RTRs Are Great For The Hobby

Jan 07, 2011 3 Comments by

I’ve been in the hobby for a long time (over 20 years). As such, I got started in the hobby by building kits. I still enjoy building kits. Well, except for tie rods, shocks and differentials of any sort. Other than those steps, I enjoy putting a kit together. It’s fun, it’s relaxing and the end result is satisfying. I also know that I do a damn good job. As a racer, that’s important to me. I want my car to be perfect, and as a racer when RTRs first became available, I didn’t really give them much of a thought. None of the race vehicles I wanted were available as RTRs. RTRs weren’t even on my radar. But, then a fellow racer brought his new Traxxas E-Maxx to the track. I instantly wanted one when I saw it easily pull a wheelie and fly over the pipes at our track like they weren’t even there. I actually didn’t get one, however, because I thought as a RTR it must have been put together poorly. I was wrong. The shocks were filled properly, the slipper was adjusted and the bearings were all properly seated as well. That was a long time ago (I’ve since wised up and owned a few E-Maxx trucks) and RTRs have only gotten better. They also make the hobby better. They are great for the hobby because it makes it so much easier for people to get started. When I hear people say that everyone should get started with kits, I can’t help but think they are being short sighted. Will you know more about your RC car if you built it yourself? Sure, but that goes for everything. Using that logic, no one should be able to drive until they build a full-size car from a pile of parts or watch TV until they assemble a unit. Kits are great, but they aren’t for everyone. I still prefer to build my race vehicles, but I’ll take an RTR basher any day.

Matthew Higgins

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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

3 Responses to “RTRs Are Great For The Hobby”

  1. J says:

    I think RTR is good for the new hobbyist,But I wish more manufacture would give the the option of bind-n-drive/receiver ready models similar to what Team Losi(bind-n-drive) and Traxxas with their Platinum editions models.

  2. electricdave says:

    I used to have the attitude that kits were a better way to learn about your vehicle and while it’s still true, I think RTRs are perfectly acceptable and help to bring more people into the hobby. Plus the build quality of today’s RTRs is astounding. Sure, there have been exceptions, but race rollers are just that, drop your power and electronics in and hit the racetrack. Simple, easy and efficient. Time is money and if it takes me 4+ hours to build a kit from scratch that’s a significant cost. Something will need to be replaced or upgraded so you will get plenty of wrenching time even with an RTR.

  3. Matthew Higgins says:

    I think more bind-n-drive type options will available in the future

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