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Atomik Venom Gambler RTR Short Course Truck Brushed - Black

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  • VCD Precision Universal Drives
  • Pre-screened impact resistant Polycarbonate body with full color Gambler body graphics
  • Racing suspension with fully adjustable geometry
  • VR3S 3-Ch 2.4GHz radio featuring adjustable endpoints
  • 7-Cell 3000mAh NiMH Battery and AC Wall Charger Included
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Product Specifications

Scale1:10 Scale
Maximum Speed20
Fuel type Electric
Radio BandsVR3S 2.4GHz 3-Ch TX/RX
Motor Type550 12T Brushed Motor
Model Number8500
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?Yes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 14 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004UZD4XG
  • Item model number: 8500
  • Our recommended age: 14 - 15 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 - 15 years
  • Batteries 8 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,647 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Gambler was designed for the popular 2WD short course racing class modeled after the full-scale LOORRS (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series) racing trucks. Designed from the ground up, the Gambler represents the latest in race truck design plus a new feature unique to the Gambler the MORdrive system. Now you can adjust the center of gravity on the fly in the pits by changing the rear transmission position from mid-motor to rear motor. The MORdrive system allows you to fine tune the weight balance and tailor the Gambler to the track conditions to take the competition by surprise.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YnotMe on October 19, 2012
My son bought this truck less than 2 months ago. We loved the graphics. We liked that you could make the truck a rear or mid engine truck. The brushed motor it comes with is comparable to the traxxas 12t motor and the electronics are water resistant. 2.4ghz controller and 7 cell nimh battery. It's truly a ready to run truck. That's the good.

Atomik Venom advertises the Gambler as a ROAR legal racing truck, so we thought it would hold up on the track that was not the case.

Now for the bad, the rear axles are the weak link, we have broke 4 stub axles and are currently running the car with 2 axles that are bent. We have yet to have this truck finish a race at the local track. We have also had them break while running it in the yard.

Atomik/Venom knows our issue and gave us a couple VCD shafts but they just keep breaking and they aren't cheap, 20-30 each. It would be nice if they sold the stub shafts separately to save us money, but they don't. They recently told me "We have had very few issues with these, but it is something we have been trying to fix." I would suggest it must be more than a few or why would they look into a fix? So I asked if a fix would be soon and their reply was "Unfortunately I do not have a time frame of when or if these parts may be fixed or released." That's to bad, I really wanted to give this truck a chance.

We own a few other trucks from Traxxas, HPI, Kyosho and Team Associated. My sons are racing these truck once or twice a week, parts break on all of them, but not every time you run them. Not one of the other trucks have broke an axle in the past two months. And most of these truck have been run more than the Gambler.

At the moment I would not suggest buying this truck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad G. Dequevedo on August 20, 2013
I bought two of these at $120 each from my local hobby store. The ESC's smoked on both of them after a few runs. They definitely were not waterproof as advertised. Venom did send out the first set of replacements immediately and were very responsive to my emails. But then they told me the manufacturer they were using in China went under and they could not get any of their tooling back. I was suprised they told me that, but I appreciate their honesty. Sure enough the Gambler has pretty much disappeared from the scene and I am waiting for a second ESC that smoked and have been for about 4 months.

Now, I gave it 1 star so people would know that there are issues and it is discontinued but it is not all bad. I got sick of waiting for the replacement ESC to arrive. I bought an Onyx Duratrax 4550kV 4 pole Brushless system with an upgraded metal 22 tooth gear, some 5000 MAH 2S lipos, and replaced all camber, steering bars and the ball links with metal Traxxas ones that attach to the frame much better. The result is my son now drives it over some nice size ATV hills and even went off a small dirt cliff with nothing popping off or coming loose. He gets some good air on the hills and on pavement the tires spin if you give it too much throttle. That is why I went for torque over speed with the motor and with lower powered 2S batteries. Did I mention this is my son's truck?

As for my Gambler, I still run all stock. I will not drive it if there is even a slight dew on the grass. And by son can beat me in any race. But I am happy with it for now, but I will have to start replacing parts on it soon.

If you are planning on doing a brushless upgrade anyhow, the body and frame seem to take a good hit when just bashing around.
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