Catalyst Machineworks Speed Addict V2
Catalyst Machineworks has released a new version of the Speed Addict 210-R and I have one! It’s no secret I love the Speed Addict. It was my first quality frame, and set a standard for everything else I’ve flown after it. When I was looking around for a frame that would last I came across a post on RCGroups about the speed addict, and three words helped me decide: “I like mine!”. It was a post by Ummagawd, and his blessing was good enough for me.
The Speed Addict V2 frame is manufactured in a high quality 3K twill matte carbon fiber, and I’ve got to say the finish looks awesome. Included are a 4mm bottom plate, the trademark Speed Addict top plate, fpv camera top and side plates, custom 3d-printed TPU FPV and reciever antenna mounts, black anodized aluminum frame standoffs, aircraft grade 7075 black aluminum fasteners, a rubber grommet for the pigtail, and a grippy battery strap.
Fully assembled, the Catalyst Machineworks Speed Addict V2 is one sick looking frame. That matte finish sucks in light. The hardware is black. If this thing were any darker Norwegian Black Metal Bands would tell it to dial it back a bit. Gone are the blocky lines of the V1, replaced with skeletal features that bring the looks as well as weight savings without sacrificing strength.
From small changes like the FPV camera housing, to more significant changes like the removal of the recessed PDB bay, it’s clear that this was a well though-out redesign. The basic look may be the same, but the V2 is the culmination of what Catalyst Machineworks has learned over the past few years. The strength as good as or better than its predecessor, with nearly 20 grams in weight savings.
With the V2 built up it was time to get it in the air, and I was not let down. It’s all about balance with a freestyle, and it is hard to beat a low-rider style frame. With a center of gravity so close to the center of the frame, flips and rolls are incredibly smooth and even. I test all of my frames with stock PIDs and this frame flew very well with them. Even without a tight tune, the V2 loved the sky. It seemed to float through slow rolls, and corner like it was grinding a rail. I got lost in it, pushing it farther and farther without rest until the inevitable happened… I let the smoke out.
After a few days of down time waiting for a new motor and ESC, I was back in the air – this time at a new spot, with some friends who I knew could push me to go farther. The V2 is a rag doll, just throw it around and it’ll go where you tell it and never give you any complaints. The only thing holding it back is me, a pilot not yet worthy of it’s performance – but I’m getting there.
The Catalyst Machineworks Speed Addict V2 is a fantastic frame. Strong, light, and well-balanced – this is what a freestyle frame should be. A camera angle of up to 70 degrees is available for you tricky pilots and extreme speed freaks, and several HD camera mounts are available. At just under $100 dollars this isn’t the cheapest frame out there, but you get what you pay for. My V1 is still going strong after years of abuse learning to fly.
The V2 is my new main freestyle rig. Period.
You can order yours from Catalyst Machineworks