Originally Posted by majicman
I have seen both cars run the 17.5 and neither have a "distinct" advantage over the other. Each has their own benifits/drawbacks.
Besides the LHS support if you plan to travel to races is to consider if the places you travel to/race at carry the line of parts your after.
It is unfortunate that the Type-R gets bad press for it's atypical design, especailly considering it has done well at some of the recent "big races" in classes that the larger base of racers run in.
I think that either car will serve you well.
I thought it got bad press for being hard to setup. The team magic e4 has a similar down the middle setup, and i think there was a yokomo back in the day that had a similar setup.
I personally like the losi
, although if you didn't have access to rc-tech or another local racer w/ experience w/ the car i can see how one can get overwhelmed. I was actually going to trade it for a corally, until a local racer helped me get it all nice and tuned, (and i got rid of the fragile first run arms)then i took the time to read through the losi type-r thread searching for setup tips, and i found a SWEEET setup sheet site (le petite rc i will repost w/ it when i get home) that i really started getting into this car. I am now near the top of the B main, w/ a motor/speed controller combo that has no brakes hahaha (well at least when i can keep it off the wall ... which is getting more frequently, i used to over drive the car allot more than i do now
Oh one benifit of the type-r NO STINKIN BATTERY TAPE
!!! I HATE
battery tape heheh. the slightly touched side
of me always comes out when i have to cut and use tape hahaah.
I think most current touring cars (except the xray) have the same issue though there are TONS of settings and changes that can be made and only xray has included a "cheat sheet" w/ their '08 that says if your car is doing X change setting Y to position Z.
I like the type-r better than the cyclone and i've driven both, they are both great cars, they can both perform at the same level and such but i have become used to the type r, and it has definitely rewarded my commitment to practice more and drive a better line etc, BUT i'm jaded hehehe i own 2 type-r's heheh.