Timbuk2 Crawler Brushless ESC


From Here to Timbuk2

The sport of Rock Crawling has become a major part of the R/C world, and Team Novak is proud to introduce their smallest rock crawling brushless ESC to the crawler line up, the Timbuk2 Crawler Brushless ESC.

The Timbuk2 is designed to work with Novak's Rock Crawling Ballistic and older-style Super Sport Crawling Motors. Basic operation of the ESC remains similar to its predecessors the Goat 2S and Goat 3S, but Novak has taken the advice of the rock crawlers and completely updated the braking adjustability and other features of the Timbuk2. New adjustments in the brakes means even more control and response from your crawler.

Taking the Mystery out of Adjustability
A feature that is central to the Timbuk2 is the complete on-board programming. No extra devices, plugs or cards are needed to maximize the features of this ESC. The Timbuk2's easy-to-use button and LEDs will guide drivers to their desired setting and allow them to make changes ON THE ROCKS! But have no fear, if adjusting and tuning is not your game, the setup out of the box works extremely well. You can tune anything from the strength of the brakes, to how smooth the throttle response is, and even the rotation of the motor. With dozens of combinations, the Timbuk2 has what you've been searching for in a Brushless Rock Crawling ESC.

Advanced Technology
In addition its compact and lightweight design, the Timbuk2 uses advanced MOSFETS that are incredibly powerful, yet small in size. This has allowed Novak to create a powerful ESC that boasts tons of power. Another sophisticated feature is the Novak-developed Rock Boost™. When the Timbuk2 reaches full speed for a fixed amount of time, Rock Boost engages and electronic timing advance is applied to the motor. This allows you to have ultra-fine low speed control, unstoppable torque, along with the top speed and higher RPMs of much faster motors. No need to use pricey 3S LiPo batteries for the speed you need.

The Timbuk2 also features completely updated braking adjustability with three distinct types of drag brakes. In addition to standard Hill/Drag brakes, and No Drag Brakes, the third braking style available is Novak's exclusive Rock Crawling Hill/Hold Brakes for use with heavy rigs and serious rock crawling. This braking method applies stopping power to the motor to hold the rig in place.

3 Crawling Systems Available
The Timbuk2 is available on its own to use with your current Novak Rock Crawling Sensor-Based Brushless motor, or as a system, paired with a Ballistic Crawler Motor. Novak Ballistic Crawling motors are completely rebuildable, use a 14mm diameter rotor, and feature a special sensor to communicate with the Timbuk2 ESC. Three cost-saving systems are available:

  • Timbuk2 / Ballistic Crawling Brushless System – 13.5T (#3223) - Includes Novak's Ballistic 13.5T Crawler sensored brushless motor for a bit more speed on the trail.
  • Timbuk2 Wraith Edition / Ballistic Crawler 13.5T & BEC Combo (#3224)- Includes Novak's Ballistic 13.5T Crawler sensored brushless motor and an external BEC module. ESC is loaded with Wraith-specific firmware for use in vehicles with a reverse-rotation drive train that retains the Rock Boost feature. 
  • Timbuk2 / Ballistic Crawling Brushless System – 18.5T (#3225)- Includes Novak's Ballistic 18.5T Crawler sensored brushless motor for ultimate control.

Novak Built
Novak takes pride in its facility in Lake Forest, California and also with its use of high-quality components and assembly and testing processes. Each Novak Timbuk2 Crawler Brushless ESC is built and tested in the Novak factory to Novak’s exacting standards.

Timbuk2 / Ballistic Crawling Brushless System – 18.5T (#3225) CRAWLING COMBOS
The Timbuk2 is available in cost-saving combos with the Ballistic 13.5T (#3233 & #3224-Wraith Edition) and 18.5T (#3225) brushless motor.

Timbuk2 ESC installed in Axial Wraith

Timbuk2 ESC installed in
Axial® Wraith™

#5950 Novak Crawling Sintered Tuning Rotor -- 14mm
Novak's Ballistic Crawling Motors feature a 14MM diameter sintered Neodymium rotor for maximum torque and strong braking.

Designed especially for the demands of crawling vehicles to maneuver over the toughest terrain
Sensor-based for excellent torque and low-speed driveability
Compact and lightweight design
Novak's exclusive Rock Boost™ electronic timing advance to drastically increase motor RPM at full throttle (in both clockwise and counter-clockwise motor rotations)
Three distinct types of Hill/Drag Brake for significantly stronger brakes that can hold the heaviest rigs on the steepest inclines
Compatible with 540-size and 380-size Novak Crawling Brushless Motors
Water-resistant case with silicone gasket seal to help keep out the elements
Two ESCs in One—when used with a standard brushless motor, the Timbuk 2 utilizes the Novak Edge ESC non-crawling software and can be run with a 10.5T or higher sensored brushless motor
Built-In Voltage Cut-Off Circuitry prevents damage to LiPo/LiFe batteries
Medium-duty BEC for high-torque single servo applications. Don't let the specs fool you--all ESC's BECs are not created equal. The Timbuk2's 2A BEC will go toe-to-toe with many other higher rated units.
Built-In 6V output for optional accessory fan or other detail items such as running lights
User friendly One-Touch programming interface with five colored status LEDs to help personalize the speed control's settings
10 adjustable parameters: Hill/Drag Brake, Minimum Drive, Dead Band, Throttle Curve (Linear/Expo), Brake Frequency, Reverse End Point, Drive Frequency, Novak Rock Boost™, Motor Rotation and Voltage Cut-Off
Built-in diagnostic temperature monitoring that lets you quickly check the ESC's operating temperature at any time, and cross-cut heat sink to dissipate the heat
On-board Hall Sensor Test to easily and quickly verify that the motor's sensors are working properly
Thermal Overload Protection circuitry to protect the ESC from overheating
Novak's One-Touch Set-Up™ for quick, easy transmitter set-up
Factory wired with gold-plated bullet motor plugs
Gold-plated direct-solder wiring tabs for flexible soldering options
Factory-installed power capacitor
User-replaceable input harness
Meets RoHS compliance and includes a one-year warranty
Designed, assembled, and tested by Novak R/C in Lake Forest, California using the best components from around the globe. All ESCs are 100% tested to ensure your product works right out of the box and on the trails!



Spec #1832
Motor Type Sensored Brushless
Fwd/Brk/Rev F / Drag Brake / R (F / B / R when used with a non-crawling motor)
Input Cells (LiPo/Ni-MH) 2S LiPo/LiFe; 4-7 NiMH
Size (in/mm) 1.15" x 0.95" x 0.79" (29 x 24.3 x 20 mm)
Weight (oz/g) 0.75 oz. (21.3 g)
On-Resistance (ohms) 0.00057 ohms @ 25°C trans. temp.
Motor Limit

540-size: 13.5T (Novak Crawling Version Brushless Motors only);
380-size: All sensored brushless

BEC (volts / amps) 6.0 volts DC / 2.0 amps
Wire Size (GA) 14G Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire
Status LEDs 5, multi-colored

Replacement / Optional Parts
icon checkmark #5304 or #5309 Plug-In Input Signal Harness – (Mini-JST) (optional/replacement)
icon checkmark #5332 Brushless Motor Connector Wire Set – 14GA (optional)
icon checkmark #5351-#5355 Brushless Shielded Sensor Harnesses (optional)
icon checkmark #5463 Novak 3-Amp Universal BEC – 2S (optional)
icon checkmark #5508 14GA Brushless Motor & Battery Wire Set (replacement)
icon checkmark #5600 ESC Switch Harness (replacement)
icon checkmark #5649 or #5653 Black Cooling Fans 25x25x10mm – 2mm Mini Plug (optional)
icon checkmark #5682 Power Cap Harness: 1000µF (replacement)
icon checkmark #5731 or #5741 3.5mm Low-Loss Power Connector – 5 pairs (optional)
icon checkmark #5831 or #5833 Lead-Free Silver Solder (optional)
icon checkmark #5850 or #5851 Heat Shrink Tubing (optional)
Instruction Manual & Field Guide - Rock Boost Spec Chart