If you haven’t heard, LaTrax is an offshoot of Traxxas and is designed to provide affordable, easy access to hobby-grade RC. The first release was a 1/18-rally car that RC Truck Stop broke the story on. It was clear that if you were already in the hobby, the LaTrax Rally wasn’t for you–and it wasn’t intended to be. We did dig that the LaTrax vehicle had legitimate hobby-grade features such as fluid-filled shocks, waterproof electronics and 2.4 GHz radio system. When LaTrax released the Alias quad-rotor heli, more eyebrows were raised. If you were a car guy considering a heli to play with, all of a sudden LaTrax was on your radar. As such, we have a review coming up of this little aerobatic machine. Now, the Teton has been unveiled and LaTrax has really got our attention. We’re suckers for trucks.
It looks like a mini version of the still-new Traxxas Telluride 4X4 with more monster truck proportioned tires, so maybe it’s more of a mini Traxxas Summit. The drivetrain and suspension layout are pretty similar too. It’s got front and rear diffs and is all shaft driven. The center driveshaft is steel and the diff gears are listed to be made out of hardened steel. Unlike the Rally, the Teton comes with ball bearings (ungradable on the Rally).
The electronics include a lifetime warranty and are waterproof. The motor is a 370 and a simple 6-cell 1200 mAh NiMH battery is included (the Rally included a 5-cell pack). The included speed is LiPo ready with low voltage detection. The speed control also features Traxxas three modes or profiles–sport, race (no reverse) and Training Mode (50% power).
The Teton features Traxxas’ trademark ProGraphix paintscheme with red, blue, orange or green accent colors and should be available soon. You can expect to pay around $150. What’s our take on the Teton? Well, for me, I’m interested in it as a vehicle I can bash around the backyard (no real performance expectations) and let a lot of people take the wheel before letting them try a higher performance RC. I’ve never hidden the fact that I think all minis are kind of toyish, but this one does actually interest me. I like the looks and it is genuiningly hobby grade. I’m glad it has ball bearings and I’m impressed that it’s equipped with 2.4 GHz (I guess I’m still getting used to that being the norm). I also like that it’s waterproof. I know Traxxas is all about the waterproof, but it’s pretty impressive on a $150 rig.
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About the Author: Matt has over 25 years of experience in RC and has worked professionally in media for over a decade. Matt enjoys everything from racing to rock crawling to bashing, and he believes RC should be all about having fun. Matt is as at home covering a world championship in an exotic country as he is showing a new hobbyist how to set gear mesh. His desire to share the hobby with as many people as possible inspired him to create RC Truck Stop and RCTruckStop.com.