R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Nitro Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-30-2008, 05:06 AM   #1
Tech Master
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,582
Default Caster Racing ZX-1R Factory review

Here's the review -> http://www.myrcbox.com/review_caster_zx1r.htm
__________________
#WeAreAE The Forum - RCTen.com
My R/C Blog - MyRCBox.com
Sylvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
Tech Master
 
vnmsgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,200
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default

Great review. Everyone that has gotten one has been happy with it. Now with the big bore 16mm shocks it will be even better!
__________________
Check out www.holeshothobbies.com
Now offering support for: Agama, Caster, Serpent, Mugen, HotBodies,VP PRO, Answer-RC and much more.
vnmsgt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
Tech Elite
 
hakmazter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,469
Default

Sylvain,

Thank you for that review. I personally think it was 100% accurate. I wish that the US would have been informed of it though...but not a problem.

I have some questions for you and some comments for you and anyone else that reads this thread.

1.) We have been discussing at length about captured hinge pins. We intend on providing them for the U.S. market.

2.) Clutch shoes. We have a 7075 based optional shoe kit and a teflon based kit available as accessories. We will look into maybe switching over for the factory pro kit in the future.

3.) I agree with you on the wing and body, but for the racer, these are almost disposable anyways. You did mention your concern, and I agree, but nothing did break, and that is a good thing. The product is more forgiving and durable than it would appear.

4.) Your review shows the vast improvements we have made over the past 6 months and we do listen to everyone's input. It only makes our products better for the end consumer, and that is our ultimate goal.

Now for the questions.

What does it take to get 5 stars? You commented (in my opinion) very positively on the handling and it got 4 stars. Have you given 5 stars before? I am not familiar with your rating system and I know that some people say "It is virtually impossible to get a 5 or a 10 because it is absolute perfection"

Can you send a better picture of the ackerman plate? There are 2 available and I just want to make sure you were using the one we decided on. I cannot tell from your pictures. Caster has a reputation for handling and I would like for you to test it with the other one IF you do in fact have the other one. Based on your reviews, it is probably irrelevant and I will take what you said, but I want customers to know what they are getting.

Other than that, I think it is spot on for a review and I appreciate your honesty. I couldn't have reviewed it better as you did see the good and the not so good as I see it today. Caster is serious about becoming a big player in the market now and we are improving daily. We also are innovative and are coming out with the Fusion line of electric 1/8 scale buggies and truggies in August and have a couple of project-x items on the drawing board.

Mike Mazza
Caster Racing USA

Last edited by hakmazter; 07-30-2008 at 08:24 AM. Reason: spelling error...
hakmazter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 08:35 AM   #4
Tech Elite
 
glassdoctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,250
Trader Rating: 4 (100%+)
Default

The ackerman plate on the reviewed car is not the same as the ones that will be in the US cars. The "US" plate we feel gives more overall steering.

Very interesting review, thanks!

Mike... easy on the stars. LOL I don't need a 5th star to see it's good!!!

The wing mounts have proven very durable. In the past, the wings have been brittle in cold conditions, but we are told that the plastics have been changed so the jury is out. I haven't broken one in a handful of races this summer. Never broke a wing stay.
glassdoctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 08:58 AM   #5
Tech Master
 
vnmsgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,200
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default

My factory wing never broke either or wing stay. The ackerman plate he has on the review buggy is not the one we have here now. I put that plate on my truggy and it made a big difference. Ordered another for my buggy, supposedly makes a huge difference on an already great turning buggy.
__________________
Check out www.holeshothobbies.com
Now offering support for: Agama, Caster, Serpent, Mugen, HotBodies,VP PRO, Answer-RC and much more.
vnmsgt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 10:15 AM   #6
Tech Master
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,582
Default

Thanks for the good words guys, this is really appreciated. Since I use to speak French, writing an English review is double work for me ! LOL

I was surprised by how the guys at Caster Racing has an opened mind compared to others big manufacturers and they listen to what buyers ask. This worths a 5 stars !

Concerning the stars rating. I rarely give 5 stars, nothing is perfect in this world ! But the buggy was nearly perfect. I tried to explain in the text the more I can so readers can judge with the text and not with the stars.

I'm more a truggy guy than a buggy guy, I wished Caster has sent me a truggy but I'm sure the truggy is as good as the buggy.

To resume, Caster Racing impressed me ! I'm racing and bashing another brand for many years and let me tell you that I'm thinking to do the switch to Caster.
__________________
#WeAreAE The Forum - RCTen.com
My R/C Blog - MyRCBox.com
Sylvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 01:55 PM   #7
Tech Elite
 
hakmazter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,469
Default

Exactly as I thought on the stars... I just wanted it clarified because I have seen it both ways. I guess when it is your baby, you want everything to be perfect.....lol. That is how I read it and I remember when I got reviewed on job performance in a job years back and the company said that God would get 5 stars, but no one else would. I asked them why have 5 stars then.....lol.

I still would like some pics just so I can send you the plate if it is different. You don't have to review it, but I would like your feedback. Here is why, it is apparent that you know what you are talking about and I am curious to see how it would affect your opinion and the product over there. We have completely different track conditions over here and that probably leads to a different driving style. I am curious to see how it fares on the international market. We have distributors in the UK, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc... and it is hard to get feedback from them sometimes. I just want to make sure that we provide the right product for the right market worldwide... This is bigger than just the U.S. (RC industry) and a customer in Africa is just as important to me as the guy at my local hobby store.

Mike Mazza
Caster Racing USA
hakmazter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 02:49 PM   #8
Tech Master
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,582
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hakmazter View Post
Exactly as I thought on the stars... I just wanted it clarified because I have seen it both ways. I guess when it is your baby, you want everything to be perfect.....lol. That is how I read it and I remember when I got reviewed on job performance in a job years back and the company said that God would get 5 stars, but no one else would. I asked them why have 5 stars then.....lol.

I still would like some pics just so I can send you the plate if it is different. You don't have to review it, but I would like your feedback. Here is why, it is apparent that you know what you are talking about and I am curious to see how it would affect your opinion and the product over there. We have completely different track conditions over here and that probably leads to a different driving style. I am curious to see how it fares on the international market. We have distributors in the UK, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc... and it is hard to get feedback from them sometimes. I just want to make sure that we provide the right product for the right market worldwide... This is bigger than just the U.S. (RC industry) and a customer in Africa is just as important to me as the guy at my local hobby store.

Mike Mazza
Caster Racing USA
Are you Mikey ???

I'll post a bigger pics of the steering rack, I should have one somewhere...

Thanks
__________________
#WeAreAE The Forum - RCTen.com
My R/C Blog - MyRCBox.com
Sylvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 07:24 PM   #9
Tech Master
 
skeller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Odenville, Alabama
Posts: 1,272
Trader Rating: 11 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to skeller Send a message via MSN to skeller Send a message via Yahoo to skeller
Default

I've got 2 gallons of drive time on my Caster and I have been impressed so far.....and I honestly don't see that changing. It's absolutely NOT a junk buggy with sub standard parts and quality.
skeller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2008, 10:55 PM   #10
Tech Elite
 
hakmazter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,469
Default

No I am not Mikey... I would have posted much differently if I was Mikey....lol. I am Mike Mazza. I am in the United States and I am one of the owners of Caster Racing USA. We got together about a year ago with Mikey and we have helped him improve the name and the product known as Caster Racing. We are very excited to see what the future brings as we have been very conservative this first year testing parts, racing, etc... And of course, when we get bored, we design things like the Fusion line and a few other items that are in the design phase still. And of course, Caster is over there doing the same thing working as a team with us.

Caster Racing USA is basically the main window into the world of Caster Racing. We try every day to make Caster Racing products better and we try to make the best products for the customer and we do it at a fair price. We have a great group of team drivers that have also helped improve the products by letting us know problems and solutions. I would personally like to thank them for their support. Most of them are really good racers and they are getting better. I can't wait for the day when one of them becomes the next big name driver. That means a lot more to me than just buying a name and trading them off to another manufacturer after a year or so... We will only get better as time goes on.

I personally was in the electronics business (Alpine, Kenwood, Harmon Kardon, LG, Mitsubishi, Pioneer, Rockford Fosgate, etc....) and I have dealt with those manufacturers for years. I can honestly say I have never dealt with anyone like Mikey and Caster Racing. It is hard to work with someone from another country, etc...but like I said, he is a class act, he is honest, he is genuine, and he listens to what we want, which is what our customers want. I want to publicly thank Mikey for his hard work and dedication to us and our goals over here and I hope he has learned from us as much as we have learned from him.

I feel your review proves what I am saying and I know that over the next year, we will have several new products and our current ones will be made better. The great thing is that we plan on sticking with the current designs for quite some time. We do not like the idea of changing every 6 months or every year just for hype. I feel that is a disservice to our customers. However, if we think new kits should come with captured hingepins or a new ackerman plate to meet customer demands or benefit a customer, we will change them and try to let previous customers know about it.

Mike Mazza
Caster Racing USA
hakmazter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 09:53 AM   #11
Tech Master
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,582
Default

Here's my steering rack

__________________
#WeAreAE The Forum - RCTen.com
My R/C Blog - MyRCBox.com
Sylvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 09:58 AM   #12
Tech Master
 
skeller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Odenville, Alabama
Posts: 1,272
Trader Rating: 11 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to skeller Send a message via MSN to skeller Send a message via Yahoo to skeller
Default

That's the old ackerman plate....the new one gives much better steering all around.
skeller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 10:06 AM   #13
Tech Master
 
vnmsgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,200
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default

Cannot wait to get mine in! Anybody notice his buggy had captured ball ends on the steering linkages??? Hak we need those on the US ones!
__________________
Check out www.holeshothobbies.com
Now offering support for: Agama, Caster, Serpent, Mugen, HotBodies,VP PRO, Answer-RC and much more.
vnmsgt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 12:59 PM   #14
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 2,446
Trader Rating: 13 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to David Alberico Send a message via Yahoo to David Alberico
Default

if nothing else move the forward hole on that plate.
__________________
Castle Creations, J-Concepts, WMD Products, Clints Creations
David Alberico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 02:47 PM   #15
Tech Elite
 
hakmazter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,469
Default

No no no no no..... He needs to get the right plate. I just want to know his opinion of the new plate. His driving style might be different, etc...and I KNOW the tracks are different. He appears to love it and the scores won't improve anyways. I just want to know his personal opinion from an international standpoint.

It won't have any effect on the US market no matter what he says, I am just trying to help Mikey as a personal mission.....

We only have zigzag to go off from over in France and he runs truggy.....that is not enough in my opinion.

Mike Mazza
hakmazter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Caster ZX-1R Factory Pro Buggy Mindcrime R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 12 09-15-2008 02:52 PM
Caster Racing ZX1-R and ZX-1 vnmsgt R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 3 07-01-2008 08:42 PM
Caster Racing ZX-1R caster88 Singapore R/C Racers 7 02-04-2008 02:59 AM
NEW caster zx1 factory team with servos roscoe71 R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 2 12-03-2007 04:44 PM
Complete review of the X-6, the first 2wd from X-Factory moumerico Electric Off-Road 8 06-27-2007 03:11 AM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 07:10 AM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net