Horizon Hobby introduced the ECX lineup of vehicles (originally known as Electrix) to offer RC beginners hobby-grade products that were affordable and easy to use. In a short period of time, the lineup has evolved and is now, in our opinion, not just for the new guys. Case in point is the monster truck of the ECX stable, the Ruckus. Gary Katzer of Horizon Hobby gave us the full scoop and a little history lesson on the 2WD truck that just got the brushless treatment. This Ruckus is actually the fourth version. The first improvement gave the truck a 2.4GHz radio system, waterproof electronics and Horizon’s proprietary EC3 high-current connector and a jump from a 20-turn motor to a 15-turn motor. This second version is still available for around $160–while supplies last. The next generation gave the Ruckus a whole new look with a much cooler body and graphics (subjective, but we’re confident everyone agrees), satin black wheels (also much cooler) instead of chrome, new tires, Spektrum radio gear, a 2-amp peak detention charger to juice up the Dynamite Speedpack 1800 mAh NiMH battery (goodbye, slow wall charger) and heavy-duty driveshafts. This version costs approximately $170.
The newly announced brushless Ruckus will be offered along side the non-brushless version. New graphics help it standout, but the best part of the package is the Dynamite Tazer 3300 Kv 4-pole brushless motor matched with metal gears in the transmission. The 4-pole design means it should have plenty of monster truck appropriate torque. The radio system is the DX2E 2.4 GHz transmitter with waterproof SR201 receiver. ECX includes a Dynamite Speedpack 2400 mAh NiMH battery, but the Dynamite Tazer 45A Sensorless waterproof electronic speed control can handle a 3S LiPo battery and we’re betting this truck would be a blast bash around on 11.1 volts. Like speed control and receiver, the Dynamite servo is waterproof.
If you are unfamiliar with the Ruckus platform, it is a high clearance (raised center chassis) 1/10-scale 2WD monster truck made strictly for fun bashing–the type of truck made popular by the Traxxas Stampede. The Ruckus features long-travel front and rear independent suspension and full ball bearings.
The brushless Ruckus should be available in early September for approximately $290.
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