Traxxas Bandit Review for 2017 (Bandit XL-5)

It is impossible not to think of Traxxas when you hear the word "RC." It manufactures various products for users to choose from such as the Slash and Stampede. Today we are going to talk about the Traxxas Bandit XL-5, which is a revamped model of the traditional buggy. In this Traxxas Bandit review well go through everything you should know before you buy it. Through this product, the company offers its customers speed, fun, and action that would make you want more.

Traxxas Bandit Review​

traxxas bandit review

Traxxas Bandit XL-5 is made for people of all skill levels. You might be a novice or an expert, but you won't need a long time to learn and drive like a pro. This model comes with so many new and Traxxas patented technologies that will leave your mind boggled. It is a dream come true for racing fanatics. With a powerful motor and 31-tooth pinion gear, you can take the speed up to 35 mph or maybe even more with a little tweaking. The motor is then cooled down by internal fans.

Getting started

Traxxas has taken various measures to make the Bandit durable. You can drive in snow, mud, and water because of the waterproof electronics, Electronic Speed Control, high-torque steering servo, water-sealed design, and receiver box included in the model. Moreover, it has a very durable chassis and camber links which end the need for any adjustment. Also, it is backed by Traxxas support and the availability of parts. To add to the longer life, the batteries attached are unyielding. Furthermore, it comes with an internal cooling fan which cools down the engine, ensuring a very long life as it wouldn't be subjected to a lot of wear and tear so early on in its life.

The Top Speed & Tech

If you are looking for a fast RC vehicle, then this is the best choice. The machine can speed up to 35 mph without any problem. However, you have to be a bit careful at very high speeds because it might get out of control, but if you are looking to drive something on level ground, then this is it. It can run on the pavement with such speed that it becomes a blur to the people watching.

The Bandit In Action​

The machine comes with three different modes for beginners and experienced drivers. For beginners, the patented training mode helps them learn to drive it at half the speed, while experienced users can enjoy sports and race mode with full speed and control over the RC. It doesn't take very long to learn how to operate it.

The Specs

  • 16.25 inches long

  • Front and rear tracks measure 9.84 inches

  • Weighs approximately 48 ounces

  • Overall height is 7 inches

  • Wheelbase measures about 11.25 inches

  • Front and back tires are pre-glued. The former is Alias Ribbed 2.2-inch tires, while the latter is Alias Step-Pin 2.2-inch tires

  • Both front and back wheels are 2.2-inch mirror-chrome wheels

  • 12 turn 550 motor

  • Can go up to 35 mph

  • Modified chassis tub made of fiber-composite

  • Planetary steel gear differential

  • Dimensions of the battery tray: 139 x 47.5 x 28 mm

  • Traxxas Power Cell battery included. 8 AA batteries required

  • Front shock length: Long

  • Rear Shock Length: XXL

  • XL-5 electronic speed control

  • Gear pitch is 48-pitch


  • You can drive in water, mud, and snow thanks to its waterproof electronics, Electronic Speed Control, high-torque steering servo, water sealed design, and receiver box.

  • It comes with Titan 12T 550 motors with an internal cooling fan.

  • Can speed up to 35 mph using 31-tooth pinion gear that is included. Moreover, it can accelerate quickly as the powerful motor and wheels aid the speeding.

  • Comes with 3 drive modes. Sports Mode can go forward, brake, reverse; Race Mode can go forward and brake; and the patented Training Mode can go 50% forward, brake, and 50% reverse (this is for people at the novice level). Thus, people of all skill levels can use it.

  • Two-stage low-voltage detection compatible with LiPo, NiCad, and NiMH batteries.

  • Huge heat sink.

  • Efficient MOSFET transistors.

  • Ball bearings along with the 3-gear transmission.

  • To protect the transmission with a beefed up motor, it comes with the sealed gearbox to put the cherry on top for durability. The sealed gearbox ensures that not even a single drop of water enters the body of the Traxxas Bandit XL-5, making it difficult to malfunction.

  • Slipper clutch system.

  • Though its skill level is 1, it can be used by both beginners and experienced users.

  • The package comes with all the things you might need to drive it so as to reduce any hassle on your part.

  • The Traxxas Bandit XL-5 is very lightweight, giving you an edge over bulking RCs and making it fast.

  • The powerful battery included in the package is the reason you get to experience the speedy performance of the machine. Seven cells are attached to give maximum power to the Bandit. They are attached in such a precise way that they look attractive with the individual clear wrap and an overall wrap.


  • A few users experienced DC charger malfunction. Their fuses went out quickly which annoyed some people.

  • People are advised to be a bit careful at a high speed, or they might end up losing control and get hit.

  • Some people complained that the batteries, in the beginning, would run out of juice more quickly than when they have been used for a while.


According to most of the reviews, it can be said with confidence that the Traxxas Bandit XL-5 has lived up to its expectations. The reviewers believe that it is extremely durable and speedy. People have used it for a long time and did not have any complaints.

Its price is a bit high, but with the features and advantages it offers, it compensates for the little drawback.

It is something that can be recommended to people with confidence and can live up to its expectations for racing enthusiasts. It can work in even the wettest conditions due to its waterproof designs and electronics used in it.

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