Traxxas Slash vs Stampede

Traxxas is one of the best RC brands. Although there are cheaper options on the market, Traxxas’s RC vehicles are still preferred due to the quality. In the following article, we will discuss about Traxxas Slash vs Stampede. For quite a long time, Traxxas Stampede has become the choice for off-roading. The high ground clearance and aggressive tires ensure uncompromising performance on nearly any terrain. However, the introduction of Traxxas Slash has shifted the market share a little bit. Just like the Stampede, the Slash has good ground clearance. But it also has good performance for racing.

Design and Construction
Of the two, Traxxas Stampede is the older model. It was first introduced to the market in 1994. It is a 1/10-scale monster truck, featuring front and rear suspension, transmission, and speed controls. It has a rectangular chassis which is raised to above the front and rear suspension assemblies. Such design allows the vehicle to have higher ground clearance and to have large-diameter monster tires – 2.8” Talon tires with pre-glued foam inserts on mirror-chrome wheels. The raised body mounts and distinctive paint scheme create a unique sporty look. It is very rugged and durable, ready for use against the environment. It has the waterproof XL-5 ESC and watertight receiver box for all-weather performance.

On the other hand, Traxxas Slash was introduced for the first time in 2008. It is a 1/10-scale shot-course race truck. One great thing about Traxxas Slash is that, just like Traxxas Rustler (see our previous post about Traxxas Slash vs Rustler), it comes RTR (ready-to-run). In other words, you won’t have to assemble anything. So, this is a great choice for beginners who don’t have enough knowledge yet about RC vehicles.

Traxxas Slash shares many parts with Traxxas Stampede. However, the chassis is longer and wider, and it sits about half an inch lower to the ground. It is equipped with 4.3-inch all-terrain tires. The whole construction and electronics are waterproof so that it can perform in any environment.

There is a significant difference between Traxxas Slash vs Stampede. The older model, Stampede, is geared towards off-roading but not racing. It is powered by the Titan 12 Turn 550 modified motor with the Revo-Spec Torque-Control slipper clutch. The top speed is just around 23 mph. It is quite agile and controllable, but the high ground clearance may make the handling a little bit tricky on sharp turns and maneuvers. Still, it is very fun.

On the other hand, Traxxas Slash’s new Titan 12 Turn 550 Motor is more powerful. This RC truck is able to speed up to 30 mph. The slightly lower ground clearance also makes it somewhat more stable and easier to control. So, this model is better suited for racing.

- Powerful Titan 12-turn 550 motor and XL-5 ESC provide speeds up to 30 mph!
- Waterproof electronics for all-weather driving excitement in water, mud and snow
- Metal gear Magnum 272 transmission with Revo-Spec Torque-Control slipper clutch and hardened steel gears in the differential
- The TQ 2.4GHz radio system's ergonomic design is comfortable for all-day driving and its internal antenna is impervious to damage
- Includes Traxxas 7-cell NiMH battery with iD technology and 4 amp 12-volt DC peak-detecting fast charger for reliable charging
- Waterproof XL-5 ESC and watertight receiver box with 3 channel TQ receiver allow for all weather fun
- The TQ 2.4GHz radio system's ergonomic design is comfortable for all-day driving and its internal antenna is impervious to damage
- Talon 2.8" tires with foam inserts pre-glued on mirror-chrome All-Star wheels and ProGraphix painted body graphics

In general, Traxxas Slash is more recommended. In addition to the excellent build quality and waterproof construction, the performance is great. It is suitable for off-roading and also racing. On the other hand, Traxxas Stampede is only for off-roading, as the top speed is rather low and not good enough for racing.