The Different Types of Tyres for Your RC Car

It doesn't matter if you're a kid or an adult, there’s just something about driving a remote control car that never gets old. Whether it's jumping over curbs, racing on a track, or driving around the neighborhood, RC cars are fun entertainment. And regardless of your age and whether you’re using an indoor-only kids' toy or a state-of-the-art hobby-grade RC truck, there’s a remote-control car that suits your budgets and needs. 

And since it's the tyres that usually wear out first, in this blog post we will talk about the different types and their features. I recently stepped into this hobby having no prior experience, so I know how daunting it can be for a newbie to learn all the terms. Let's get started, shall we? 


When it comes to RC tyres, softer materials provide a better grip, but they also wear out faster. All tyres work better with foam inserts, which usually come together with the tyre nowadays. The tyres should be glued to the rims with cyanoacrylate (CA) glue. If you buy RC tyres that have an outer diameter that is much smaller or larger than your factory stock tires, in order to maintain the same level of great performance, you may need to change your gearing. Let's take a look at the main types of tyres. Rc tyres

Pins – These have low traction on hard surfaces and give even traction in all directions. When driving on a sandy area, traction is greatly reduced.

Ribbed – They are only used on the front wheels of 2-wheel-drive RC cars. Ribbed tyres are good for most off-road conditions and provide an excellent side-to-side traction.

Grooved – This type of RC tyres has a medium-low wear on hard surfaces, high side-to-side traction, and low traction on acceleration on sand.

Slicks – This type of tyres can be made of foam or rubber. They give even traction in all directions, high traction on hard surfaces, and virtually no traction off-road.

V-Groove - These are similar to slicks, but give an improved traction in wet conditions when acceleration occurs. 

Paddle - With a high wear on hard surfaces (even more so when accelerating) and an extremely good traction on sand, paddle RC tyres can drastically reduce steering on 2WD vehicles.

X Pin – This type has a relatively low traction on hard surfaces, it gives even traction in all directions, and when driving on sandy surfaces traction is less affected. It has medium-high wear on hard surfaces.

The different types of wheels are just for aesthetic purposes. What matters most is that you choose a wheel that is the right size for your tyre and has the proper hub for your car. So it's really up to you what style you decide to go with.  

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Last edited: 19/11/2018