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Old 12-03-2007, 02:07 PM   #16
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Novak's service is fast and predictable. Took 3 months to get something back from LRP. I run the Sphere Comp for 1 simple reason.....Auto Detect Brushed Motors!!!! Orange to the Positive, Yellow and Blue to the Negative, go drive. That is the single reason why i use the LRP over the Novak. If the XBR could run lower than an 8.5 Brushless I would try it.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:33 PM   #17
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I have the original spheres, and GTB. But as to your service question. I sent in a sphere a few months ago, and in 10 days, from the time I sent it in,they had a new one to my door, no questions asked. I have some novak stuff that needs to go back but havent sent it in. Im sure there wouldnt be a problem. From my understanding from the LRP dude on the phone was that if they have the replacements in stock (they are shipped from overseas) that you get them quickly. If its a small problemthey are fixed on site and sent back. My fets went bad, and thats why I got a new one. Thats what I was told anyways...so I cant say for sure. Hell it probably was the janitor I talked to on the phone
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go with Novak, if you're in the US.
customer service is tops.

I've gone thru 3 lrp speedos. sphere, sphere comp 07 and TC spec (just sent in after 3 battery packs).
All a pain in the a$$ to deal with customer service they didn't change any so far under warranty and waited way too long to even get a call back.
I sent the TC spec over two weeks ago and I have yet to get a call or email informing me of anything.
They only replace so many units per incoming shipments from manufacturer the rest of the lot goes to distributor.

Novak takes care of all of their customers.
Is it ugle? yeap, is it oversized? yeap...
is Novak quality? YEAP.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:43 PM   #19
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They both have the same amount of smoke built into them, and I managed to let it out, LOL. They are enroute to the respective manufacturers so I'll keep you posted. I do like the TC spec a little more for the same reasons as what the others posts have stated, size, wiring, felt a little smoother. I do think the Novak has better fail safe features though.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:17 PM   #20
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soooooo........how durable is the LRP TC? im thinkin of getting one to run a 3.5 motor/ 5 cell. i live in the Caribbean, is it worth me buying this esc then for me to send it to the US for repairs (if they would honor it) for however long to 'forever'ary?
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:09 PM   #21
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You got it!! buy an import! LOL hang on they are both imports buy both!

Im on the fence for brushless.... Im waiting for them to get smaller ESC......

Is the huge foot print of these units because they are multiperpose? Could they make a Brushless only ESC and make the smaller? I dont even recall ESC being this big back in the 80s and 90s

Can't wait for the Tekin myself... I like the idea of a smaller footprint also. If it's like anything else from Tekin that I have owned, it'll be worth the wait.

I do remember one of Novak speedo's from the past that were huge...

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:51 PM   #22
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I preffer novak stuff, but well, I'm a just a "little" biased.......
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:55 PM   #23
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Can't wait for the Tekin myself... I like the idea of a smaller footprint also. If it's like anything else from Tekin that I have owned, it'll be worth the wait.

I do remember one of Novak speedo's from the past that were huge...

I loved that old Novak speedo, the current limiter was awesome for slippery conditions.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:55 PM   #24
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i have to agree with most of the comments.

novak for service.

the lrp is smoother and "in my opinion" the "better" speedo. but if you blow it up, man what a pain.

by the way, I run an lrp sphere in my 1/12 and a tc in my sedan. I know a few guys have run both and the novak shuts off because of the motor temp, but the lrp has no motor temp and does not shut off due to high heat in the motor. as long as you are diligent in motor temp monitor you should be good. also the guys that have run both seam to get better lap time with the LRP. the were using the same roll out.
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The new tekin speedo will only run non-sensored motor right?
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I'll say it simply...
For US customers stay away from LRP sphere TC or sphere comp.

My view is baised also....i've been burned by LRP few times already...
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For those who know ....


The 2007 Lrp Competition is the very best of the best...

More reliable and Ae back`s it up with great service as well...

I know cus I race it 3 days a week , month after month....
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Been using Novak GTB few months now. No problem or whatsoever. Great ESC.
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Old 12-04-2007, 03:37 AM   #29
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Novak GTB vs. LRP Sphere TC-Spec

Which is better and why?

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Old 12-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #30
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I'm not a sponsored driver...I speak from a customer point of view.

a few on here appear to be partial sponsored drivers, those points of views are biased.

Stay away from LRP TC...comp... U.S. LRP customer service is the worst in the RC industry.

Still no return call or email from them....looks like I'm out of money again.
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