Element RC Enduro SE Sendero Trail Truck

Element RC Enduro SE Sendero Trail Truck

It’s Enduro SE!

I’ve been calling it the Sendero SE, but it wasn’t until I went to write this article that I realised the truck is called the Enduro SE Sendero. Well, that makes sense, as the Enduro platform is the common layout you’ll find under all of Element RC’s current line of epic rock crawlers and trail trucks, current and retired: the Sendro HD, Gatekeeper, Ecto, Knightrunner, Bushido and now, the Enduro SE. (We’ve looked at ALL of these on the channel).

Available from AsiaTees or Amazon, this rig has been an interesting combination of budget and performance oriented decisions by Team Associated. This more budget-oriented release first hit the shelves in November 2022. Being in Australia, I tend to get new releases up to 6 months after that, and in this case, it was even longer. But it’s finally here and we’ve already had it on the rocks, so I am in a good position now to show you through this one. Let’s dig into what makes the Enduro SE (Sport Edition) a little different from all the other Enduro rigs before it!

Enduro SE Unboxed

Same, But a Little Bit Different

The Element RC Enduro SE Sendero is a trail truck that draws inspiration from the truck styling of the 80s and 90s. This isn’t new to this class of RC vehicle, but there’s a trick to this model. You might expect the closest comparison to be to the Sendero HD, given the name is common to both. (You can find our review of the Sendro HD here, and our video series here).

However, the reality is something quite unexpected. As you’ll see in the video at the end of this article, I found the Enduro SE to be most closely similar to the Axial SCX10 II Deadbolt! We’ll have to do a video comparison on those two rigs as they’re similar in price, setup and performance. That’ll be interesting!

Enduro SE Complete Underside

Enduro SE Sendero Body

Unlike the Sendero HD before it, the Enduro SE Sendero boasts a one-piece polycarbonate body. The tube frame and tray are replaced with a drop bed and bumper, which is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, underneath both ends of the body you’ll find adjustable bumper mounts with integrated winch line routing for the front.

Much firmer than the bumper on the Sendero HD, the Enduro SE features high-clearance front and rear bumpers that are still flexible, though clearly tough. The same, adjustable-width rock sliders finish out the sides, including slots for the polycarbone body sills to locate snugly. As with the Sendero HD, it looks like there’s room to lower the body a little, and to bring the bumpers in a bit. Both these things will marginally help the car on rock obstacles.


New to this Enduro family member is the StealthXF gearbox. It’s a front-facing motor design but still centrally mounted on the skid plate. In a break from other Enduro rigs (all of which have run the StealthX transmission, to date), the Enduro SE gets no overdrive out of the box.

Further, whilst all other Enduro RTRs that I’ve looked at in recent years have come with 5.7% overdrive built-in AND an extra 11.83% overdrive gear set you can install yourself, the Enduro SE comes with no additional gears. If you want overdrive in this one, you’ll have to raid your parts box from other Enduro cars if you’re lucky enough to have another already, or else you’ll need to buy the gears separately.

Enduro SE Motor and Gearbox

Drive Train Upgrades

In my opinion: if you do decide to shell out for overdrive gears, go for the 11.83% set – the car is lightweight and not fast, so you won’t feel the shortcomings of having overdrive on the trails, and then when you’re crawling, you’ll really appreciate that more positive steering influence.

Pinion and spur are 48-pitch and the system works well. It’ll tolerate brushless power if you don’t go overboard. The HobbyWing Fusion SE 1800kv would be my pick for this rig, while the higher-power Hobbywing Fusion Pro 2300kv will also give the Enduro SE some hustle on the trails!

Enduro SE Chassis Top-Down

Links & Suspension

The Enduro SE Sendero is designed with heavy-duty 5mm diameter steel steering links and aluminum steering plates. It also features optimized ball cups and links that allow for more fluid axle articulation. The suspension system includes threaded shock bodies, mini springs, and a 90mm shock length. The adjustable rear shock mount positions provide flexibility for tuning both the wheelbase and shock angles.

The links are the same spaghetti-type, bendy plastic as found under the Axial Deadbolt. As you’ll see me demonstrate in the video below (it’ll post a few days after this article is published), the links allow considerable amount of lateral movement if you force the axles forward or back. This, combined with the bushings (see next section) really speaks to the more budget nature of this rig. Thankfully, I think these are the two most glaring ‘shortfalls’ of this rig – though not every situation will mean soft links and bushings are a bad thing. The truck is certainly light weight, which contributes greatly to its ability on the rocks! More on that in the video below.

Enduro SE Axles

The truck comes with updated axles, including universal front drive axles and a one-piece rear axle design. The front axle is splined and offers adjustable caster. The gearing system of the Enduro SE Sendero is robust, featuring metal ring and pinion gears, a machined steel top shaft, and a steel servo horn. I’m not too hot on the faux plastic disc brakes and calipers but it’s a tidy setup overall.

They’re straight axles, no portals here! The steering config is servo on axle, which is less scale but generally better performing than CMS (Chassis Mounted Servo) config. It’s a solid setup, I like it.

Bushings, Not Bearings

Be aware that the Enduro SE Sendero ships with 24 bushings rather than the ball bearings we’re used to seeing on the Enduro platform. Before you lose your mind on this point, remember this is a slow vehicle and one that’s likely to encounter mud and water.

The benefit of ball bearings over bushings is lowering resistance, giving you that sliver of extra speed on the racetrack or drag strip. In a crawler, your motor will draw marginally (and I mean marginally) more power to overcome the added resistance from bushings, but I double-dog-dare you to notice the difference. Bushings are low maintenance, too – they can get muddy and wet, even salty, and they won’t rust out and seize, so that’s your silver lining!

Enduro SE Pinseeker Sidewall

Wheels & Tires

The wheels of the Enduro SE Sendero have a 12.8″ wheelbase and are equipped with 12mm wheel hexes. The wheels are plastic and a beadlock design. Shiny black and attractive, these 1.9” units are well-suited to the rig.

The tires are new, and very, very Element. They’re narrow, just like those found on the Deadbolt, incidentally, and they have a repeating Element RC logo all around the center of the treads. They’re a 4.7” size, come with internal foams and the rubber compound is pleasingly soft. Under load on the rocks, the side walls are soft enough to deform, but firm enough to help the rig maintain traction and direction. They’re cheap, on a cheaper rig, but I like ‘em so far!

Enduro SE Pinseeker Tire Tread


The Enduro SE Sendero is powered by a Reedy 16-turn, 5-slow motor, same as the rest of the Enduro family. The motor is mounted to an aluminum plate, as the backbone of the transmission. As with all the others, it is powered by the same Reedy ESC, too. The electronics are completely adequate for this machine, though they have their limits. Great low-speed control is to be expected from this combo, though it’s low on power, even if you gear it up. It should last a good long time though and it’s a great match to the StealthXF transmission, though there is obvious strain if you run on 3S (12V) power in a heavy crawling scenario – motor and ESC can get properly hot.

The receiver is housed in an enclosed box, while the ESC tray ensures clean wiring. The truck also comes with an additional (wider) battery box. The servo is the same Reedy 1523MG waterproof, metal gear unit found in all the other current Enduro vehicles too. As with the power system, this is quite adequate for this vehicle and should endure even heavy crawling sessions.

Enduro SE Radio

In a departure from the XP130 system that has shipped with all previous Enduro models, Element RC has chosen instead to go with FlySky. The truck comes with a 4-channel FlySky FS-G4P radio system, though it only uses two of the channels. The two unused channels are a three-position switch and a momentary-press button. Nice!

I like FlySky and have many of their radios. Maybe 20 – and that’s just the trasmitters. I’m well familiar with how their AFHDS protocols run (and there are 3 versions of this, plus ANT, in the FlySky range) and all their systems are solid. I have several of this particular radio, which uses the ANT protocol (hackers rejoice). It’s solid, fast enough and comes with numerous adjustments as you’d expect from any modern 2.4G radio. It’s a good pairing with the truck. It takes 4x AA batteries and is comfy in the hand, plastic wheel notwithstanding.

In The Box

There are two versions of the Enduro SE Sendero, but both have the same vehicle and radio. The standard version gives you the truck, radio, body mounts, shock pieces for full coil-overs if you change to that, a spare body cross member and a wider battery tray. There’s a manual, sticker sheet, SCX480X ESC manual and FlySky radio system manual. Lastly, some basic allen keys are included, to fit the rig. The other version is the LiPo Combo, which includes a compact balance charge and LiPo battery.

Both versions give you the now-standard Element RC box which doubles as a parking garage if you reverse the box – and its different for every model from the Enduro range. A bit of fun!

So, How’s It Drive?

The big question! This is best covered in our video review, which incorporates a rock test and copious opinions on the vehicle. It will be posted within a few days of this article being published. Catch you there!

Enduro SE in Late Winter

Our Test Course

If you’re not familiar with how we test RC rock crawlers, we have a course that challenges any 4x4 RC crawler in many ways:

  • Approach and departure angle: these  are challenged on Problems 2 and 3;
  • Side-hill ability: tested on Problems 1, 3 and 5;
  • Breakover (skid clearance): tested on Problems 4 and 6;
  •  Suspension articulation and centre of gravity: challenged on problems 2 and 5; and lastly,
  • A punishing ascent on problem 6 tests all of balance, break-over, articulation, tire traction and approach and departure angles.

Put together, we have a gnarly, challenging set of problems that challenge all crawlers. If a rig can conquer 3 or more of them, chances are you have a reasonably high-performance rock crawler. There are some machines that can claim all success on all six in stock form – but not many!

Get One!

Check the manufacturer page for specific details if you’re after more: https://www.associatedelectrics.com/element/cars_and_trucks/Enduro/SE_Sendero/

Buy an Element RC Enduro SE Sendero Trail Truck RTR from AsiaTees or Amazon. These are affiliate links that help support RC-TNT at no extra cost to you. Thank you for using them, if you do so!

Enduro SE Rock Crawl Stance
Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it's all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! ...You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂

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Element RC Enduro Ecto Trail Truck RTR

Element RC Enduro Ecto Trail Truck RTR

Element RC for Fun

If you are returning to the world of RC (Radio Control) after some years, you’ll be familiar with Associated Electrics (AE). You may not be so familiar with one of their newer brands, Element RC. AE is known for its off-road racing heritage, going back to the slot car era from 1965. Meanwhile, Element RC is a more fun and family focussed brand with community and exploration as core concepts rather than AE’s trophies and podiums.

Reedy Power is another AE brand. This covers motors, speed controls, batteries, chargers, servos and accessories. Under the one umbrella, AE can deliver a complete in-house package in the Element RC Enduro platform. And that’s what we’re looking at today.

Ecto Top-Down

The Elemental Platform

In recent years, Element RC has run on a single flexible platform known as the Enduro. There’s a current kit option in the Enduro Trail Truck Builder’s Kit 2. The rest of the range is RTR (Ready To Run) and models are differentiated by modular options of body, suspension, axle type and wheelbase.

We’ve reviewed and enjoyed the very capable Sendero HD, a trail truck with a scale body and live axles at each end. The Knightrunner is another interesting unit, also a scale trail truck but with IFS (Independent Front Suspension). Rounding out our collection is the Gatekeeper with its rear trailing arms and anti-roll bar.

At the heart of all these models is the same StealthX transmission, which provides drive to front and rear axles and a mid-mounted motor over the skid plate. The StealthX transmission features a 5.7% overdrive output to the front axle. Also, all Enduro vehicles include an additional gear set that grants 11.83% overdrive to the front instead of the default 5.7%. The vehicles all ship with a steel C-rail chassis, 5-pole motor, waterproof & metal geared steering servo, a Reedy brushed ESC and the XP-130 radio system. It’s a solid platform that allows a variety of implementations for different effects on the trail and rocks.

Gatekeeper & Ecto
StealthX Overdrive Gearing

Element Ecto Chamber

Given how similar the two vehicles are, our experiences with the Gatekeeper are going to be quite relevant to our expectations of the Element Ecto’s performance. We had a very good experience with the Gatekeeper when we tested it a few months ago. It was a very capable machine, if a little top-heavy with that hinged exocage on top. (Check out our GK series here on YouTube). With the modular design of the Enduro platform in mind, the Ecto would appear to be very similar indeed to the Gatekeeper. The only differences that jump out on first inspection are the lighter-weight polycarbonate body and the straight links, rather than the bent links of the Gatekeeper.

Both Ecto and Gatekeeper use the same Reedy 14-turn, 550-size brushed motor and other electronics. Gearing is the same and the trailing-arm rear suspension are identical too. The bent links of the Gatekeeper give the CVD joints (Constant Velocity Drive) in the drive shafts a slightly better angle on the Gatekeeper. Other than that, the Ecto appears to be the better-equipped of the two for sheer rock crawling performance – and that’s what we’re interested in.

Suspension Similarities

Fit For Purpose?

We wondered about this when we compared the Gatekeeper to the Axial Capra in a video last year (view that here, if you’re interested). The trailing arm suspension of the Gatekeeper is what we called “go-fast suspension”. Given the suspension choice, the Gatekeeper and Ecto are ostensibly more aimed at rock racing rather than rock crawling – faster rather than slower, technical driving.

However, we found that although the Capra did indeed outperform the Gatekeeper on the rocks, the GK wasn’t far behind. Both vehicles could complete our 6-problem course and the overdrive from the StealthX transmission definitely helped.

Gatekeeper vs Ecto
Underneath Ecto

Our Test Course

If you’re not familiar with how we test RC rock crawlers, we have a course that challenges any 4x4 RC crawler in many ways:

  • Approach and departure angle: these  are challenged on Problems 2 and 3;
  • Side-hill ability: tested on Problems 1, 3 and 5;
  • Breakover (skid clearance): tested on Problems 4 and 6;
  •  Suspension articulation and centre of gravity: challenged on problems 2 and 5; and lastly,
  • A punishing ascent on problem 6 tests all of balance, break-over, articulation, tire traction and approach and departure angles.

Put together, we have a gnarly, challenging set of problems that challenge all crawlers. If a rig can conquer 3 or more of them, chances are you have a reasonably high-performance rock crawler. There are some machines that can claim all success on all six in stock form – but not many!

Ecto vs Gatekeeper vs Capra

The Element Ecto is lighter than the Gatekeeper. The Axial Capra is heavier than both. The Ecto’s COG (Center Of Gravity) is lower because of that polycarbonate body – the Gatekeeper’s exocage was heavy! We therefore expect the machine to do quite well on the rocks. However, the suspension and faster 14-turn 550 motor still make us wonder. Can it best the Capra on the rocks? The Capra has a DIG (DIsengageable Gear) that gives it quite an edge.

Honestly, we’re not sure. This article is being written during a week-long rain period here locally and while we’ve done a little testing in our review video this week, we still haven’t been able to get the Ecto onto dry rocks for a more precise comparison. Stay tuned for an Ecto vs Capra video soon as well as an Ecto vs Gatekeeper video. We are excited for both and can’t wait to see how they stack up!

Ecto on Rock

What’s in the Box?

Element RC Ecto RTR, XP-130 radio, manual, sticker sheet, spare plastics and body trim. No tools, no battery, no charger. That’s the default box contents. Check out our review (below) to see how we set our rig up in preparation for rock crawling. We’ve left it largely stock for comparison purposes, but even in that configuration we expect it will be a performer. Here’s the full review and initial rock run:

Should You Buy It?

If you’re into this style of body and are looking for a capable rock crawler, then yes – the Element Ecto is for you! If you’re on the fence about the body but still want a capable crawler and you like the Element RC Enduro range, take a look at the Gatekeeper or the Sendero HD. Both are superbly capable crawlers. Aside from suspension and motor turns in the Sendero HD, both share the same reliable and well-designed components of the Ecto.

If you’re after a capable scale crawler and are wondering what else might meet your needs, there are a few other rigs you might consider:

Whatever you choose, the selection available today is better than ever before. Any of these rigs will serve you well. We plan to have some head-to-head action between many of the above vehicles soon, too. In the meantime, the Element Ecto is impressive. Time will tell, but we think it may just be the cream of the Element RC Enduro crop.

More Info

See the manufacturer’s page here: https://www.associatedelectrics.com/element/cars_and_trucks/Enduro/Ecto_Trail_Truck/

Grab one here, shipping is world-wide (and using this link helps support us at no extra cost to you – thank you kindly if you use it)!

Ecto Approach Angle
Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it's all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! ...You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂

Sendero HD RTR RC Crawler Review

Sendero HD RTR RC Crawler Review

The New Hotness

Marketed as a trail rig, the first thing to know about the Sendero HD is that this is primarily a rock crawler. It can do trail driving, but it is designed for and excells at rock crawling.

What sets this apart from other options in the 1:10 RC crawler field is its unusual transmission (‘Stealth(R) X’ branded) which comes with a 5.7% overdrive to the front and includes an optional nylon gear you can swap out for 11.83% overdrive – included with the RTR package.

Two other factors are unusual with this crawler. The first is the BTA (Behind The Axle) steering setup, which helps with clearing obstacles on steep approaches; and second, the included Reedy 5-slot 16 turn motor, which gives sublime low-speed control.

But there’s more to love – and some maybe not so much – about this RTR truck that is small-on-cost but big-on-features. Read on!


Out of the Box

It’s as big as a barn!? Well, not really, but Element RC had a little fun with this special 1/10 scale RC crawler.  They’ve printed the walls of a barn-type garage on the inside of the box this RTR vehicle ships in. Just a little thing that makes zero difference to the crawler itself, but it does communicate fun. Little touches like this add a bit of extra delight to pulling this rock-munching RC car from the box. Another welcome factor during unboxing is that there is very little plastic in the packaging. It’s mostly cardboard, plus a few cable ties, so the environment doesn’t have to suffer unnecessary extra wear with the purchase of this cracking little rock rig.

As you remove it from the box, one thing to watch in particular is for the loose headlight wire. It dangles loosely inside the body. In our model, it was resting right next to one of the cable ties you need to cut to remove the car from the box base. Cutting it accidentally wouldn’t have been too hard to fix, but it would take a little of the shine off of the unboxing process! Other than that, unboxing and packaging are every bit as good as an RTR from any of the big names in RC crawling. You wouldn’t know this was much cheaper than the big-name competition at a glance. Full points here.

Sendero HD Wire


Sendero HD Problems

Where the first impression suffers a little is in the problems we found in the Sendero HD out of the box. AE (Associated Electronics) have been around for a while and the brand has changed hands over the years, but manufacturing and finishing can be a challenge for companies of all sizes. With the Sendero, it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed – IF you knew to look for them!

On paper this is a truly capable rock crawler for a relatively amazing price. As with so many things though, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt you. In this case, the Sendero had a leaking rear left shock (the whole thing came out of the box covered in a light sheen of silicone oil – yuck!), the steering links and servo horn were loose and the sliders were not installed symmetrically – that last one was a recipe for body sill damage.

Sendero HD Links

So, after a disappointing first round on the rocks, we took the time to properly go over the rig before actually driving it hard – generally a good idea for any Ready To Run (RTR) vehicle! The good news here is that these problems are not design issues but simply factory build issues. No materials or manufacturing faults here, and as such, they could all be addressed with minimal fuss on the workbench.


Sendero HD vs The World

Once this was all done, wow – this was a different truck. Keep in mind this vehicle comes with a 5.7% overdrive in the transmission out of the box, though you can go to a 1:1 drive ratio OR to an 11.38% overdrive, both via included gears in the accessories bag, which also contained a few other little scale plastic bits and pieces.

This is a really well-appointed rig. The tires are grippy – though a later test showed they didn’t do so well in the wet (see our wet rock challenge video to get a feel for the Sendero HD in the wet). The other little trick this Element RC crawler includes that many other RTRs exclude is a three-channel radio AND a spot for a servo-type chassis mounted winch. All you need is an ESC, like the HobbyWing WP-1025 and the servo-type winch, and you’re ready to rock!

Another redeeming feature here is that even though one of the shocks arrived with a leak, they are high-quality, threaded aluminum bodies and they’re pretty nice. The one-piece springs are appropriate for the vehicle’s weight for rock crawling, too.


Radio System

Speaking of the radio system, the Sendero HD ships with the AE XP130 2.4GHz 3-channel radio system, including one spare channel on the receiver that is just begging to be used for a winch. There’s a fourth port on the receiver for ‘BATT/BIND’ but as with most receivers, the positive and negative power busses are parallel across all the ports, so you can use this port for an additional power source if you’re adding more lights, for example.

Sendero HD Radio

The design of this radio is a dated one but it is certainly fully functional. The transmitter takes 4x AA batteries and you have the usual channel reverse switches for Steering and Throttle, trim for each of those, as well as EPA (End Point Adjustment) dials for Throttle and Steering – but you also get EPA and trim for the third channel, which is frankly unusual for a cheaper, basic radio. So, this is good!


Using the Radio

The radio is comfortable in the hand. Steering feel is light and precise, typical of most modern 2.4GHz radio systems. Battery use is good, as far as I can tell; it’s had 7 or 8 hours’ use at this point and they’re still going. I do tend to forget to turn my radios off and the idle time-out beeper is what saves the batteries on many handsets. This transmitter does not have an idle alert and I have left it switched on at least twice for some hours each. The batteries are still going, so I can report at least that the circuitry is effecient enough when not in use!

The only obvious downsides I found on this unit are the lack of transmitter battery level display, leaving you to guess when you might run out of juice, and that the dials and switches are all located on the top of the unit – so if you’re crawling in the rain, you will need to be careful to shield the radio from the elements! (Anyone note a little irony given the company name…? Anyone? Just me?) More seriously though, modern RC crawlers ship with water resistance built in. The radios should be able to handle at least light rain as well (see the Spektrum DX5 Rugged for a solution there).

XP130 in the rain


Can It Trail?

Given its overdrive and lighter weight (2.6KG / 5.7lb with a small 3S battery), this would be a middling trail rig. It’s a great rock crawler, but for trail driving there are a few other options on the market that might be better for this purpose. Though to be clear, the Sendero HD would still be capable enough and certainly durable. Overdrive, 5-slot motor and rock-biased suspension mean things wouldn’t be so rosy in deep mud or scrabbling over loose and mossy tree roots and clay. The tires especially wouldn’t be much chop in mud. (If you swapped the motor to a more conventional 3-slot 35 turn, added slightly heavier wheels and changed the tires to something with bigger, more separated lugs, such as the Proline Interco Super Swampers, it would be a different story).

Also in its favour for trail use is the integrated servo winch mount and plush Reedy ESC that pairs so well with the Reedy 5-slot motor. The scale tires add to the pleasing visual aesthetic.


Rock Crawling – Where It’s At

Where the Sendero shines is on the rocks. This is what it’s made for. Out of the box, it may be the most capable rock crawler available today. The Reedy 16-turn, 5-slot 540 motor is butter-smooth at low revs in particular. That’s the advantage of the 5-slot motor over the cheaper and more common 3-slot 540 and 550 motors. The 5-slot doesn’t have the same punch but its smoothness is top-shelf. It also really aids on the technical stuff when you’re crawling, which is really what this rock crawler is all about.

Sendero rock crawling

Check out our video (to the right) for the 6-problem rock test, as we put it through it’s paces whilst unboxing between problems.


Worth It? You Bet!

Bottom line, this RC crawler is unbeatable value for money. The included and thoughtful accessories, simple overdrive design, silky smooth drive train and crazy-good tires make it an absolute beast on the rocks. It is really easy to recommend this rig – as a rock crawler! Modifying it a little for better performance is as simple as these few steps: changing the wheels to something with a shade more weight; swapping out to the higher included overdrive gear of 11.38%; and taking the time to ensure screws are tight and links are correctly fastened.

That all done, you’ve got a belting-good RC crawler that will leave your friends’ jaws dropped – especially when they hear you’ve spent only around half of what they did for their SCX10 III and TRX-4 rigs with similar crawling ability. As long as it isn’t raining, the Sendero really is that good. (And a tire change may be all you need to have it battling slick rocks with the best of them – more on that in a future review and comparison/test. Stay tuned).

Sendero HD & Comp Rig


Other RC Crawler Options


We have a great, high-level overview of options in our article, ‘What is the Best RC Rock Crawler?’, where the Sendero HD features as the Best Value RTR crawler. You may find some value from that as an overview – find it here.

Consider looking at the SCX10 III or TRX-4 Sport if you’re after a trail-oriented crawler, or the Redcat Gen8 V2 if you’re interested in a trail-biased crawler that also does well on the rocks. Find in-depth reviews of all of these on our YouTube channel, RC-TNT. For rock crawling out of the box, the Element RC Sendero HD is the one to get. Recommended.


Check out our video review below, which is focussed on the Sendero’s rock crawling ability in particular (spoiler: it’s pretty good!).

Quick Specs

Scale: 1:10

Power system: Brushed, electric, RTR

Wheelbase: 313mm / 12.32in

Weight: 2.6KG / 5.7lb 

Manufacturer Part #: 40105

Manufacturer: Element RC (Associated Electrics)

Product Website

Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it’s all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! …You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂