The first question is usually: do you want to go fast, or do you want to go anywhere today, we’re going to look at two vehicles that attempt to do both the lossy laser nut rock racer and the axial riff rock bouncer? Both of these are based on real life, competition off road vehicles that specialize in crossing extremely rough terrain as fast as possible. While there are some differences between rock racers and rock bouncers, they both have essentially the same purpose in the rc world, so we’re gon na put them through their paces and see how they stack up the losi laser nut is a four wheel: drive rock racer it’s, A scale replica of the full size, lasernut racing team vehicle and the tires rims and paint scheme are officially licensed, it’s advertised at one tenth scale, but at 24 inches long. This is a huge vehicle and dwarfs most other 110 scale cars. The chassis is based on the lowsi tenacity, buggy platform. The suspension is fully independent, with adjustable turnbuckles, aluminum shocks and factory installed, sway, bars, front and rear. The chassis plate is aluminum as well. So this thing has quite a bit of weight to it. It’S propelled by a spectrum firma 4 pole, 1900 kv brushless 550 size motor with a programmable smart 130 amp speed control, which can take a 3s or 4s lipo battery the receiver features avc, which is basically horizon’s version of a traction control system. The steering servo is a high torque metal gear unit.
The wheels use a 2.2 inch rim and the spare tire is functional. Should you ever need it? The body of this vehicle is not your typical, flexible lexan affair. It’S constructed around a sturdy plastic roll cage with individual lexan panels bolted onto it, there’s a full interior complete with molded in figures, even the oxygen hoses on their helmets are modeled using rubber tubing, and this attention to detail really helps give it a realistic scale. Look there are also hard plastic, grills and other details all bolted on and very sturdy. This light bar on top is functional, as are the smaller yellow lights on each side to access the inside of the vehicle. Simply remove the two clips at the front and swing it up. The body is hinged at the rear and in a particularly clever bit of design. The wires for the lights are rooted through the rear. So you don’t have to unplug anything when you lift the body up. It’S, a really nice convenient design, and i wish more rc vehicles used something like this. The laser nut is available in two color schemes and retails for 650. Canadian now let’s take a look at the rift. This is a rock bouncer rather than a rock racer. So, while it has a lot of similarities, the design philosophy is a bit different. Essentially, if the laser nut is a fast car that can also crawl, then the rift is a crawler that can also go fast if that makes any sense at 21.
5 inches long. It’S. Also huge for a one tenth scale vehicle, unlike the lasernut’s independent suspension, the rift has solid axles, front and rear, with an axle mounted steering servo and a huge amount of suspension travel. The diff covers are metal, which should make them a bit more durable like the laser knot. It has a sturdy plastic roll cage with a scale interior, including figures. This one doesn’t swing up like the laser nuts body does. But if you remove these clips, the front does open up for access to the battery tray. As far as i know, the rift isn’t based on a specific real vehicle, but it does resemble a typical, full size, rock bouncer, since both vehicles are made by horizon hobby, their drive systems have a lot in common. The rift also uses a spectrum firmware brushless motor. Although this one is 2200 kv, it has the same speed control as the laser nut, a spectrum 130 amp unit, which is integrated into the scale interior in an interesting way like the laser nut. This will take either a 3s or 4s lipo battery. Also like the laser nut, it has a metal gear steering servo. The rift is available in two colors and retails for 700, canadian, both vehicles use the same spectrum, dx3 transmitter and i’ve looked at this transmitter. In other reviews before so i won’t go into too much detail. It does have one feature that i absolutely love, which is a battery level meter.
This shows you how much battery is left in the vehicle in real time as you’re driving. Now this does require a spectrum smart battery in order to work, but if you use one of those it’s extremely convenient anyway without further ado, let’s go see how these things drive to keep things fair, we’re, going to run them both on identical 5000 milliamp hour 3s. Lipo batteries we tested these vehicles at two different locations, starting with a steep hiking trail. Both were good at climbing rocks, but the rift was particularly impressive, scaling incredibly steep slopes with ease wow power. Up that is properly impressive. The laser nut was also very capable, but it doesn’t have quite as much articulation and needed a bit more of a head start to get over some obstacles. There we go. It is, however, a great deal more stable, while the laser nut kept its footing decently. Well. On all surfaces, the rift would flip upside down at the slightest provocation. These things, Music, Music, one small issue with both vehicles – is that the braking effect is quite weak, even with the brake rate turned all the way up on the transmitter. It’S not strong enough to stop them from rolling downhill. This issue seems worse with the laser nut than it is with the rift it’s not a deal. Breaker, though – and there is probably a way to adjust it – hey you’re right the brakes on this – are kind of weak, yeah, quite Music on purpose Music, okay, Music – it has it has the power just doesn’t.
Have the stability Music? There must be an adjustment for the brake between the two. The rift takes more skill to drive, especially at higher speeds, there’s a lot of torque twist so much that hard acceleration can cause the rift to flip over on level ground with no steering input. The laser nut is much easier to drive and harder to flip and because it has independent suspension, there’s no torque twist at all Music um, Music, uh Music. Three, i have to use the tree for a break Music it’s, so much better without abc proof, even just drifting around regularly. We then took the laser nut and the rift to a different location with a large open, gravel field to see how they would do at high speed. This is where the laser nut really shines. It rides smoothly over bumps and is very easy to control, even at high speeds. It’S quite well balanced too, and although there is some body roll it’s easy enough to drift on a loose surface, just like any other fast four wheel drive car. Unfortunately, i can’t say the same for the rift. Well, it is just consistently on three wheels while its solid axles work well on steep rocks, they make it a nightmare to drive fast on a flat surface. The torque twist makes it veer to one side when you give it throttle, and it will flip over immediately if you try to turn keeping it on four wheels at high speed requires a lot of skill, even in a straight line, and you have to have quick Reflexes and constantly fight the car’s tendency to roll over yeah that thing’s gon na be tough at least it sort of goes in a straight line without the abc drifting like the laser nut is out of the question.
The top speed is quite high, but this is not a vehicle. You’Ll ever want to drive fast, a very little bit: Music foreign Applause Music, you Music. All in all, though, we had a great time with both of these vehicles, despite all the abuse we put them through nothing broke. The battery life was good too. We got almost an hour of run time on each vehicle, with a 3s 5000 milliamp hour battery they’re. Two very different approaches to a fast off road car and each has its pros and cons, but they’re both a lot of fun: Music, Music, Music, Music, Music, Music. Well, folks, that about wraps up our review of the losi laser nut and the axial rift. We had a lot of fun with both of these vehicles and whichever one you choose, you’ll, be getting a fast, capable and very versatile off road machine to get your rift or laser nut visit us at bc, shaver hobbies or online at bchobbies.com.