Looking for a rock crawler that's affordable, easy to control and capable enough to get you on the road (well, off-road) to learning your way around this sport? The just-announced Axial AX10 Ridgecrest should make for a good fit.
The AX10 line has long been Axial's "Swiss Army Knife" of sorts, bringing a little of every aspect of crawling to the table, so this new release is no different. Billed as "one of the most versatile trucks Axial has ever engineered," the vehicle claims to strike a mix of off-road running speed and crawling prowess, making it ideal for novice players getting their head around the game. The body comes pre-printed, with the entire vehicle built right in the factory, so all you have to do is unbox and start playing.
The 1/10 scale 4WD Axial AX10 Ridgecrest features a tube-style chassis design for rugged performance and high-performance shocks to handle all the troubles of the off-road. Power is provided by a 20T motor, which pairs with the vertically-mounted (to help shield it from water and debris) AE-2 ESC (which comes with drag brake for all those difficult crawling situations). Other details of the off-road performer include WB8 Wild Boar splined drive shafts, adjustable battery tray, AR60 OCP axles, four-link suspension,2.2 Ripsaw tires (5.5 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide), and 2.2 Raceline Renegade wheels. It comes with an AX-3 2.4GHz radio system, with the receiver tucked safe inside a waterproof box.
Slated for release by mid-April, the Axial AX10 Ridgecrest will retail for $575.
Length: 18.4 in (467 mm)
Width: 11.6 in (295 mm)
Height: 9.4 in (238 mm)
Wheelbase: 12.1 in (307 mm)
Ground Clearance: 3 in (76.2 mm)
Weight (without battery): 4.2 lb (1.9 k)