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Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:02 pm
by dis96
Just a little bit of information regarding these.

As part of the rules for minis, the UK Distributors for these combos are shown as racersinexile and giantcod.

Racersinexile are not the uk distributor for these combos, they do not import them and is not interested in importing them unless there is demand enough for him to order the numbers that he would have to import. Indeed as i read it, they are the official importer for XErun products and not EZrun.

That leaves GiantCod, are they really a UK Distributor or not. They only seem to deal direct with customers and are not willing to open trade accounts with shops or online retailers. Hearing from people who have purchased from GiantCod and had problems with their purchases, they have been less than happy with the support if any, if indeed they have been able to speak to anyone or had emails replied to.

This combo does look very interesting for the mini class, and it is going well too, but this is not supporting the UK rc retail industry at all being that shops cannot get hold of stock to sell to the drivers.

I'm sure we do not want to see brushless to die because of supply issues, and we want to allow people who are not comfortable purchasing from abroad to get hold of these units, so if several clubs are willing to pledge (as WK have) to only allow this combo in minis, then the supporting shops can be confident enough to put orders in with racersinexile with numbers large enough for him to make an order for the product, and give warranty support as he does with the products he currently sells to the trade.

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:41 am
by daveygravy
I listed them both in the rules on the site as they were both listed on the HobbyWing website as dealers in the UK - I didn't take into account the actual product lines they stock and just assumed that they'd be able to get the products ordered in if they had a trade account.

I've bought my combo from GiantCod and it's been fine so I can't comment on their after-sales support. I'd have thought that trading standards would be able to help if faulty products have been sold and the seller isn't playing ball.

The point to remember in all this of course is that brushless isn't a requirement to race in the class and there seems (from my limited experience in the class) to be no performance benefit. Brushless made me switch to the class, without it I wouldn't have bothered as I wasn't prepared to buy a handful of motors and pick the best by testing or dynoing them.

David

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:46 am
by Bosscat
Sidcup are and remain committed to supporting these Brushless combos for Mini Racing along side the normal brushed motors. We are finding there is little to choose in terms of performance the advantage is that they are all equally as good, something that is very much lacking with the available brushed motors.

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:35 am
by dis96
Thanks for that Dave, makes sense.

Bosscat, and everyone really, where are you sourcing your combos from?

Is there a market for use to ask Racers in Exile to import some units, or are people happy with their current suppliers?

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:05 pm
by chris_dono
Stu, we looked into this (and indeed other alternatives)

The hobbywing combo is not available easily/cheaply enough here in the UK without a big outlay of funds by a shop in the first instance. They are easily obtainable overseas however.

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:04 pm
by dis96
What about the yeah racing combo?

This is oem from hobbywing by the looks of it, could be an option to include?

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:14 pm
by daveygravy
dis96 wrote:What about the yeah racing combo?

This is oem from hobbywing by the looks of it, could be an option to include?


I read that the Yeah Racing version is exactly the same thing too... probably need to see one in the flesh to see if that is the case and if it performs the same. Is Yeah Racing any easier to obtain in the UK I wonder?

Re: Brushless Minis

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:05 pm
by dis96
Not sure if it is easier, not sure of the importer, but perhaps the importer might be bigger and more able to bring some in if they dont already.

I have had confirmation from Hobbywing that they do supply some products to Yeah Racing, not that isn't complete proof that that item is HW badged Yeah Racing, but is likely.

More digging :)