  • Wheels 2.2 "Badlock"

The unique 2.2-inch Badlock-style wheels with red trim are equipped with specially designed all-terrain tires. The tires are pre-glued and mounted on the model. The standard 12mm steel "hex" is used for compatibility with the full range of TRX-4 wheels and tires.

Pros:

  • A fully independent intermediate axle with extra set of driving wheels to power over obstacles
  • Unique 2.2” all-terrain tires with trail-tuned foam inserts
  • Also perfect for beginners

Cons:

  • The price is more than average

Best Premium Crawlers, with Licensed Real Car Bodies

The body and chassis of these crawlers are real work of art. All the details are licensed replica of the legendary real cars. Controlling such a car makes you feel thrilled and excited.

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  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 4WD. Brushless Hobbywing 540 2300kv AXE motor. Hobbywing AXE Bluetooth Waterproof ESC. Reefs RC 422HD V2 metal gear waterproof servo.True to scale, licensed Interco IROK Super Swamper tires
  • Radio System - Flysky GT5 6 Channel 2.4Ghz, fully programmable. Features a highly detailed fully licensed International Scout II body
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1:24 Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler  review
1:24 Axial SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler RC Rock Crawler
  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 4WD. Dynamite™ 88T brushed electric motor. Extra suspension links for adjusting your wheelbase length. Water-resistant electronics
  • 2.4GHz, 3 Channel Radio System. Jeep® Wrangler JLU CRC realistic look. Licensed KMC Machete wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler tires
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Premium Choice
1:10 Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body review
1:10 Traxxas TRX-6 Scale and Trail Crawler with Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 Body
  • Ready to Run. For 14+
  • 6WD. Titan® 550 high-torque brushed motor. High/low transmission, 6 aluminum long-travel shocks
  • TQi™ 2.4GHz 4-Channel Transmitter. LED lighting. Chrome elements
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Best Licensed Tires
1:10 Redcat Racing Everest GEN7 Sport RC Rock Crawler review
1:10 Redcat Racing Everest GEN7 Sport RC Rock Crawler
  • Ready to Run. For 14+. A rock crawler with limitless potential
  • 4WD. Brushed 17T 550 motor, crawler ESC. Portal axles, High strength 1.5mm C-Channel chassis rails, 4-Link suspension, Aluminum threaded shocks. Exact scale replica of the high performance IROK Super Swamper tire from Interco
  • 2.4 GHz radio system. detailed bumpers and stylish and durable set of rock sliders. Highly detailed realistic LED lighting hardware
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Best RC Crawlers for Teens and Adults

The models on the list have more options, more durable, and will satisfy the demands of both teens and adults. The price is average on the market.

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  • Ready to Run. For 8 +
  • Brushed Electric Double Motor. Speed up to 30 mph. 4WD. Oil Filled Metal Shocks. Foam Filled Tires. 45 Degree Climbing Ability
  • Pistol-like 2.4GHz RC, with 2 speed modes (low speed mode for beginning and smaller areas and high speed mode for racing and larger areas). Two LI-PO 7.4V 1600mAh rechageable battaries and a special double battery connector. Enough for up to 30 min of run
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  • Ready to Run. For 14 +
  • Electric Motor. Speed up to 30 mph. 4WD with Independent Suspension System and Water Resistance IPX4. Rubber All Terrain Wheels with 6 Metal Springs
  • 1 or 2 1600mAh Lipo Batteries. Enough for up to 15 or 30 min of run accordingly. RC with 2 speed settings for beginner or advanced drivers
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1:10 Axial® Capra™ 1.9 Unlimited Trail Buggy RC Rock Crawler review
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  • RTR or Kit. For 15 +
  • 35T Brushed Motor. Switch from 4WD to FWD. Currie F9 portal axles provide extra ground clearance. 2.4 GHz
  • Spektrum STX3 3-channel, 2.4GHz radio system and receiver
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Best Budget
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1:10 Hosim High Speed RC Car
  • Ready to Run. For 14 +
  • 4WD, RC390 motor
  • 2.4GHz RC, with 2 speed modes. One 7.4V 1600mAh rechageable battary. Enough for up to 10-15 min of run
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Best RC Crawlers for Beginners and Kids

These models are suitable for those who just make their first steps in rock crawling hobby. Every truck may be a perfect gift for your kid or teen. They are rather affordable price wise.

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  • Ready to Run. For 8 +
  • 4WD, RC390 motor
  • 2.4GHz RC, Two 1500mAh rechageable battaries required
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  • Ready to Run. For 8 +
  • 4WD. Independent suspension system and heavy duty wheels geared with bouncing springs. Shockproof ability and strong grip for more difficult obstacles, climbing mountains, racing on lawn or around deserts.Splash-resistant ESC with reverse
  • 2.4GHz proportional digital radio control
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1:10 DANCHEE RidgeRock Crawler review
1:10 DANCHEE RidgeRock Crawler
  • Ready to Run. For 14 +
  • 4WD. 2x High torque brushed electric motors on axles. 4 mode 4W steering, modes can be switched on-the-fly. Lightweight plastic chassis, Multi link suspension, Aluminum capped oil filled shocks
  • 2.4GHz RC. 7.4v 1500mAh rechargeable battery pack, USB battery charger
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Best Budget
1:12 WLtoys RC Off-Road Rock Crawler, All Terrain Climbing Buggy review
1:12 WLtoys RC Off-Road Rock Crawler, All Terrain Climbing Buggy
  • Ready to Run. For 14 +
  • 4WD. 540 Brushed Electric Motor. Speed up to 32 mph. 4WD. Cushioned. TPR Tires. 45 Degree Climbing Ability
  • 2.4GHz RC. Remote Control Distance: about 330 feet, PVC explosion-proof car shell, LED Lights. 7.4V 1500mAh Li-ion Battery. Enough for up to 10-20 min of run
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Best RC Rock Crawler – Buyer’s Guide

How does a Remote Controlled Crawler Differ from Other RC Vehicles?

If you compare a Mercedes Benz limousine in miniature format with an RC crawler, numerous differences can immediately be seen. This is especially due to the fact that RC or rock crawlers were developed for off-road fun. First of all, most people probably notice that the tires of the remote-controlled crawler are not only very large, but also very far apart. This results in a very large ground clearance, which serves to protect the vehicle. Even if the RC crawler flits over sharp or sharp-edged stones, the bottom of the vehicle is not damaged. Furthermore, chassis and tires are designed for maximum power and not so much for speed. Because to conquer mountainous terrain, an RC crawler does not have to be able to drive fast, but must have a lot of power. That is why RC crawlers normally show a sluggish and slow driving style with which they can overcome any obstacle. Just as cars can be divided into mini cars, sedans or vans, crawlers can also be divided into subgroups. For example, an RC crawler truck is a truck that can drive over hills and stones without any problems.

Who should Enjoy the RC Crawler?

The person for whom the RC or Rock Crawler is intended is, of course, a decisive factor for the purchase. Because a toy that is intended for children from the age of 4 years has to meet completely different requirements than a vehicle that is of interest to lovers of model making. The following table clearly shows the differences between the two extremes:

  RC Crawler for kids RC Crawler as collector's item
Construction Ready-to-Run model (ready built) Construction kit
Drive system Electric motor with recharge batteries or storage batteries Diesel engine or powerful electric motor
Scale of replica Scale is not important Crawler should be made to scale
Material Plastic Metal
Maximum speed Just a few Miles per hour Up to 25 Miles per hour

This table shows very well that scale replicas have little in common with RC crawlers for playing. If you want to buy a RC crawler to build it yourself, you should be aware that building it yourself takes a lot of time. It is also worthwhile to have a little expertise. Although the crawler set usually comes with a manual, it is not always possible to see all the steps of building a crawler. But if you are willing to invest some time, with a rock crawler kit you will learn exactly where the controller is, which parts the body is made of and the difference between an electric and a diesel engine. When choosing the scale, one has different options available, ranging from very large models to small cars that can be easily put into the showcase. The following scales are considered particularly popular among racing enthusiasts:

1:8  – 1:10  – 1:12 – 1:16 – 1:18 – 1:24 – 1:48

The larger the model is, the more powerful the motor must be: If you are not sure whether a remote controlled crawler with diesel engine is better than a rock crawler with electric motor, you should consider the weight and size of the crawler. The bigger the model in question, the more power the engine must have. For a model in the scale 1:24 an electric motor is quite sufficient. For a 1:10 or 1:8 scale model, it is better to choose a petrol engine.

Tips for Usage RC Cars and RC Rock Crawlers by Kids

At What Age Can Kids Start Playing With RC Cars?

The range of remote controlled models is now so huge that even there are RC cars available for toddlers. However, the speed, the transmitter range and also the steering angle / control should be adapted to the age and skills of the child. Basically, the age recommendation of the manufacturer should also be observed.

What is the Maximum Speed of an RC Car for a Child?

Faster cars promise more fun and action. At the same time, this also means that the remote-controlled car is more difficult to control. Therefore, slower RC cars like rock crawlers, for example, up to a maximum speed of approx. 7-8 MPH are better suited for getting started or for smaller children. More experienced drivers can also have fun with faster cars. Speed above 12 MPH makes little sense for children, as the joy is quickly lost if the vehicle regularly crashes into obstacles.

What is RC Car Transmitter Range?

The entry-level models usually have a very short range - just a few meters, that's it. And that's absolutely fine for little kids and for indoor use. However, from a certain age or with children who already have some experience with remote controlled vehicles, a too small range becomes increasingly disturbing. This should be taken into account when buying a car.

What Batteries are Better Suited for an RC Car for Kids?

For small children, batteries are definitely sufficient. When changing batteries, you don't have to be very careful (but always in the presence of adults!). For children from about 7-8 years of age, the advantages of a rechargeable battery can also be enjoyed (full power until the end). However, the charging process requires some patience and also caution in the correct handling of batteries (do not store discharged batteries for a long time; do not keep them in the vehicle for a long time etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions about RC Rock Crawlers

Who Makes the Best RC Rock Crawler?

Of course, if rock crawling is your hobby, you probably already defined for yourself what brand for rc rock crawler is the best for your needs. But if you just begin, we would like to draw your attention to Traxxax, RedCat, Legendary and Axial. Other producers like Deerc, Altair and others are worth your attention. Everything depends on your skills level and budget.

Is RC Rock Crawling fun?

Remote Controlled cars are absolutely fun if you like outdoor activities adventures like mountains, rocks, sand and mud. Controlling an RC crawler at home or in the back yard is also fun, but not as much!

How fast is a RC rock crawler?

Normally RC crawlers are not that speedy as they are designed to overcome all kinds of terrain with low speed, and not for racing. Their speed range is between just several mph and 40 mph at maximum.

What is the best RC car for under 100?

Cheerwing or Maisto RC Crawlers ore one of the best budget trucks.

What is better - Ready-to-Run or DIY RC Crawler?

If you are just a beginner in rock crawling it is much better to buy a ready-to run model. You can just unpack it and enjoy riding. Later on, when you already know how everything works and are patient enough you can try your first DIY kit.

After you have informed yourself sufficiently and now you know the best RC crawlers, nothing stands in the way of a purchase.

SUMMARY

Remote-controlled cars that overcome almost any obstacle effortlessly: RC crawlers are a perfect choice for RC fans who love action and always want to explore new paths in the terrain. Some of these vehicles are especially suitable for children, as the main focus here is not on speed but on skillful maneuvering.

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