After we reviewed the Speed Addict Fearless mini quad frame a few months back, the frame designers took many suggestions and feedback from the users including mine, and they came up with this improved version of the frame.
I am amazed that Catalyst Machineworks implemented almost all the improvements I suggested along with some other ideas from their team pilots and customers. I really like how they actively listen to customers, and constantly making adjustments and improvements on their products.
In this review we are going to have a look at how the new version is better compared to the original version.
Improvements on the Speed Addict Fearless Mini Quad Frame
Blue Fasteners – Bolts and Nylon Nuts
The frame now comes with Blue 7075 aircraft grade aluminium fasteners as standard. They are very light weight and much better looking.
The original steel bolt weights 0.95g each, and the new blue bolts weights only 0.33g. If we use nearly 40 of these bolts on the fram, they could save us almost 25 grams!
Stronger Frame Design
Frame has been reinforced by adding more carbon material at some places. However the overall weight is still smaller than before thanks to the lighter fasteners.
Front stiffener plate (aka “front bulkhead”) has a new design which now connects to the front camera cage, which makes the camera cage a lot tougher against crashes.
GoPro/Mobius camera cage bottom plate also has been increased from 1.5mm to 3mm.
GoPro/Mobius Camera Cage
The camera cage has been widened to allow a steeper camera tilt.
Originally it was fixed at 20 degree, with 30 degree tilt the side standoff would get in the way of the camera view. With the wider camera cage this is not an issue any more. The 30 degree camera mount can be purchased as accessory.
It also prevents GoPro layerlens banging on the standoff that happened in previous version.
The cage also fits a Xiaomi Yi Camera.
FPV Camera Mount
FPV Camera mount now has a clever design which allows you to choose whether to tilt the camera 20 or 30 degree.
One side of the camera mount has a 20 degree angle, but simply turn the mount around, you get a 30 degree tilt, very neat!
LiPo inside Frame
Lipo battery is now possible to be mounted inside the frame. Not only it protects your battery, you also get a better flight performance as the mass is closer to the axis of rotation.
The max battery height is 36.5mm, and max width is 37.5mm. I can put my 1800mah 4S battery in there easily.
I think the most important improvement is weight. The frame is considerably lighter, without ESC tray it weights 182g after my assembly.
4mm Arms option
There are now 4mm arms available for 265mm config. You can buy them separately, or select it as an option when you purchase the frame.
For a more detailed explanation of the improvement, check out this video from Neill.