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Old 03-30-2013, 08:13 PM
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Default Mini E-revo vs. Savage XS Flux

Hey guys, I came to ask, which is best for me to get? A mini e-revo or a savage xs flux? I will be mostly be bashing arond with jumps, going in the dirt, and going on grass. OF course, I am also going to want to do standing backflips on concrete. So, which do you guys think is best to get?

One other thing, I am also focused on how long is their run time and their time to charge. How long does the mini e-revo and the savage xs flux take? I want to also say that if they take long and I need to get a faster charger, what is a cheap fast charger? I don't currently own a fast charger and I've seen some pretty expensive ones. Also, I'm not too interested in getting a lipo battery pack just after getting the truck.

I want to say that I have seen other threads abot this but still haven't come to a conclusion of which to get. I'm mostly leaning on the savage xs flux but I mostly like the design of the merv more. I have even found an EZ-peak charger if I were to get the merv. And one last thing, how big is he savage xs flux? If it is more like a 1/10 scale, I'm less likely to get it.

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:51 PM
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Default RE: Mini E-revo vs. Savage XS Flux

I've had both vehicles, and overall I'd say go for the Revo. I'm a huge HPI fan and I rarely find myself recommending a Traxxas instead, but in my experience the Mini Revo was just more fun to drive. I had a blast with it. The Revo design overall has always been a winner, a monster truck with big tires and enough ground clearance, while maintaining a lower CG than most. It's capable of some incredible moves. I'm not even normally a fan of minis, I prefer 1/5 scale gas cars, but the Mini Revo was a ridiculously fun car to drive around.

You can't go wrong with either, they're both the two best mini monster trucks in my opinion. The Savage is built more solidly and can probably take more beating without breaking parts, but I never broke anything on my Mini Revo either. One thing that's cool about the Revo is that it performs really well on-road for a monster truck. I took mine to a skate park once, and it was as cool as you can imagine. Taller monster trucks are tougher to make perform in on-road moves.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:05 AM
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Default RE: Mini E-revo vs. Savage XS Flux

I'd have to recommend the savage flux,

I have the xss kit version, castle 3800kv motor, hobbywing 80a wp esc,

The stock wheels and tires let the truck down badly, not enough offset on the rims and the tires hook up on nothing,

I changed these out for a set of thunder tiger ssk wheels and tires, these have a lot of offset making the truck very stable and the tires are brilliant on any surface,

Almost gave up on the savage but since changing the rims and tires its like driving a complete different truck,

The revo uses smaller size lipo packs and motors, where the savage uses regular 1/10 components,

Leaving you more selection on wheels, tires and electrics and batteries.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:55 AM
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Default RE: Mini E-revo vs. Savage XS Flux

I'd say the Mini E Revo. The XS is cheaply made and the part prices are really high.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:58 AM
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What are you talking about, the savage is much stronger than the revo,

Parts are a plenty and are extremely cheap on the eBay chop shops.
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I'd say the Mini E Revo. The XS is cheaply made and the part prices are really high.

Why do you think the Savage XS is cheaply made?

My son and I have owned both and I will have to say the XS is a much better built truck that can go more places than the Mini Revo..... And the XS can take a pounding.. the major downfall with the Mini Revo is that you can't use 1/10 electronics without major modifications.
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I've saw a good few of his posts giving false info,

People should not shoot down things based on hear say.
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I was checking online but I've seen that the Savage XS Flux doesn't include a lipo battery or charger. Doesn't this mean it would cost even more than the Merv considering that a lipo battery at 7.4v 5000mah is around $40-$50 and a quick charger for it at being around $50-$100?
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
Oops, let me rephrase what I meant to say. I meant to say that the Savage XS Flux does not include a batter or charger. I'm not interested in lipo's anyways.
I tend to want to get a lipo battery and charger within 1-2 months.

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Default RE: Mini E-revo vs. Savage XS Flux

Never owned a Merv, but I have a XS and its a fun RC... You must change the stock tires as they are no good with that much power...
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
Oops, let me rephrase what I meant to say. I meant to say that the Savage XS Flux does not include a batter or charger. I'm not interested in lipo's anyways.
I tend to want to get a lipo battery and charger within 1-2 months.

This forum is getting worse.
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
Oops, let me rephrase what I meant to say. I meant to say that the Savage XS Flux does not include a batter or charger. I'm not interested in lipo's anyways.
I tend to want to get a lipo battery and charger within 1-2 months.

This forum is getting worse.

I agree with you sparky25.....................

Can a MERV do this.......

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEW8M5Cpi3M[/youtube]
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Keep it clean guys, try not to argue.
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
Oops, let me rephrase what I meant to say. I meant to say that the Savage XS Flux does not include a batter or charger. I'm not interested in lipo's anyways.
I tend to want to get a lipo battery and charger within 1-2 months.

This forum is getting worse.

I agree with you sparky25.....................

Can a MERV do this.......

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEW8M5Cpi3M[/youtube]
Yeh, they can actually, straight out of the box.

There's no point arguing which is better between these two cars, they aren't even comparable. One is a true mini, the mini revo, it takes a 380 motor, mini size batteries, mini servo. The other is a 1/12th which takes full size electrics, 540 motor, full size servo, full size battery, it's twice the weight of the mini revo and twice as powerful.

The Savage Flux XS has the problem that the stock electrics are under spec but the car is tough. The mini revo has the opposite situation, the stock electrics are overkill, but the stock car has some terrible weaknesses and needs significant upgrades. In terms of economy, this puts them about the same (one needs lots of chassis upgrades, the other needs electrics upgrades).

They are totally different to drive. The mini revo is like a little mini truggy, it has thin arms, lightweight suspension parts, handles really well, but isn't terribly strong in stock form, plus it has plastic driveshafts, plastic ball-ends, over flexible push rods, un-adjustable tie rods, the list goes on. The little savage is a tank by comparison, handling=zero, but that's not what it was made for, it was made to do crazy tricks in small spaces.

For me, as a mini revo owner, the Savage is the much better deal for the money out of the box, HOWEVER, the Mini Revo has the potential to surpass it in terms of fun, it is much more driveable, but you need to be more careful.
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Easy way to solve this would be to own both... [&:]
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The mini revo does not include a lipo or charger either.
Oops, let me rephrase what I meant to say. I meant to say that the Savage XS Flux does not include a batter or charger. I'm not interested in lipo's anyways.
I tend to want to get a lipo battery and charger within 1-2 months.

Both the battery and the charger supplied with the mini-revo are totally tragic. Why would you not go lipo (especially for the mini revo, as lipos are dirt cheap, I picked up the 2200mAh ziiipy packs I use for 7 bucks each and I get nearly an hour runtime). You can also pick up a decent lipo charger for 40 bucks.

If you are not going to bother with lipo, don't bother with brushless. Nimh batteries (particaulrly the small ones like those supplied with the mini revo) cannot supply the current needed by high powered brushless motors.

Why are you not interested in lipo?
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Owning the Flux XS, I can say that it was by no means meant to be a nimble racer, but a basher with serious power. Having compatability with 1/10 scale electronics is nice. I'm pretty sure they took care of the electrics issue in the XS as well. In the 2 years that I have owned it, I have only broken a drive cup and a rear upright. Definitely a solid truck. And it is just smaller than a 1/10 scale truck, so that is kinda nice. The mini revo seems liek anice truck, btu as Foxy mentioned, and I have heard this several times, it needs a lot of upgrades to make it worthy.
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Owning the Flux XS, I can say that it was by no means meant to be a nimble racer, but a basher with serious power. Having compatability with 1/10 scale electronics is nice. I'm pretty sure they took care of the electrics issue in the XS as well. In the 2 years that I have owned it, I have only broken a drive cup and a rear upright. Definitely a solid truck. And it is just smaller than a 1/10 scale truck, so that is kinda nice. The mini revo seems liek anice truck, btu as Foxy mentioned, and I have heard this several times, it needs a lot of upgrades to make it worthy.
it also needs less power...
but yea the merv also has an issue with its extremely thin chassis traxxas should have doubled the thickness of it in spots to make it stronger, and honestly I doubt doubling its thickness would have had any real impact on the RC itself. But if you plan on jumping it you almost need $30-60 in braces or it will snap. That isn't counting the parts that should be swapped out to make it handle decent.



I know what foxy is talking about with the electronics the 1st 2-3 months they were out HPI had a lot of issues with the electronics. I remember I want to say 80% of the people on the boards that got the XS fried the stock ESC in the 1st 2 weeks it was out.

Now if wanting to stay on NiMh batteries the brushed merv would be ok. It handles way better on brushed than BL IMO
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I was one that had the stock esc burn up the first time i ran it, HPI sent a replacement and I have been running 3s ever since with no problems knock on wood.
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