crababl June 16, 2024, 4:22 p.m.

What's the best rc rock crawler for beginners under $500?

Sup everyone!

Total newb to RC rock crawlers here, and I'm freakin' stoked to jump in! Looking to score a sick 1/10 scale crawler and I've got about 500 smackers to blow (maybe a bit more if it's totally worth it).

I want something that can take a beating 'cause I'm gonna thrash it in parks and rocky spots near me. Heard Axial, Traxxas, and Redcat are pretty legit, but I'm all ears for other ideas too.

So, what's the hot pick for a n0ob like me? Hook me up with your wisdom! Thanks a ton, you guys rock!

marshall June 18, 2024, 12:28 p.m.

Yo crababl! Welcome to the addiction, I mean hobby! xD With that kinda cash, you're in for a treat. Check out the Traxxas TRX-4, it's a beast! Around $450 and it's got all the fancy stuff like remote locking diffs and a two-speed tranny. Plus, it's built like a tank, so when (not if) you send it off a cliff, it'll probably survive!

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Bird Fancy June 19, 2024, 7:29 p.m.

Don't forget the juice, bro! Good battery and charger are clutch. Even with 500 bones, it'll eat into your budget. Pro tip: grab a decent LiPo charger. Your batteries will love you long time! cheers

SimonOn June 22, 2024, 8:30 p.m.

Psst, wanna save some cash for beer? The redcat racing everest10 is a steal at 200 bucks. Aluminum chassis, waterproof electronics, and it comes ready to rip with a battery and charger. Use the extra dough for upgrades or, y'know, more beer... :)

DONZET June 23, 2024, 12:54 p.m.

Yo, hit up if you wanna go down the rabbit hole. They've got reviews that'll make your head spin, plus you can creep on other people's experiences. Avoid the newb fails!

cola June 25, 2024, 10:36 p.m.

Dude, I've thrashed both the trx-4 and the everest-10. TRX-4's got more bells and whistles, but the Everest-10's a solid starter that leaves room for pimping out later. Think about your endgame - going pro or just weekend warrior?

fellow June 26, 2024, 11:46 a.m.

Get off my lawn! JK, but seriously, don’t get caught up in all the fancy gizmos. Sometimes the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is all you need, which is why I'm picking the Redcat Everest-10. It’s straightforward and tough - perfect for beginners. Now, where did I put my dentures...

bad_robot June 28, 2024, 3:43 p.m.

Hear me out - DANCHEE RidgeRock. It's like the Swiss Army knife of crawlers with its crazy steering modes. Ready to roll outta the box and noob-friendly. Might not be a track star, but hey, if it takes a dirt nap, your wallet won't cry as hard. This model is truly great for beginners' journeys.

JeffreyDuh June 30, 2024, 5:48 p.m.

One more tip - don’t skimp on the wheels and the control. A good set of tires and a solid transmitter make all the difference. And hey, get involved in the RC community online or locally. Nothing beats shared geek outs and learning from others

LikaFem July 11, 2024, 9:14 a.m.

Hey crababl, welcome to the world of RC crawling! One thing nobody's mentioned yet is the importance of parts availability and upgrade options. When you're starting out, you're gonna break stuff (we all do), and you'll eventually want to upgrade as your skills improve.

Popular brands like Traxxas and Axial have a huge aftermarket, meaning you can find parts easily and customize your rig to your heart's content. The TRX-4 and SCX10 III are great for this. But even budget-friendly options like the Redcat Everest-10 have decent part support.

Also, consider joining local RC groups or clubs. They often have spare parts on hand and can help you learn maintenance and upgrades. Plus, crawling with a crew is way more fun!

Remember, the best crawler is the one you'll actually use and enjoy. Don't get too caught up in specs - focus on getting out there and having fun! Happy crawling!