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Old 03-25-2020, 08:02 AM   #21
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Did you all see the SCX10 III got a frame very much like the Ascender's?
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:35 AM   #22
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Did you all see the SCX10 III got a frame very much like the Ascender's?

I really like how the SCX10 iii was inspired by designs and lessons learned from both the SXX10 ii and the Ascender.



I'll definitely be interested in watching the iii move through it's life cycle, as various iterations make it to market. There has been some pretty strong hints at a straight axle version. I'm sure they have several tricks up their sleeves that they will be releasing in the coming months and years.
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The Ascender needs very little mods/aftermarket parts right out of the box it's a very capable crawler. Do a few free and cheap mods, and it's crawling much better than most other trucks (even after lots of extra money and aftermarket parts), in addition it's design is very interlocking and therefore frame flex is almost nil. The axles pumpkins are nice and small scale which also increases ground clearance, the plastics are all Losi high grade, no noodles here.


IMO it is over-looked because the initial release pinion gears sometimes broke and the smaller diameter driveshafts sometimes twisted off, both of which were very quickly fixed by Horizon with release of upgraded pinion gears and beefier drive shafts. I've never broken either of the upgraded parts and am not easy on my Ascenders and let many people drive them on 3S with 540 and 550 motors. The aftermarket companies don't love them because their's very little if any upgraded parts that are needed. However, I love customizing and modifying all my RCs as most of us here do. I've been to many competitions where the photographers were all over until they realized our trucks were Ascenders and then they very quickly walked away of were careful to photo the trucks all around us, but keep us out of the pictures. Makes no sense to me, but I've experienced it numerous times, although not as much these days fortunately.
Great post Nate

There is no doubt the quality of the plastics on the Ascender were always top shelf. I assume they still are? The wheelbase adjustable frame was so ahead of its time it’s been stolen by Axial for the new SCXiii. The stock shocks were and still are excellent, even by today’s standards. I have never had leaking issues with them. As Nate mentioned, the small pumpkins on the hard plastic axle housings provide excellent clearance and have have such a clean look. Harder plastic slides better over rocks. The plastics are strikingly similar to those SSD uses on their Pro44 housings which are also sweet, so sweet.

I have always been of the understanding that Axial holds a vaunted position in crawler history. A lot of guys are, to use a popular RCC expression, ‘Fanboys’ as a result. There’s is something to be said for that. A good example might be the story Nate just shared about the photographer

I think there is something to be said for innovation and taking chances. Axial has produced many rigs over the years that have brought me much joy(Exo-Terra, Wraith, Bomber come to mind) Sadly they have all required a great deal of after market support. Neither my Twin Hammers nor my Ascenders have required much for repair. Focus has been more on tuning and scaling. There is also something to be said for this.

I have plenty of love for my Ascenders, all three. Winter had me giggling over my new Traxxed-up X4’s, but I am pretty excited to get the Ascenders back out on the trail this spring. I miss seeing that most endearing torque twist...
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Great post Nate

I am pretty excited to get the Ascenders back out on the trail this spring. I miss seeing that most endearing torque twist...

Haha, gotta love that lean!




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Haha, gotta love that lean!




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...like seeing the cup as half full.

K10’s looking good
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:50 PM   #26
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I think I'm going to have to crack open my NIB Ascender kit and see if it has the holes pre-poked or not. I just ordered a 10.3 yesterday and would LOVE to put the Ascender shell on it. I still have love for the Ascender!!

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Just spent a couple hours with my two kids...here’s what we ran...

TRX-4 Bronco-my 12 year old son
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Ascender (originally Bronco but stretched to 287mm)-10 year old daughter

EVERY SINGLE THING that could be done, she did with the Ascender with ease. It turns like a pig, makes squeaky sounds when it drives, has the lean...but climbs like a goat and goes exactly where you ask it to go.

It did so well, my son finally looked at me and said “this is crap, she has the better truck”...idk, seems the ascender does fairly well considering it was by FAT the cheapest rig out of the box.
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Just spent a couple hours with my two kids...here’s what we ran...

TRX-4 Bronco-my 12 year old son
Marlin Crawler-me
Ascender (originally Bronco but stretched to 287mm)-10 year old daughter

It did so well, my son finally looked at me and said “this is crap, she has the better truck”...idk, seems the ascender does fairly well considering it was by FAT the cheapest rig out of the box.
Haha! Funny kid and he knows what he's talking about...
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