One of the reasons why I decided to buy the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro monster truck was the affordable price. At around $200, I wanted to test out this Redcat monster truck.
Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro Features Summary
Ready to run right out of the box, the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro 1/10 Monster Truck comes with an electric brushless KV3800 motor, four wheel drive, 2.4 Ghz, an included battery, heat sink, and a waterproof brushless forward and reverse ESC. The top speed is around 35 – 38 mph.
Many of the front and rear parts are interchangeable, for instance, the front bumper can be used as the rear bumper, and the right axle can be used on the left-hand side too. This means you can buy fewer parts because the parts can be used for either side.
The Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro comes either as an SUV or a truck body, however, the SUV version has a tendency to break the body due to the higher back body style.
Setting Up and Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro Review
Despite the lower price tag as compared to a Traxxas or Losi, the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro does not look cheap. That said, the body does feel a little flimsy and might get easily destroyed when bashing. To counter that, I lined the inside of the body with duct tape to insulate the plastic and provide a level of reinforcement to prevent it from excessive damage, while still keeping the body flexible.
The components are not made of cheap plastic either; the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro uses steel driveshaft, steel axles, thick aluminum shock towers for both front and rear, as well as big bore shocks. All parts also appear to be a high-quality composite plastic. There are also aluminum upgrade kits available if you want to further improve the durability and performance.
As for the stock tires, these are very similar to the tires you will find on a stock Traxxas Stampede. These are a little narrower than those, but it has a pretty close match to the pattern and rubber compound. These stock tires are as good as you will get for a RTR backyard basher vehicle.
While having waterproof electronics does not mean you should run your RC vehicle into a pool, this truck still functioned normally in snow and also after washing off the dirt under a running tap. Just don’t forget to dap some grease on those ball bearings after coming in contact with water.
The Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro does not crack wheelies on command, however, I think this is due to the shocks being set up extremely soft right out of the box. After adding some thicker shock oil, and that helped a little with the handling.
In order to get some bigger air time during jumps, I needed to lower the threaded collars.
The steering servo is a little slow, but it is not so bad that it hurts the overall driving experience. I would say that it compares to the Traxxas 2075 servo.
Acceleration and Braking
The brushless KV3800 motor puts the power down in a pretty balanced way. It is fast enough to keep things interesting, yet not so insanely fast that an inexperienced RC driver cannot keep it under control.
However, it did feel like the stock wheels were unable to handle the speed as it kept flipping. After replacing the stock tires with wider tires (Volcano EPX), the truck stopped flipping half as much and it has a much better grip too.
Once you pop the chassis off, you will instantly see the thick metal shock towers. If you manage to bend one of these thick metal shock towers in a 1/10 scale truck, you might want to take it easier with the driving.
The diffs and the transmission are built with steel gears and appear to be very similar to the diffs in the Traxxas Slash 4×4, and seem to be all but bulletproof.
Despite running the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro below freezing temperatures several times, I still managed not to break a single thing on it. The body does have its fair share of cracks and chips, but I thought that was to be expected of a plastic chassis especially since I am out bashing at 15 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
This is where you get what you paid for. If you are new to RC racing, the lack of easy maintenance is one of the drawbacks of owning a Redcat RC vehicle. Trying to find a replacement part for a Redcat RC vehicle is most likely going to be more difficult than trying to find replacement parts for a Traxxas.
The Redcat Racing Blackout XTE PRO is cheap and durable enough to be a great first RC vehicle for those new to the hobby. It is definitely not as durable as a Traxxas, but it doesn’t break easily either. There are no upgrades available except for the obvious components such as the motor or ESC, but what you get out of the box for your money is pretty awesome.
If you are looking for a fun, simple RC monster truck, you cannot go wrong with the Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro.