How to Decide on the Right Type of RC Truck?
If you're looking to get into the RC hobby, you must first familiarise yourself with the different types of RC truck available and the terms associated with them. With so many manufacturers and models, it's kinda difficult to find the right RC truck, especially if you're new to the hobby. While this article probably won't give you the answer, it will definitely narrow down your choices, and you'll have a good chance of picking what you want and need. Without further ado, let's get into it.
RC trucks are divided into a few categories - RC stadium trucks, short course trucks, truggies and monster trucks. Depending on the type of riding you intend to do with your truck, your choice will vary. In order to determine which one is right for you, you need to know how one type differs from another.
For starters, a RC stadium truck is meant for off-road driving, but it can also be used on a wide range of surfaces. Although not as popular as they used to be, there's still a wide range of models on the market from manufacturers like TRAXXAS. Stadium RC trucks are quite fast and they can reach speeds of over 80km/h.
A short cruise RC truck, on the other hand, is a relatively new type that rose to popularity in the last several years. They're affordable, usually have a 2WD, but there are also models that feature a 4WD as well. They come with brushless and brushed motors, and they're ideal for both on and off-road driving.
Monster trucks feature large tyres and the ability to overcome almost any obstacle in front of them. They're still popular as they were back in the 80's, except now they feature nitro engines that give them the capability to reach even higher speeds. Monster trucks are great for off-road riding, or indoor obstacle courses.
Lastly, we have truggies, which are basically monster trucks for racing. Truggies have a lower ground clearance, yet they still keep the large tyres that monster trucks sport. Truggies also have a better suspension and they're incredibly fast as a result. Nitro powered truggies are extremely popular nowadays, and they make for great fun on all types of surfaces.
Regardless which type you end up choosing, you'll have to decide on the type of motor you want. I briefly aforementioned terms like brushed, brushless and nitro, which is basically the types of motors all RC vehicles can have. Brushed and brushless motors are both electric, with the brushless being the superior in performance. Nitro motors are for the more advanced rider, and it's recommended that you drive them outdoors or in places with decent ventilation, because they emit toxic exhaust from burning fuel.
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