This thing is a blast out of the box. Axial almost created a genre when they put this thing on the market. It has an amazing injection molded roll cage. Scale AR60 axles, removable body panels, full scale interior, the possibilities for customization are endless. From the minute you put a charged battery in the thing you’re going to be having fun. The Castle Creations based Brushed ESC is reliable and splash proof if you want to run through some puddles. It includes a 19 turn closed endbell burshed motor that has a good mix of speed and crawling. That brings me to the best part about this thing. The wraith is as much basher as it is crawler. It’s oil filled coilover spring shocks can handle punishing landings and come back for more. And it looks twice as good as any Traxxas doing it.
If the Wraith has any flaws it’s with it’s links. While they will hold up for a good long while if you put it into a bind crawling they will buckle. Also the steering linkage is a cause for complaint from some because of it’s flexibility. But this also saves your servo from almost certain destruction. The Wraiths big 2.2 Ripsaws put enormous strain on the steering servo during hard landings. The other major complaint with this model are the steering knuckles. The hardware used to hold the knuckles to the hubs like to loosen up rather quickly. Right out of the box I’d put a dab of CA glue on each of them to hold them in place. You can thank me later about this. My last little complaint about the RTR wraith are with the shocks, or more specifically with it’s o-rings. The seem to seep a lot of oil in stock configuration. This is a common first upgrade. I recommend the Proline Power Stroke rears for a short coarse truck.
So minor complaints aside I still highly recommend this kit. It’s a blast to drive right out of the box, and with ample aftermarket support upgrade paths are only limited by your imagination. So snatch one up and see what all the fuss is about.