Spyder TL-X: the rodeo shoots maybe a hair better, but it also caries an intimidation factor
Spyder victor: smaller framed yet less accurate than the rodeo.
Tippmann 98C: I place the rodeo one step higher, because of better accuracy and better looks.
06' (same style as 05') Spyder pilot ACS
20oz co2, dye sticky grips, J&J ceramic, 7deg reverse tilt assault block.
Always a first with a spyder: feedneck, barrel, and a more comfortable grip.
Design is beautiful
shoots great out of the box
Some flimsy materials where used
Not a lightweight
Not worth upgrading to an e-grip
The spyder Rodeo was the second marker i ever owned. i can still remember the faces on my friends (we were just starting out) when i used that marker for the first time. i had the Camo style green finish on my rodeo so it was really something to behold. This marker is truly a really pleasant marker to shoot and own, especially if your just getting into paintball. It isn't a sharpshooter out of the box, but it will easily hold its own. and it isn't a speed demon on the trigger, but it will shoot plenty fast enough for the beginning player. like all spyders, replace your feed neck when you get it, and pick up a new barrel, and you should be set to have some fun. I wouldn't put a e-grip on this marker unless you already own it, i had one myself that i upped to an e-grip and i must say i wouldn't do it again. for the extra couple bucks you can have yourself a pilot, so i would say just enjoy the gun for what it is, and if you do any upgrades, make sure it just makes you more confidant in the gun. its a force to be reckoned with when you actually believe in you skills and your marker.
If you can find one, then get it (if your moving up in paintball) If not, the new spyder extra is about the same as the rodeo (it uses the same design) so i wouldn't back away from it.