The springs are very soft, and a reliable "three link" suspension design is used to keep everything on the truck lined up properly no matter how much the terrain makes it twist. Twin motors are used to give the truck true four-wheel drive. On flat ground, the Maisto Rock Crawler is pretty slow, but that's actually a good thing. When you get to really rough terrain, you need to attack obstacles carefully and deliberately, and you also want the truck to be geared low enough to have the torque to power over tall rocks and dirt clods. There's a very simple reason for the name crawler. When going over a really rough surface, the Maisto Rock Crawler does an excellent job of scaling obstacles and maintaining traction. Even when you get stuck, it's almost always possible to get unstuck without having to physically move the truck by hand. It has no digital proportional control, so to really go slowly you have to "blip" the throttle to keep it from going speed. Steering is also an all-or-nothing affair, so sometimes to make just a small course correction you need to steer, blip the throttle, let go of steering and go straight briefly, and repeat the process. This RC requires 6 AA batteries for the controller, and 2 AAA batteries for the controller. Overall, for $30, this crawler has outstanding quality and performance. Very satisfied with this RC crawler. Final rating: A++
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