Traxxas Bandit VXL

Traxxas Bandit VXL Review

Traxxas Bandit VXL Features Summary

The Traxxas Bandit VXL 2017 version upgrade comes with the new Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) that allows arrow-straight acceleration on slippery surfaces, without fishtailing, spinouts, or loss of control. TSM also aids in high-speed cornering corrections in the background while you are driving.

Traxxas Bandit VXL 2The Traxxas Bandit VXL is a 2WD lightweight speed machine that’s fast on pavement and brutal off-road, with the ability to hit maximum 70Mph+ with the Velineon 3500 brushless motor and some upgrades. I recommend getting the optional wheelie bar as the Traxxas Bandit VXL is prone to wheelies due to the speed and it being a 2WD vehicle.

To protect the Traxxas Bandit VXL, I also used the optional RPM Wide Front Bumper, which I felt was a great addition for the small price tag.

The chassis is held on by 2 clips, one in the front and the other in the rear. The Traxxas Bandit VXL comes with waterproof electronics (however the receiver itself isn’t waterproof), digital high-torque 2075 servo, precision steel turnbuckles with heavy-duty rod ends, and LiPo-ready VXL-3s ESC with three profiles.

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Traxxas Bandit VXL Review

Speed

The Traxxas Bandit VXL hits 70Mph+ with a 3S LiPo battery and just 25C with the right gearing, unlike other competitors which require 6S LiPo battery to hit that top speed.

It is able to hit top speed due to the unique Traxxas High-Current Connector, ESC and motor. The battery connector is often overlooked as it is such a simple part, but conventional connections have poor design and resistance and are simply unable to transfer the energy efficiently.

With the Traxxas High-Current Connector, the battery content is designed specifically to suit the current high-output systems that support higher capacities.

This, in combination with the Velineon 3500 Brushless Motor and the VXL-3s ESC, results in a super fast acceleration of the buggy.

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Suspension

The suspension of the Traxxas Bandit VXL is pretty good. I wouldn’t say that it has the best suspension system in the market, however, this buggy took the jumps and landings well.

Durability

This buggy is very durable, and I had no broken parts despite crashing it into curbs and landing some pretty high jumps. Having the wheelie bar and the RPM bumper definitely helped protect the car further.

Aftermarket Support

The Traxxas Bandit VXL has a great aftermarket support, with many mods and aftermarket parts available for purchase, as well as lots of support from forum topics on the Traxxas Bandit VXL.

Conclusion

The Traxxas Bandit VXL is a well-built buggy that is durable, fast, and a lot of fun to drive. Beginners should start with using just the included Traxxas 7-cell NiMH battery in order to get used to the speed and handling, and slowly progress to 2S then to 3S LiPo battery.

There are many upgrades available for this buggy, as well as many forum threads to help you navigate this buggy.

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