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Redcat Racing - Cyclone XB10 - Blue

  • Model: CYCLONE XB10 - 9731
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Enjoy speed and control with this Redcat Cyclone off-road electric buggy. This hobby grade RC has rear-wheel drive with a fully adjustable suspension and oil-filled shocks to handle challenging terrain. This 1/10-scale Redcat Cyclone off-road electric buggy includes two 7.2V NiMH batteries and a 2A fast charger to keep the fun going.
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    • Redcat Racing Cyclone XB10

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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (305 out of 317)

    Features


    1:10-scale replica Cyclone XB10

    Provides an authentic driving experience.

    Remote-controlled design

    Makes it easy to control the vehicle from around the room.

    Runs on a nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery

    For simple battery power replenishment.

    Suitable for ages 14 and older

    So your child can have fun playing.


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    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 317 reviews

    96%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great RC car with everything you need to get going

      Posted
      Nate34
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      The Redcat Racing Cyclone XB10 buggy reminds me of my first Hobby grade RC car that started it all over 30 years ago. Ive been in and out of RC cars, trucks, and have had a few quad copters as well though the years. But my overall favorites have been cars and trucks. I got into hobby grade RC when I was about 12 when an adult friend gave me an old Tamiya Wild One buggy. Well this started the itch and I ended up getting my first new car which was a Kyosho Ultima 2WD. I have fond memories of that car, the mistakes I made, all I learned, and just how much fun it was tinkering as well as driving. Well here it is 30 years later and Im kind of back where I started. A simple 2wd buggy. A lot has changed and a lot is still the same. The main change that I appreciate the most if having an electronic speed control. Back in the day there was an antiquated system of a servo, heat sink, linkage, and a resistor that would control the voltage to the motor. And if any of these werent perfect the car would either have only low speed, or always full speed, or just wouldnt go at all. I spent about 70% of all my repair times on that stupid mechanical speed control. Now with electronic speed controls its just so much easier. Not to mention being lighter without needing the second servo. The Redcat Cyclone buggy is the PERFECT RC car to get someone into the hobby. It comes fully assembled, with 2 batteries for the car, a 2amp charger, and even the AA batteries for the remote control. When I got my first buggy I had to buy all of this separate and being new to the sport it was very intimidating. Not knowing what worked for what car, what brands were any good. And even worse not having a local hobby shop back then so everything was done by calling in for parts. With the Redcat Cyclone you have it all in one box ready to go. Just charge the batteries, pop in the 4 AA batteries into the radio and your off. Which is awesome especially on Christmas morning. Instead of spending all day assembling it and figuring it all out, you can be out on the street showing it off to your friends. And hopefully they are into RC already, or get into it so you can have your own RC club. Trust me its SO MUCH more fun with at least one other buddy. Now being this whole set up is under $200 dont expect a bunch of alloy parts, or everything tuned to perfection. This is is basically a beginner/ backyard basher. The suspension is stiff, the turning isnt very smooth. But for what you pay its an amazing deal. There are upgrades out there that might fit if you want to go that route. But like I said this is perfect for getting someone into the sport. It is just fast enough to have fun, but not so fast that you'll end up out of control. The included ESC (Electronic Speed Control) does allow for optional lipo batteries with the flip of a switch if you want more speed. But the included NIMH battery charger IS NOT designed to charge lipos. So you would also need a lipo charger in addition to the lipo batteries. The controller is very easy to use with an on/ off switch, steering reverse trim for the steering if left is right and vice versa, or if it wont track straight there an adjustment for that as well. As simple as it gets for radio controllers goes. The batteries are a little more difficult to get into the car than some other vehicles, but its not too bad. Just remove the blue body, a few clips, then insert the pack in the car. Plug it in (making sure the car is switched off at the time), then put all the clips back in. ALWAYS turn the radio on first, then the car, then turn the car off first, then the radio. The reason being is because it can pick up other signals if you have the car on with the radio off and you could have a runway car. I know this from experience, and the results arent cheap depending on what it hits, and how fast it was going. Once the battery is in, and both the car and radio are on pull slightly back on the trigger and make sure the car is tracking in a straight line when you have the steering control centered at Neutral. If it is turning slightly left or right that is what the radios steering trim is for. Just slightly turn that either left or right accordingly until it tracks straight. After that you pretty much ready to go. Take it slow at first in an area where you wont be bashing into people, curbs, etc. And practice until you get used to it. Depending on how you drive you should get about 15-20 minutes of drive time, which is standard. If you want more drive time you can either buy another 2000 mah pack, or upgrade to one of the higher MAH packs available. The manual is very nicely laid out with simple to understand instructions, and even has an exploded view of all the parts with their associated part numbers for the inevitable broken part here and there. Thats one thing you can be sure of in the RC sport... stuff WILL BREAK!. So hopefully you yourself, or a parent, friend, or local shop will be able to help you out there. I personally just self taught myself making a lot of mistakes along the way, and would now consider myself an intermediate RC mechanic. Just invest into a nice tool kit, a dremel tool if possible, some hobby blades and you should be on your way. And if you have any other questions, etc. their of a ton of forums out there to help you as you learn more about the hobby. Ive bought, seen, reviewed, and researched a lot of different RC cars and trucks and this is the one I would recommend to anyone that just wants to get into the hobby, or wants to bash around their backyard or neighborhood without having to spends hundreds of dollars on all the parts and things needed just to get started. It comes with it all. And since it has 2 batteries in the box you can be charging one while riding the other and swap them out with only a few minutes of wait time between each. If your looking to get into RC yourself, getting your kid into RC, or just want an extra car that you can bash around with the Redcat Cyclone buggy is the way to go. Get out there and play!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great to be a kid again!

      Posted
      TheTechNugget
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      Why do we always have to be so serious about everything? Nearly every time I visit the Target or Toys R Us toy aisles, I (for the most part) resist the urge to buy a new Nerf gun, or a small inexpensive drone. I resist because, as much as I love being a kid again, I know the generally overpriced slab of plastic is only going to make me happy for the 10 minutes immediately following opening it, which of course is in the car on the way home and no later. (Side note: this is why you only make those purchases when you’re with someone else, so they can drive and you can get that quick toy fix). Cell phones, tablets, routers, the latest wireless headphones…they’re all great, but they all have one big thing in common: practicality. Sure, the iPhone X is an expensive gadget, but it’s an expensive gadget that serves some useful purpose in your life. So too will a new whole-home wifi solution, so too will those nice Bose earbuds you picked up on the cheap (no, but seriously, Best Buy has some lovely Black Friday deals coming up). Practicality is the one thing that makes shelling out your hard-earned cash for another slab of plastic and metal ultimately justifiable, or at least partially justifiable. Where practicality starts to break down, or at least this is what we tell ourselves, is when the thing we want that serves some practical purpose replaces, in part, another thing that serves a practical purpose that does the job in an ever-so-slightly less pleasing way…like getting rid of your 2015 MacBook Pro and upgrading to the new 2017 MacBook Pro. Was it necessary? Certainly not. Was it awesome nonetheless? Of course! But fear not, this isn’t a review on anything so useful. Instead, this is about a $200 radio controlled car. All joking aside, hobbyists have been collecting, building, and modding RC vehicles for years…some of my favorites (that I heard about on Youtube that one time) are small gas-powered cars that do 40-60mph and are legitimately wrecked when they crash. That, like an RC plane, is something that I could never get into, for fear of losing so much money so quickly. If you’re like me, then the Redcat Cyclone XB10 might be worth a look to you. The car itself is a 1:10 scale vehicle, entirely electric, and is rated for speeds in excess of 20MPH. For those doing the math, the full-scale equivalent vehicle would be doing 200+ MPH…and the exhilaration of that speed is definitely something that translates down into the smaller scale. But before we get into performance, a few details about the setup: Unboxing this was very similar to unboxing any new RC toy (or any other toy you get for your kids, where the packaging is more for theft prevention than it is for anything else). The car comes fully assembled with one battery physically installed, although not actually connected to the car’s battery wires, and the controller comes with four AA batteries. Also included is a second NiMh battery that doubles your play time. The chassis of the car is largely plastic, but does have some impressive adjustable shocks (with springs) on the rear and front wheels. The car is 2-wheel rear driven, the rear wheels equipped with a fair amount of grip for a quick start on most terrain. Both batteries arrived mostly (if not completely) charged, and the plastic chassis is covered with a light plastic shell, held in place with small pins. The act of removing all pins and accessing the battery takes less than a minute. As far as actual performance is concerned, let’s just say this car is probably best used exclusively outdoors. It was raining when I opened it, so taking it outside wasn’t an option for me—but regardless of how long my kitchen is, I really didn’t get the full experience until I ran this on an open road. A parking lot or cul-de-sac would be a good place to get started. It. Is. Fast. Keep in mind, my experience with RC is limited to that of a child’s (remember when there was a wire between the controller and the car?). The controller has an onboard alignment adjustment to which the car’s front wheels are very responsive, and the steering control is reversible (if you’re one of those terrorists who happens to like inverted controls). The range on the 2.4GHz controller is farther than I remember RC controllers ever reaching, still fully controlling the car at 200-300 feet away. Honestly, I ran out of street and couldn’t push the limits much further than that in my own neighborhood…needless to say, range is not an issue for this guy. “Play time” averaged 10-15 minutes of constant running the battery, racing the car up and down a side street that had a fair amount of leaf-covered and clear surface. Also, thanks to its knobby rear tires, it was particularly good at getting itself unstuck in most cases. And, the all-plastic construction makes for a pretty durable ride, one that I was appreciating just as much as the sloped curbs in my neighborhood that make wonderful ramps. Every now and then it would land on it’s roof, but aside from a handful of scratches it stayed operational in spite of my not-so-skilled maneuvering. And, the buggy form factor made it impressively difficult to flip or roll. From a performance perspective, I have exactly zero complaints about this thing. It was fun, fast, and took me back to a time when I could just play around. My neighbors looked at me a bit funny, which just added to the fantastic experience. Yet, it’s a $200 toy, one that is entirely non-practical, and for that reason it would be a difficult thing to justify. But before you write it off—think for a moment about drones. The drone market has expanded rapidly over the last few years, and drones are getting easier and easier to operate and maintain—and simpler to maintain without a bunch of extra expense (like when I crashed my daughter’s drone she got at Christmas last year in the park behind our house and bent one of the motor pins, rendering it useless without repair). And, a decent entry-level drone from a reputable maker is going to be at least $400. So, in that sense, is something that stays on the ground but is still incredibly fun to operate, at half the cost, really that far out of the question? I’d say no. The price is $200 retail, but you’ll see deals on this at Best Buy come the holidays (it is a Best Buy exclusive product, at least for now). For that, you get a fully usable, ready to go out-of-the-box toy that gives you 30 minutes of “play time” in a single run, thanks to the spare included battery, plus a fast charger that will get you running again in about 90 minutes. The controls are easy, the car is durable and easy to maintain, and in spite of the instructions limiting use to those over the age of 14, my 6 and 8 year old kids both took this for a spin without any harm done. There are few products that I consider “5-Star” products, but this is definitely one of them. At the $200 price point, but likely less at most times throughout the year due to limited demand for this kind of product, it’s hard to go wrong if you’re looking to have some good old-fashioned childhood fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hobby grade RC fun, for a few minutes at least.

      Posted
      DavidJr
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      The Redcat Racing - Cyclone XB10 is an entry level hobby style R/C car. The parts list breaks down to the finest of screws. The body parts have pins like the higher grade hobby cars and the suspension is oil filled and tuneable. There is also an included sticker sheet to give it some of your own flair. This thing is zippy and capable off road, so long as the terrain is not too rough, as tall grass stopped it in its tracks due to the fairly low clearance underneath. I had a blast running it through puddles without being worried it was going to short out on me. The controller is basic, but includes trim controls and a reverse switch for the steering, in case you want to inverse the right/left of the wheel. It comes with two 2000mAh batteries, which it needs if you want to play for more than 10 minutes. At full charge, full throttle on an oval track, I would begin to notice power loss at about 6 minutes, at 8 minutes it is pretty much dead. There are larger batteries for separate purchase, however, the biggest issue I have with the Cylclone XB10 is the process to exchange the battery. Removal of four body pins to remove the main body and one more pin to remove the bracket that holds the battery in place. Each time I felt like I was going to damage the body cover and the fun diminished as I fumbled with all these little pins. However, the included charger would give a full charge in about an hour. I have a gas powered Red Cat RC car and this is a good electrical comparison to that. Unlike the gas powered version, I’m not worried about blowing out the motor, again, or having the right fuel mixture. This thing is plug and go with a professional feel. It has taken some full speed hits to a curb with minimal damage, which I feared the worse as I saw a part dangling, but it snapped back in and we were back in business. Worst case, we could get the part number from the manual and order it from the redcatracing website.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great RC Car, Battery life and charge ok

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      hokie00
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      I haven't played with a decent RC car since I was a kid. This car is a lot of fun! A lot of fun. Quick upsides, fast, easy controls, low base so no roll-over, easy setup out of box, 2 batteries included Quick negatives, car body removal difficult (to change battery), battery life short, charge a little long Out of the box it was pretty much set to go, you had to take the top body off to connect the battery already in the car. The top body is a flexible plastic cover held w/ cotter pins (I am afraid removing this over time may damage it and need replaced). The battery connection is simple. The remote sync is simple - turn on the remote, wait 3 seconds, turn on the car, done. The car goes pretty fast ( I did not clock it but would guess 10-15 mph). The steering controls are very responsive and it comes with a trim to adjust steering if it's a little off center. The remote is a trigger/wheel style, not the 2-joystick style. I like the wheel style better. The range is pretty good. I tested it on a parking lot and it ran 100+ feet with no signal loss. The forward was easy to control and steer, the reverse took some getting used to and steering in reverse is tricky when going fast. I ran both batteries out of the box and didn't know what type of charge they would already have. They both ran around 10 minutes or so. When the battery starts to go the steering pulls to the left and the power starts to drop. It it's 100+ feet away when this happens, turn it back around or start walking to pick it up. The 10 minutes is a little on the low side for what I would like but not unusual compared to cars I had in the past (I just hoped the batteries would have improved). I was running it back and forth mid-full speed most of the time though. They also offer replacement batteries that last longer. After my 1st test run I took them home to charge. Both batteries took around 90 minutes to charge full again. I took the car out for a fresh battery run and it went around 14 minutes - same running pretty full throttle most of the time. It was fun running over speed humps and getting some air and zig-zaging around the islands. It also seems pretty sturdy - as it ran into a couple curbs and survived fine (also the only time it flipped over). I did not run it in the grass or dirt. I would expect it to work fine just less traction and more cleanup after. Great car, a lot of fun, I think anyone age 8+ would enjoy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Super Fast, Super Fun

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      emberpatch
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      I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 10 year old daughter. She loves it! It comes ready to race, provided you have charged the batteries. It has one speed...fast. It is so fast that she has a little trouble controlling it, but practice will fix that. She did break the bumper off the first day by slamming it into everything and eventually a curb, but the rest of the car is just fine. It is a really heavy and durable car. A great thing about it is that it’s a hobby grade car and all the parts are replaceable on the Redcat website. The manual has a great diagram with all the part numbers listed. It comes with 2 batteries that charge in about 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, each battery only lasts about 15 minutes. This was expected so it doesn’t affect my review. You can change out the batteries to longer lasting ones if you choose to buy them. However, they cost more than I paid for the whole car at the local hobby shop. I do wish 2 things were different. It would be nice if there was some speed control. Either a button to flip to have the car run at half speed or for a pressure sensitive trigger. I also wish it were easier to take the battery out. You have to remove several clips and bend and twist the whole body shell to remove it and then remove more clips and a plate to take the battery out. This seems like a lot of stress on the shell, so I expect to need to replace it at some point. It is nice to have the clips though and not need a screw driver and at least the battery is secure and won’t go flying during a crash. Overall, this was a great purchase. In fact, before the first battery ran out, my dad decided he wanted one. I ended up buying a second car the day after Christmas. They work very well together with no interference with each other.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow!!!

      Posted
      Randy
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      Just got the Redcat Racing Cyclone XB10 today. Setup was easy, its basically ready to go out of the box but first I made sure the battery in the packaging was fully charged. The directions were not clear on how to install the battery in the vehicle, you have to remove the body skin first, and after I did I found that there were actually two batteries included, one of which was already installed in the vehicle. So I waited a bit longer and charged the pre-installed battery and took it outside for a spin. Holy cow, this car is fast!! If you are looking for an RC car for your kids to play around with inside your house, this is NOT the car for you. This vehicle wants to GO. It doesn't really have a "slow" speed, once you hit the throttle it takes off. The XB10 is a blast to drive. The controls are very responsive and the suspension on the vehicle is great for keeping it grounded on bumps and jumps. I crashed it quite a few times when getting used to driving it. More times than not after it cartwheeled or flipped over it would land upright on its wheels and was ready to keep going. Some crashes I wasn't so lucky, but it seemed to absorb the shock well and other than a few scratches it never missed a beat. I am not sure how far it would go until it would lose radio contact with the controller, but we have a long block in front of our home and I drove it as far as I could up our street until I could barely see it and it still maintained contact with the controller. I would guess we got about 30 minutes of driving on a single battery charge which is great in my opinion. Overall, this is a super fun RC car, super fast, and very durable. Definitely recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Super-Speedy, Super-Fun

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      NickAtWTF
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      This is a fun RC car and a great way to enter into the world of hobbyist RC cars. All of the parts (including the body cover) are removable, and Redcat Racing even has a website where you can buy additional bodies, shocks, gears, etc. There's plenty of customizability here. It's pre-assembled, but literally everything you need for hours of fun is in the box. The battery is NiMH (no memory - woo!) and there's a spare in the box, so you can charge two before you go drive and you'll get twice the driving time. The remote is a 2.4GHz radio - I didn't notice a way to swap channels or anything else on it, so... be cautious when operating around other cars, drones, etc... using that same bandwidth. On the radio are the standard controls you'd expect: steering knob that can be switched from normal to inverted steering, a steering trim knob, and your throttle (forward and reverse). The remote runs on 4 AA batteries. Everything from the speed to the responsiveness of the car to the turning radius is impressive, and with about 2 minutes of instruction and a little guidance, my 4-year-old was driving this competently. It's super easy to drive; forgiving, fast, and fun. He had it climbing over river rock, through grass, over curbs (when going full speed, the car WILL catch some air over a curb), luckily it also has shocks which dutifully keep the bottom of the car scrape-free. The throttle was responsive and make no mistake about it - the 20MPH on the box is pretty accurate. The steering was also responsive and not jittery. The range on the remote was pretty darn good (it seemed to cover the better part of our street, we haven't yet found the end of the range). The included turbocharger had the battery ready to go in just about an hour. We ran the car through its paces for a good 20-30 minutes and didn't notice a loss in speed or responsiveness. This is actually a realistic RC car I felt OK with my kiddo playing with. It's fast and light enough to be fun without being fast enough to be dangerous or destructive. If it breaks, the replacement parts on Redcat's website are both easy to find and reasonably priced, and many of the components look stock-swappable. This is a solid, entry-level RC car and Redcat has a slew of other models that look like just as much fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Serious machinery - not a toy for an 8 year old.

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      ferrari
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      I've been an RC fan for quite some years. The bulk of my purchases have been from Tamiya, a recognized producer of high end r/c products. I've also purchased a few lower end vehicles in the sub $100 range, and to a one, they've all been disappointments. I'd put the Cyclone right up there with a similar Tamiya product. First off, it's ready to run out of the box - just make the battery connection. Typical 2 clip style to change/charge the battery. The fact they include a spare battery in the package price is a definite plus and the Nickel Metal Hydrides are a better product than the typical NiCads. Having Lithiums instead would be an over the top addition, but I can understand the omission as the batteries alone would've been over $100. This thing is a rocket! Faster than a dog chasing a squirrel! That comes with a caveat though - I wouldn't recommend this for a sub-10 or 12 year old - at the claimed 20 mph speed, it can do some damage in the hands of the irresponsible. Especially since it carries some weight. The heft of it speaks to the quality build. The oil filled adjustable shocks, sealed electronics, and the better than average wheel/tire combo show this to be a serious machine. It's also good that replacement parts and upgrades are readily available. If you have a full service hobby store in the area, most likely in stock; if not, the company supplies mail order. One thing i didn't like - I saw a review that stated that the pinion gear was metal, but the spur gear it drives was plastic. I didn't take it apart to see, but the drive mechanism should be all metal. Luckily, a bronze spur gear is available for the unit; next time I go to the hobby shop that will be my first upgrade. I was skeptical at first, but have to say I was pretty surprised at the overall build & performance of the vehicle given the price point. I'll be on the lookout for more Redcat products in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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