The brakes work well on teh std esc.
The faster you go the better the brakes.
You would get better performance and brakes from a higher spec esc and wouldnt have to spend $100.
Just look at the lowest motor limit for the $$ you prepared to spend and go for it.
The std esc will suffice though especially on dirt.
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