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Old 12-03-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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Novak GTB vs. LRP Sphere TC-Spec

Ok, these are the most commonly used Brushless speed controllers used currently. Both are priced about the same and are similar dimensions and weight.

Which is better and why?
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Why does one have to be better than the other? They are 2 different manufacturers ...IE chevy vs ford
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Sphere . . .cuz thats what I run.

Thats about as good an answer as I expect you'll get.
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I've run both and I prefer the LRP TC Spec but so what. You'll be happy with either one. You might as well ask what color people like better, orange or blue?
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I've run them both quite a bit, and prefer the feel the LRP. It seems to have smoother power delivery and braking. I can't say it's made me any faster, but it does feel more comfortable. The flat side on the case also makes mounting it on its side (in a Type-R) a lot more reasonable, but that's a pretty specific need.

Now... Novak. I know orange and purple is their thing, but it's so damn ugly I can't stand to look at it anymore. Make an ESC with a black case and some carbon fiber stickers, and make it look fast. The colors are a travesty.

I think Novak makes the best motors, though. They too lack style, but the quality of their rotors is hard to beat.
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I bought the LRP TC Spec, loved the performance, but after 5 packs if developed a bad issue that made it completely useless. Bought a GTB to replace it, worked perfectly ever since. I personally think the LRP software was smoother and more punch then the Novak, but if it doesn't work it doesn't matter.
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2 ESC same had problem ,
but this moment LRP TC Spec is better !
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They are 2 different manufacturers ...IE chevy vs ford

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
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I've run them both quite a bit, and prefer the feel the LRP. It seems to have smoother power delivery and braking. I can't say it's made me any faster, but it does feel more comfortable. The flat side on the case also makes mounting it on its side (in a Type-R) a lot more reasonable, but that's a pretty specific need.

Now... Novak. I know orange and purple is their thing, but it's so damn ugly I can't stand to look at it anymore. Make an ESC with a black case and some carbon fiber stickers, and make it look fast. The colors are a travesty.

I think Novak makes the best motors, though. They too lack style, but the quality of their rotors is hard to beat.
yeah...I own both. I couldn't tell a great deal of difference between the two. It came down to what was easier to mount in my car...the LRP. Really they are very close...it comes down to personal preference. I don't mind the orange and purple ESC, but the rainbow bright harness is hideous
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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
Nope, they're huge because they have 3x the number of FETs. The ability to run brushed motors requires no additional hardware.

I'm curious to see if Novak's Mamba^H^H^H^H^H Mongoose system can run 13.5's even though it's designed for smaller motors.

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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
The smaller ESC's are coming, KO's due out next year will be much smaller then any current model out there.
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I'm curious to see if Novak's Mamba system can run 13.5's even though it's designed for smaller motors.
Mongoose, not Mamba.
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Can anybody give their experience on service for both the LRP and Novak ?
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Novak's customer support is second to none and you get FLAT RATE upfront repairs on none warranty repairs ,so you can figure out if is worth fixing before sending it in.

LRP says give us your Credit Card # and will will fix it for unknown $$$.

NTW I used to be all BLUE untill I got a taste of the Orange's
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Can anybody give their experience on service for both the LRP and Novak ?
Like Skruger said...Novak has great service and it's very reasonable as well.

Here's the non-warranty price sheet for speed controls:

http://www.teamnovak.com/cs/web_options/index_esc.html
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