Exotek Wheels: Review
25 June 2013
We were excited when Exotek announced their new wheels because they fit Pit Shimizu tyres and could mean the end to having to glue them to foam rims. However, they break easily in a roll over crash.
On the positive side they fit Pit Shimizu tyres well making the gluing much easier. They also widen the track width of a Tamiya F104 to 189mm which can be a nice option to have. So far so good.
However, the rims are very susceptible to breaking in a roll over. Something we have not seen with other F104 wheels.
The photos below tell the story:
|Below - Good front wheel:
||Below - Front wheel after roll over:
Above: Rear Wheel after roll over
Above: Rear wheel after roll over
The front wheel spokes are only 2mm diameter which is insufficient. You can see in the top right photo that all of the spokes have simply snapped.
The photo of the rear wheel (above left) shows a breakage around the wheel hex which is a strange place to break and we question the quality of the materials used.
These photos were taken on 23 June at the Vic F1 Cup Series Round 2. 18 F1's competed. We believe that only two cars used the Exotek wheels. Both had wheel breakages early in the day from roll over crashes and stopped using Exotek wheels because of them. No other cars had wheel breakages that we are aware of. One of these cars TQ'd and came 2nd overall on other wheels.
Exotek make some very good products but unfortunately we can't recommend this one.
We have emailed Exotek asking them for their comments and if they reply we will post their response.
We recommend continuing to glue your Pit Shimizu tyres to foam rims (see our Tyres Guide for details).