View Full Version : 1st summit drive and impressions of the truck
02-07-2009, 04:12 PM
wow what a 1st bash. 5 trucks started the day and 5 trucks finished. thats right. all 5 vehicles used today survived some serious carnage. msot had some horrific rolls and flips. the only damages were:
front wheel came of the stampede (wheel was reinstalled but truck wasnt run)
front bumper support broke on the summit (wasnt being too careful with the truck except for the diffs)
wintermaxx body slightly damaged when i was bringing in the summit at the end of the day. smashed hard into the read end of wintermaxx and bent one corner of the body some.
the low amount of damage is surprising. considering all the vehicles are runnign basic parts for the most part. now i wasnt too gentel ont he summit and man. the truck delivered some higlight moments. like several times took a jump and the truck was in a wheelei and then landed upside down. or when i was having fun and did some crawling..................over the top of my slash which was driven by a friend. by the end i was chasing the slash around trying to smash into it. had some huge crashes and still. almsot no damage at all. the summit is big. it is fast. and it has the handling to outturn even a smaller stampede, emaxx, or slash. i really pushed all 3 of my vehicles while my buddy pushed his ahrd. his poor emaxx body was actually run over on purpose by the summit. it did no damage. the tires really got some good grip and allowed the truck to really outperform expectations. anyways here are all 5 vehicles after the bash:
the only major damage suffered today:
02-07-2009, 04:22 PM
Sounds good. It is unbelievable you did not break anything critical really.
02-07-2009, 04:26 PM
no action shots. the summit is already repaired. used a stock revo bumper brace.
02-07-2009, 04:33 PM
LOL @ snow chains :p
Are them on sale on public stores or did you assemble them by yourself ?
02-07-2009, 04:34 PM
neither. i dont own the 2 snow chain equippe dtrucks. my buddy made the chains by hand. the otehr 3 trucks ar eowned and were mostly driven today by me.
02-07-2009, 04:35 PM
Damages apart, which is your feeling of the Summit handling ?
Which pros and vs have you experienced ?
02-07-2009, 04:38 PM
feeling? my feeling is theat the truck LOVES to go in the air. and really. the harder i pushed the summit it seemed liek it was daring me to do my best. didnt do much crawling but when i did it was with the truck rolling very slowly. pros and cons are well. the only downsid eis that the truck is new to the market. and the sheer price. other than that it handles better than expected. i was able to easily outturn the other 4 vehicles. the tries really dug into the snow and ice and gave the truck a very impressive amount of grip. it is very surprising at how big the truck is and at how fast it is.
02-07-2009, 05:17 PM
Loooks like tons of fun man! How do you like the Titan 775?
02-07-2009, 05:34 PM
i love it. the motor is pretty powerful. gets the summit moving nicely.
02-07-2009, 06:56 PM
thanks for the info!!
02-07-2009, 07:05 PM
i might try and drive the truck tomorrow and get some video of the truck in action.
02-07-2009, 07:06 PM
Nice, Thad be great!
02-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Wow, a bash with 'malibu and no critical damage, that IS fairly exceptional considering the dude snaps titanium suspension arms on a fairly regular basis. ;)
Question for you 69', have you driven an e-revo and if so, how would you say they compare?
The driving dynamic between my e-maxx and e-revo are drastically different with the e-revo being exceptionally smoother and easier to drive while also being more capable with the exception of battery options, of course.
Anyone taken the summit brushless yet? :D
02-07-2009, 08:44 PM
could you get pics of the maxx next to the summit? it looks so huge, i guess it is...looks like a bunch of fun
02-07-2009, 08:45 PM
the e-revo is more setup for a track while the summit is built to handle some seriously rough terrain. and yes it is a shock to se ethe truck not all busted up. considering the truck was getting some of the sickest air i have ever seen. but the bigger surprise was that the other 4 trucks used today all ended the day with little to no damage. will a killer shot. summit next to an emaxx 3905 and a revo 3.3 converted to electric.
02-07-2009, 08:58 PM
02-07-2009, 09:02 PM
Well, the summit is just a glorified e-revo with LTRs, LEDs, optional ratio tranny and locking diffs and taller wheels.
Does the summit also come with the optional steering stopper for a tighter turn radius, or no?
I guess comparing a raced out converted revo to the summit would not be the best comparison considering the settings are so different.
I guess what I am getting at is this: Would you consider trading your e-maxx for another e-revo of comparable upgrades?
Personally, I would just because I like the e-revo platform better.
Anyways, as you were.
02-07-2009, 09:02 PM
no way. i love my emaxx's.
02-07-2009, 09:03 PM
I can't believe you don't have the number 13 on it yet?.....!!!
02-07-2009, 09:08 PM
cant find my nubmers right now. plus i think the summit has enough decals............................................ ..
for now that is
02-08-2009, 08:19 AM
just remembered something about the truck. i tried to do a wheelie. was just curious about how it would do. the truck didnt do good at all. i set the truck on the back wheels and had a hard time doing anything without it flipping over backwards or onto its wheels.
02-08-2009, 09:06 AM
That stinks. It has big wheels and a heavy body.
02-08-2009, 09:09 AM
i am not surprised about that. not a big clincher as far as the truck goes. it out performs expectations in every other way.
02-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Is the red&black truck in the pictures an e-maxx?
02-08-2009, 10:02 AM
yeah. meet the truck known as beast. a very higly hopped up 3905 emaxx.
02-08-2009, 10:10 AM
How does the e-maxx compare to a t-maxx size wise?
I just saw a t-maxx yesterday so I'm trying to get a frame of reference.
02-08-2009, 10:15 AM
roughly the same size. after all the maxx series trucks share alot of basic suspension and drivetrain parts. the chassis and transmisison areas are the main difference.
02-08-2009, 11:43 AM
Summit question: What kind of springs are on the shocks?
02-08-2009, 11:44 AM
here is a bit of a teaser of the summit after todays bash:
video will be posted as soon as i can figure out how to get it to upload from the dvd from my video camera.
Thanks for the review and the pics. I can actually now say I really like the yellow!
02-08-2009, 12:27 PM
wait till i get the video up. all of you wil love it. cant figure out how to get the video off a mini dvd into a usable form for youtube. oh and yes the van the truck is sitting on is the smae one that busted the front axle a few days ago.
02-08-2009, 12:38 PM
wow, malibu you are a very lukcy man! ...i cant wait to get this thing its like a truck ive always been wanting:wub: lol and to tell you the truth, i had a really good dream about it last night lol:p and i was loving the lockable diffs^_^
02-08-2009, 03:12 PM
Hey Malibu, when you jumped the summit did the bottom hit the ground alot with the soft springs in it?
02-08-2009, 03:29 PM
02-09-2009, 02:03 AM
summit next to an emaxx 3905 and a revo 3.3 converted to electric.
Is Summit longer than 3.3 Revo ?
( Cant wait for my yellow summit to arrive :wub: )
02-09-2009, 12:21 PM
the summit is proving to be a very very very very tough truck. after 3 days of bashin the only broken part is a front bumper support. today i had some fun. used my 7 cell 4600 nimh packs. and man the truck outperformed my expectations. it had alot more pwoer tha ni was expecting. so id ecided to try the old go in reverse and then go ful lthrottle forward to try to wheelie. the truck never got into a wheelie. without moving forward it flipped over onto its lid. tried a few times and the truck did the same thing every single time. 2 other notable events happened. a man came up and started running trying to beat my summit. it blew him away. the man never had a chance against the summit. the only major notable event besides that was when i decided to do some bashing.......................in reverse. and the truck delivered better than expected. took a few jumps in reverse and the truck got some serious air while in reverse. in every way the truck is out performing every expectation i had of it. might be my new favorite truck now.
02-09-2009, 12:26 PM
i nevery way the truck is out performing every expectation i had of it. might be my new favorite truck now.
When mine is fixed I hope I have the same experience you have had 69Malibu.
Thanks for keeping us up on how well the truck performs.
02-09-2009, 12:32 PM
no problem. i really hope some think about buying the truck.
02-09-2009, 12:33 PM
I agree the truck has exceed my expectations in every way. i have never done any crawling before and I love it. I can't wit to get home and try the lipo's (8000 MA 2s)
02-09-2009, 01:04 PM
working on my first major amount of tear down work on the truck. the exo cage has been removed from the body. the cage comes of feasily and is very compact. the only pieces too big to fit and say a shoe box ar ethe side panels. all the supports are removable. the cage is held on by hex head hardware. the hardware obn mine was rusting so i decided to tear apart the cage to get rid of the rust before it gets to be a major problem.
02-09-2009, 02:41 PM
Is the video of the summit with the other cars online yet?
02-09-2009, 02:43 PM
i only have the video of yesterdays bash.
02-09-2009, 10:05 PM
I got my summit on Friday. A red one.
First impression is the truck is Huge, borderline 1/7 scale.
Very neat setup and qulality construction.
Performance is simply incredible! I have had a stock Emaxx(older 3906) and while that was a great truck, it cannot compare to the Summit's offroad capabilities. I also had a fully metal Supermaxx with a Neu 1521 that was clocked at 63 mph on a stock Emaxx 2 speed tranny and 1/8 scale diffs tranny and still the summit has greater offroad capabilties.
Offroad: The Summit can handle pretty much any typical offroad terrain in high gear and open diffs, however I found low gear and fully locked front/rear especially helpful on steep 50 degree slopes covered in slick ice and snow that I couldnt even walk up. It can climb staircases( the first truck I ever had that could) but the steps should be 6 inches each max.
Speed: In low gear, the Summit is slow, but is useful when manuevering around a cramped backyard for example. However, the first time I put it in high gear on paverment and gunned the throttle, I was Shocked at the acceleration and top speed of the Summit. I don't have actual speed results, but I would say it is very close to the stock Emaxx on 7 cells. Most people will be very surprised of its top speed, especially considering it's size/weight. For people thinking " I must have 40 mph!"
( I was one of them), you will realize that unless you run consistley on flat surfaces, you will really enjoy the Summit. Afterall, why buy this truck if that is all you are concerned with.
The Titan 775 definetly has more torque than 2 Titan 550's. Runtimes on old GP 3700 7 cells are ~ 20 min in constant high gear, ~35 in low gear mostly.
Motor temps ~ 75F, ESC ~80 ( Outdoor temp 50F)
Driving at night is a very fun. The lights are bright, and the front headlights are VERY bright ( the video didnt capture this fully.)
The Exocage body is quite durable and the truck body hasn't recieved any scratches yet. ( 10 runs, a couple of rollovers.)
Highspeed handling is very good, considering the center of gravity. I only rolled over once after doing a 180 turn at full speed.
Waterproof After driving in snow, upon taking the body off you will find the entire truck is encased in snow. Simply brush off the snow, turn the truck upside down and let the residual melt. The recent warmup had created a quagmire of mud. Locking diffs come in very hand here. Once the truck is encased in mud, a garden hose ( take off pressure nozzle for electric parts) does the job. Once dry, I sprayed Teflon dry lubricant( this stuff is great) on the moving parts( CVD joints, rocker joints, pushrod joints, bottomside of the chassis screws) to prevent any rust or corrosion.
Locking Diffs Locking diffs really are an asset in slippery snow and mud, and actually increase runtime beacause the wheels are not slipping constantly. DO Stop the truck before engaging the T lock mechanism. I run with locked diffs at high speed with no problem, as long as the surface is low traction, unlock them whne on pavement.
Cons The truck out of the box will sag once batteries are put in it. THis is fine until you go hit a rock, etc. I preloaded the springs ~10 turns and the truck has much better "ground clearance" now, At the slight expense of a bit less articulation. The suspension is still very plush and the Summit really soaks the bumps well. Also the tires are very soft, and after a hard climb on some sharp rocks, I did notice 2 tears on one of the tires. I CA glued them to the foam back together and all is well again. Stay off of very sharp materials.
OVERALL The Summit is an excellent truck, there is no other way to put it. It has the best offroad capabilities, good top speed, impressive size, great looks, lights, well planned design and good handling. This truck has put the FUN back in RC cars for me. :)
02-09-2009, 10:54 PM
great review, now you have me wanting one even worse. Do you have a vid?http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo317/MooseDrool513/2444-1.gif
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