The Hotness

Alright so you want to build the best and baddest quad you can? Well that can be a lot of different things obviously, and it really depends on what you want to do with it. Do you want a big 6″ GoPro quad or a small Micro that is super fast… Well for this article I am going to stick with a racing 5″ build. I think it’s a great all around prop size and I am not going to worry about having to carry a GoPro or action camera on.

For parts I do not list here (like radio/receiver/etc) please refer to my “Newbie Corner” as a lot of the parts are over there.


Any X Frame. I personally chose the Rage X from QuadRevo but any standard X will be very close in performance. Try and stick with one made to run 5″ props. One that can fit 6″ and you are running 5″ is just carrying around extra weight.



One of the nice things about now days is there is a lot of motor options out there. Here are some of the motors I have used and felt great and heard great things about.

DYS SE2205 2550kv – These are upgraded over the MR version. I’ve heard great things about them.
RCX 2205/2633 – Weak metal, but at $8-9 / each they are a great option. [ Review ]
Emax RS2205/2600KV – Perform very well, and made better than the RCX, but more costly. [ Review ]
Lumenier RX2206-11 2350kv – Lower KV, my go to for 6″ builds. [ Review ]



The ESC market is very crowded right now with a lot of great options out there. I have a really hard time deciding which ESC I like the most at this moment. My own “goggle-dyno” tells me one thing while thrust tests on stands suggest otherwise. So for now I will list the three categories that are very popular and highly recommended at this point.

  • ARM Based MCU ESC’s – Tied for 1st
    • VGoodRC 30amp lite (2-4s) – Very good feel while flying.
  • BLHeli_S ESC’s – Tied for 1st
    • Aikon SEFM 30A BLHeli_S
  • BLHeli F39x MCU ESC’s – Third Place
    • XM20 – F396, small and cheap!
    • FVT LittleBee 30 – F390, larger but capable of more power.
    • AngryBeast 30A – F390, small size


Last Updated: May 27, 2016 – Updated Motors & ESC recommendations.