Pede Pede said
I pretty much agree with everything you said. If I came off as defending the Pede then I apologize because I'm not. While I did have one and enjoyed it, it's overpriced in my opinion as well.
It's all good - no need to apologize! Everyone can like what they want!
I think the Stampede is sort of the 1/10 4x4 MT benchmark - all the owners I see post about it when people inquire about the truck seem to love it to death. I don't doubt their claims to how great it works and how well it holds up. *I* personally just can't get past the appearance of it... it's just downright fugly. It looks too much like the Stampede 2wd which is an ancient design.
I really want a 1/10(ish) 4wd MT that looks like a monster truck - not a truggy with oversized wheels/tires! The Helion seems appealing not only because of its appearance, but also the fact that I would be able to get parts at my local Hobbytown. I wouldn't buy a basher from a site like Hobbyking and be stuck waiting weeks for parts.
But like stadiumangt and others have mentioned, their Helion vehicles have been questionable as far as durability.
I'd have to wait until someone like Jang or the folks at Big Squid got a hold of it to really put it through the ringer before I would consider pulling the trigger.
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