I was browsing through the classifieds on an RC forum, and I noticed a great deal - a hardly used Duratrax Evader ST roller with ESC for just $35 shipped! I contacted the seller immediately, and by the end of the day I had become $35 poorer, but had a Duratrax Evader on the way! In about a week, a big box arrived at my door. I opened it, and of course, the Evader was sitting there! The first thing I noticed was the lexan body. The paint scheme or the shape of the body wasn't very appealing to me, but its job was to protect the truck, and it seemed to do so adequately. Next, I looked at the tires and wheels. The wheels were standard dish wheels, nothing much to say about them. The tires were glued on to the wheels securely, and had plenty of tread left. The front tires are soft ribbed tires, and the rears are soft pin-spike tires. After looking at all of those things, I unclipped the four body clips holding the body on, and took a look inside.
Inside was just your standard 1/10 2wd electric truck chassis. As noticed in the description the seller provided, the Novak XRS ESC was mounted in the truck, along with a Futaba S3003 standard servo for steering, and a Duratrax Piranha 1500mah battery. The features of this truck are very nice for the price - even new at $160, the Evader is loaded with worthwhile options. Aluminum, oil filled and threaded shocks are on all four corners. The rear drive axles are steel CVDs, and everything rides on ball bearings. An adjustable ball diff is standard, along with a well-built slipper clutch.
Next, I decided to get it running. I would need to supply my own radio system, and motor to get this truck running. I dropped in a 550 drill motor and a radio from my RC18T. I went outside to my driveway, and let it rip. Well, my power system wasn't all that great, so it wasn't very exciting. However, the Evader had excellent handling. It could turn on a dime, and was very controllable. The drill motor had plenty of torque, and was easy on the 1500mah battery. It has been over 6 months since I bought it, and only recently I sold it. Over the time that I had it, not a single part broke! I wasn't doing anything extreme, but its good to know the Evader is fairly durable. Duratrax has also released their newest version of the Evader, the Evader EXT. This tuned-down version should be just as durable, but only costs $120 ready to run, which is an awesome deal. Overall, I think the Duratrax Evader is an excellent 1/10 scale truck for anyone.