I kept going back and forth with this.. I currently have a 1/8 Summit, and a 1/16 Summit. The issues is this..
My large Summit I use for FPV projects, and it's basically a "Rover" now. Pretty cool, and fun stuff. But, I really don't bash with this at all. I drive it slow, and at long ranges.
Anyway.. so, then I bought the 1/16 Summit for my speed fix. But, I have been having some issues with it, breaking servos, and gears etc.. but, more that it flips over ALL the time.. and it gets annoying. I wanted to get another RC that was perhaps a little more "durable" and perhaps more "reliable" i.e. simple.. so I was attracted to the Stampede. Then, after watching a lot of reviews.. I see that its actually a really popular truck!
I did also consider the E-Revo Brushless. But, I bet anything that I will have less issues with the Stampede and my fun factor would be about the same, if not even more with the 4x4 Stampede VXL. I like to drive at my local park, and there is all kinds of terrain. Pavement, woods, rocks, dirt, trails, grass, etc.. so, I figure the E-Revo was more about racing.. lower to the ground, and much larger etc.. and I don't know.. I kinda like the size of the Stampede better. It makes it less of an ordeal to just grab and go race.
To be completely honest.. I am having a B L A S T with the new LaTrax Teton I got last week! unreal fun, and I think with a brushless setup.. I would sell my 1/16 Summit! My 18 month old son also love to watch me drive the Teton around the house.. and it does very well outside. The size is just incredible!
Anyway.. I am looking forward to the Pede.. and I am hoping to run it with 2S. I was looking at possibly a large 10,000mAh pack for longer run times. I see Traxxas sells one for it. So, thats cool.
Please, Please tell me there is no silly stuff I need to mod right away like taking apart the diff, and putting in shims like I need to do on the Summit 1/16? LOL. This is the kinda thing I was hoping to avoid with the Stampede... and another reason I picked it over the E-Revo (it seems like a more simple setup = less to go wrong).
PS - Any thoughts on where I can find one in stock? Tower, and Horizon are out!