Axial is among the best RC Truck top brands. Axial Wraith vs SCX10 however, it is an accomplishment that will leave you in wonder of them and grow your admiration that they were able to bring these two great contenders to a contest of mastery. Let the battle of the King of Off-Road begin
First off Axial Wraith
With the debut of the Wraith 1.9′′ from Horizon Hobby, Axial Racing keeps the scale train chugging along. Let’s take a closer look and see if they were successful in making those fans happy because they went above and above when it came to listening to them on this one.
The Contender Axial SCX10
Let’s face it, the most of us knew the SCX10 III RTR was coming out eventually, but we didn’t know when. “THIS SUMMER, AXIAL WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD,” I proclaim in my best action movie voiceover for the trailer. Okay, so maybe not the entire planet, but you get the idea. We anticipated this year would be a little slower for Axial after their release frenzy last year, but they just can’t seem to slow down. I believe that everyone will concur when I say, “Keep them coming! Therefore, let’s check all the delights Axial has prepared for us with the SCX10 III Jeep JL Wrangler 1/10 RTR.
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Setting up the monsters
Axial Wraith: both the truck battery and a charger are required. Before heading out onto the trails, we didn’t touch anything on the truck. All stock settings are ready.
Axial SCX10: make sure the shocks are adjusted to your preference. The rear shocks were a touch too supple for my liking right out of the box. The Spektrum FIRMA SMART 40A BRUSHED 4-CHANNEL ESC/RECEIVER, Dedicated LED power connectors, Built-in 4-Channel DSMR® Receiver, and Waterproof Design are used by the SCX10 III RTR. For Axial, smart technology appears to be the way of the future. If you have a Spektrum Smart LiPo battery, you may configure the rig using the Spektrum Dashboard app.
Criteria for Battling
Axial Wraith: It’s very simple to work on even with the battery shifted to the front. Additionally, there were plenty of extra components in the box to hasten your return to the route.
Axial SCX10: If you’re new to the hobby, working on the SCX10 III can take some time. Even though there are many servos and cables, the SCX10 III is not tough to work on once you get into a rhythm. The motor plate streamlines and expedites the motor exchange process.
Axial Wraith: The Axial Wraith has a good-looking shell and a nice scale appearance overall, but the interior’s molded driver lowers that rating a bit because the original Wraith allowed you to use whichever guy you preferred. The silver paint on the inside of the vehicle shows through when the body scratches, giving it the appearance of a finely used trail vehicle rather than a plastic toy truck. (Yes, we are choosy, but that’s how to scale stuff goes.)
Axial SCX10: The Jeep JLU Wrangler body has a ton of injected molded components and looks great. You have the choice of Orange or Gray, and let me just say that in person, the orange body looks really stunning; photographs just don’t do it justice. Axial went above and above by including a duplicate V8 engine, gearbox housing, and transfer case under the hood to conceal the motor and chassis-mounted servo. The cabin is attractive, features a detailed dash, and offers the driver a couple of different headgear options. There is more than enough room to drop down the interior and have realistic seats, but We do think Axial could have gone the extra mile on the interior like they did with everything else.
Bash-A-Bility (Bashing Capability)
Axial Wraith: We scale men don’t want to huck our gorgeous trucks down the edges of cliffs onto the rocks below, but we did what we had to do! This part of the test is usually a little nerve-wracking. We didn’t break anything; the Wraith just kept returning for more. Even though it isn’t a “basher” car, it can take a beating.
Axial SCX10: Any setup that can survive our tests is constructed well. Veteran drivers as well as a novice driver were harsh on the SCX10 III. When the rig is under load, the transmission makes a click or tick sound that appears to be caused by a gear. Fortunately, the clicking is just that—clicking—and does not affect how well the SCX10 III performs.
Axial Wraith: Even with the plastic links, the truck handles fairly nicely; there was no binding or twisting to cause any problems. Even in the muddy and damp conditions, the tires had good traction. With this one, Axial has cemented its reputation as a “smooth driver.”
Axial SCX10: The SCX10 III is one of Axial Racing’s finest handling vehicles, second only to the Axial Capra. Yes, it can be top heavy at times, but it can still side hill and even climb up a waterfall that is in motion! The bigger Nitto Trail Grappler tires and the AR45 Portal axles will let this rig to pass through and over most obstacles. The aluminum adjustable shocks are excellent for on-the-fly trail modifications if the setup is too stiff or too soft.
Axial Wraith: There aren’t many parts available because the car is still in its infancy, and several of the ones we looked for were out of stock.
Axial SCX10: One of the top components supports now available is from Axial. Finding both OEM and aftermarket parts shouldn’t be a problem.
Axial Wraith: Fans of Axial should be happy with the new direction the Wraith has gone in. The 1.9′′ has a better overall scale appearance while maintaining the 2.2′′’s capacity to smash rocks. This should be on the top of your list if you are considering purchasing a 1.9″.
Axial SCX10: With their rig lineup, Axial Racing has advanced significantly in the past two years alone. When you purchase an Axial rig, the quality and attention to detail have become standards. They are fighting hard to maintain their position as the industry leader for crawlers because it is their stated goal. Any organization will find it difficult to follow the SCX10 III. Any season, the SCX10 III should be a well-liked option because to its performance, scale details, and cutting-edge electronics!
Driving: Initially, it seemed a little top heavy, but as the standard shocks broke in, it improved significantly. After a number of runs, the vehicle seemed to have gone through a little break-in period and began to handle very well on those side slopes and steep inclines.
The heavy stuff really demonstrates the flex across all four shocks. Depending on the terrain, you may even need to firm things up a little to your preference. This is where the adjustable shocks come into play. It’s nice to know that there’s no risk of becoming caught on the trail without the opportunity to make minor modifications.
Tires: Although the first-generation Wraith was a larger vehicle, the 2.2-inch tire still felt a little out of proportion. The Nitto Trail Grappler M/T 1.9′′ Tires on the Wraith 1.9 truly give it a scale appearance and feel.
Power: The 35T motor is a reliable motor that provides you with adequate low-end torque to help you ascend steep slopes. Your wheelie wickedly rearward while steering on the fronts just for fun. You diehards should be warned that this will destroy your front bumper.
Radio: The Axial’s Spektrum STX2 comes with a good number of settings. You can drastically reduce the throttle trim setting so you can confidently transfer the controller to a complete novice.
Broken Parts: Despite heavy use and abuse, the truck’s parts have all been intact. Despite the fact that some of them may not seem fantastic, they are all intact.
Radio: Stock RTR radios are often not something we get excited about, but the Spektrum DX3 is the caddie of RTR radios. Fully compatible with Smart telemetry, improved range, quick reaction, and the ability to alter the drag break on the fly are all very helpful for the trails. For us one-handed drivers, the thumb toggle is also a favorite because it makes operating the gear and recording much simpler than using your thigh or stomach.
Turning: The SCX10 III RTR excels at turning. The stock servo is powerful enough for typical crawling around, which is a feat in and of itself considering we all know stock servos may be underpowered. The DIG feature distinguishes the SCX10 III from many other models. For all those aficionados of competition, being able to lock up the back axle and let the front axle handle all the work during those tight corners is a significant advantage. It is also helpful while attempting to prevent the equipment from sliding down a precipice.
The portal axels do play a significant role in the way this rig feels when it is crawling, but there are other factors at play as well, starting with the tires. For the SCX10 III, Axial created a brand-new tire called the Nitto Trail Grappler R35 compound, which is wider and somewhat taller (4.7 x 1.7) than the previous Nitto Trail Grappler models. The bigger a tire’s footprint, the more securely the rig will be anchored to the ground. The SCX10 III is a little top heavy, so the tires actually help the vehicle avoid rolling over as frequently. Of course, a larger tire also means you can easily navigate obstacles because it raises the vehicle’s ground clearance. Wheel speed is variable; some people appreciate having a second gear in a transmission, while the other half could care less. Since we prefer the Dig function to the second speed, Axial’s decision to make the SCX10 III dig-ready definitely sets it apart from its primary rivals. The SCX10 III RTR dominates on the rocks unlike any other SCX10, with loose dirt appearing to be the only thing that needed improvement. The SCX10 III was developed by the Axial team, and the rig can support it on the trails!
Broken parts: Despite the fact that our test vehicle rolled over and fell down some insane steep hills, the SCX10 III is fully functional aside from minor trail rash.
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What We Found
There is hardly any distinction that can be made between Axial Wraith VS SCX10. When it comes to supremacy both trucks will do as fun and enjoyment, it all boils down to what you are into, we have tried, tested and had fun with both so surely any of the two will definitely make you want to buy the other as well.
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