- Suspension is great for a wide range of terrains
- Performs as it should as a scaler
- Durable and you aren't likely to break parts since it does not accelerate fast enough to generate lots of force
- Titan 12-Turn 550 motor does not match the needs of a 4WD
- Stock tires aren't the best
The Traxxas Telluride looks to be aimed at entry level bashers and scalers. We review this monster truck and see what it can or can’t do.
Traxxas Telluride Features
The Traxxas Telluride is a stripped-down version of the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 with some added plastic bits and a new body.
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The Traxxas Telluride runs on the brushed Titan 12-Turn 550 motor that many existing Traxxas vehicles come with, although this motor is usually used with 2WD. The XL-5 waterproof speed control that comes with the monster truck comes with the basic functions and has nothing to shout about.
The long-arm suspension comes pretty stiff, especially considering how Traxxas is trying to allow for scaling of the Telluride. It also comes with a waterproof steering servo (2056), which is a pretty standard gear from Traxxas, standard plastic driveshafts in the front and rear, slightly adjustable solid camberlinks which is probably just as well since you don’t need to do adjustments of that kind of scaling for a non-race truck.
The truck also comes with pretty firm Kumho replica 3.0″ tires which are all-terrain and designed for longevity. They are great for tarmac and hard surfaces, and overall they perform ok on the trails.
The shock towers are made from plastic and there are 3 mounting points for your shocks on the shock towers, as well as multiple adjustment points for your camberlinks. There are 4 adjustment points on the a-arms, which are shorter than the standard a-arms.
Traxxas Telluride Review
The Traxxas Telluride held up well and there were no broken parts. Since it does not go fast enough to generate enough force, the plastic components do not go under a lot of stress when there is a bad landing or a tumble.
The only thing you might experience is the 12-turn motor not holding up when you try to do rock climbing or going really slow with the truck, since the slower you go, the warmer that motor gets. With the stock components, this truck is just simply not made for crawling huge rocks or other huge obstacles.
If you are looking for a fast RC vehicle to race, this is not the RC vehicle for you.You get about 20-23 mph on smooth asphalt and about 15-17mph on dirt.
The suspension system right out of the box is pretty good, and it is as good as you will get for ready to run RC vehicles, and especially for such a wide range of terrains that the Traxxas Telluride is meant to be subjected to.
Aftermarket and Support
Since it is modeled after the Stampede platform, there is a huge upgrade potential and market out there. However, if you are thinking of swaping the motor for a “35/55 turn crawler motor” in order to make the Traxxas Telluride into a crawler, don’t bother trying – the gearing of the Traxxas 1/10 scale 4WD platform in general is nowhere near the range you will need to do slow speed drives. Instead, you would want to run a sensored brushless motor setup to get away with low speed driving.
The Traxxas Telluride is a cool-looking standard Traxxas entry level ready-to-run monster truck that is great for beginners and for those who are into scaling. It is made as a trailer to go over rough terrains and suits slow speed scaling and not for rock climbing.
Overall, the Traxxas Telluride is good at several things, although it does not excel in any particular one. It would probably suit someone new to the hobby rather than a seasoned RC hobbyist.