We Received quite a few of the new Hoyt's in today including the much awaited Carbon Element. Last year Hoyt created quite a stir with the Carbon Matrix. I shot a Matrix all year and it without a doubt is the best shooting hunting bow that I have shot to date. However, the price tag ($1600) scared many people away. A Number of people also did not care for the 35" axle-axle. Hoyt has addressed both of these issues with the Carbon Element!
The Carbon Element is driven by the new Fuel Cam. The Fuel Cam is nearly identical to the XTR Cam. The biggest difference is the draw-stop peg. The new peg is much larger, bearing more contact on the bus cable. This gives the cam a very firm back wall without the popping some people get if they come over the peak to quickly. It also seems to have a slightly longer valley with the "A" module position.
I have not had much oppurtunity to run a ton of numbers yet but so far here is what I have.
Hoyt Maxxis 31 and 35
I have had the opportunity to set-up and shoot several of the Maxxis bows from Hoyt. At first glance many will find very little differences between these and last years Alphamax. I will go through and try and show the differences.
Last year Hoyt introduced the XTS 500 limb on their Alphamax series. This limb is a trimmer version of their previous XT 5-layer laminated limbs. This year they have added the XTS Arc limb. This limb is a beyond parallel, pre-stressed limb. It has the same bombproof construction as former Hoyt limbs but with tremendous pre-load. The beyond parallel limb cancels out hand shock and vibration upon release. Because the limb tips are drawn together and move away when fired there is no perceivable forward explosion on release. This makes for an incredibly dead and noise free shot. This limb design also decreases rearward cable travel during the draw cycle allowing Hoyt to incorporate the biggest change in the bow, The In-line Roller Cable Guard.
In-Line Roller Guard:
I have to admit that I have been a huge opponent of roller cable guards over the years. Most roller guards impart a great deal of rotational torque on the bow. This can greatly affect how the bow tunes and shoots. Most bows with roller guards tune well inboard of center. When you draw a bow with this type of guard system in our shooting machine you can stand behind it and watch the sight pin rotate to the right as the tip of the arrow is pushed to the left. (On a RH bow)
When I found out Hoyt had developed a roller guard I was not happy to say the least. I tried to keep an open mind and not jump to conclusions until I had one in my hands. When I got the first Maxxis in I quickly tried to prove that it would exhibit the same tendencies as other roller guards. I am happy and surprised to report that it does not! All of the Maxxis I have set up have tuned right down the center! Also as I draw the bow in the machine the sight pin stays right over the centerline of the arrow shaft through out the draw cycle.
The difference is that, as the name implies, the rollers are in-line and allow the cables to fall in their natural position. They are not forced into a position at static. Also with the beyond-parallel limb most of the cable movement is up and down. Because of this there is very little deflection of the buss cable at full draw.
The roller guard also helps to reduce hysteresis in the cam therefore increasing efficiency. This is where the couple of extra fps is coming from.
The geometry of the Maxxis is identical to the Alphamax however these are new risers. The alignment disc for the Pro-Lock Pocket is much smaller giving the riser a trimmer, sleeker look to it.
The cams on the Maxxis are the XTR cams. This is the same cam used on the Alphamax. Because of this the draw cycle is identical. I do feel a difference on the Maxxis when I let down from full draw though. I believe the difference is actually in the roller guard. When I let down with the Maxxis it pulls out of the valley smoother than with the Alphamax. I do not get that slag period followed by the jerk of the cam.
When I first shot these bows I was amazed that there was even less shock, vibration and noise than the Alphamax! This bow is dead! I received my personal Maxxis 35 on a Thursday afternoon. I quickly installed one of my custom harnesses and set up a Limb Driver rest. Once I had everything roughed in I shot an arrow through paper. Perfect! I moved further from the paper and was able to achieve a perfect hole there as well. I went to a target to sight in. My first arrow was just left of the x. I made a small adjustment and shot again. Arrow 2 was a center x. Arrow 3 Robin Hooded arrow 2! I then mapped my sight out to 100 yards. The next morning at 7:30 I laced a buck at 38 yards here in NH!
My Alphamax 35 was my favorite bow of all time. I can honestly say that with the brief time I have spent with my Maxxis 35 I have no reservations about hanging up the Alphamax.
The advertised IBO speed on the Maxxis 31 is 323fps. I shot the following with a 29 at 70lbs with a loop and G5 Meta Peep installed:
340 ACC Pro w/100gr point, 415gr= 296fps
My Maxxis 35 has an advertised IBO of 318fps. Mine is set at 29 (on a #2 cam), 70lbs. I have one of my custom harnesses on it with a loop and Meta Peep. It is shooting the following:
340 ACC Pro w/100gr point, 420gr= 298fps
3-49 ACC at 353gr= 323fps.
These bows are the whole package. They are light, fast, quiet, dead and most importantly, they shoot like a target bow!
Good Luck and shoot straight!
Hoyt AlphaMax 32 Review
We received a much-awaited AlphaMax 32 here at the shop today! I have been shooting and playing with it for a couple of hours and have to say I am very impressed. Here are my initial thoughts:
When I first saw photos of this bow I though that it was a Hoyt version of the Center-Pivot riser. IT IS NOT! The riser is quite different from previous Tec designs. Gone is the bulky Triax pocket system. It has been replaced by an elongated riser strut and pocket.
The pocket is one piece of solid machined aluminum. The top of the riser forms a triangle and in the center is a round disc. The disc has a Delron type material sandwiched on either side.
The pocket straddles the disc with exceptionally tight tolerances. Even with the string and cables off there is no play in this pocket! Unlike some lightened pockets used today where if you remove the bow from tension the limb and rockers fall off the bow. This system is tight
I admit I was a little concerned when I found out Hoyt was changing their limb. Since 2000 the XT series of limbs have been the best in the industry by far. I am happy to report that I don't think there will be any let down with the new limb. The primary difference is the width of the limb. The old XT limb was ¾ and the new limb is 5/8.
This gives the bow a much trimmer look with out sacrificing strength. Hoyt claims that it will still withstand 1500 dry fires with an 80lb. bow set at 30 draw! At full-draw there is no cam lean on either cam.
The New XTR cam is the latest in the Cam&1/2 family. The force curve is very smooth with a very gradual transition into the let-off. The wall is very solid. The big difference with this cam is that it is adjustable with replaceable modules. The modules can be replaced with out the aid of a bow press. There are many companies that make this claim but this is one of the few where you actually can. Modules are available in ½ increments to really fine tune the fit.
The advertised IBO speed on the AlphaMax 32 is 321. The one I tested was a 29 draw set at 70#s. I shot a 355gr Carbon Express Maxima Hunter at 314f.p.s! This should put it above the advertised speed with a 30 draw. I also had a G5 Meta Peep installed in the string. I then shot a 450gr Easton Full Metal Jacket through the chrono. This combo yielded 284f.p.s. This was right out of the box! I will report back after I put the Works to it. I am sure that I can milk some extra out of it!
I shot the first few arrows with just a Schaffer drop-away rest installed. The bow is exceptionally dead upon release with no forward jump. I could feel the very slightest vibration in the grip after the shot. I installed a sight and a 5 Doinker stabilizer and shot some more. Even with a much smaller stabilizer than I usually use all of the vibration was gone. This bow holds like a rock! I was smashing arrows together with my very first group. I shot through paper just for s&g's and had perfect holes with no additional tuning.
Overall this bow really shoots, is exceptionally quiet and is very dead. One other huge difference is the drastic reduction in weight. The bow alone is advertised at 3.9lbs. I weighed it and it's right on the money. I think this bow will be a tremendous hunting bow offering both speed and shoot ability in a very quiet, compact package. I personally can't wait to get my hands on the AlphaMax 35, as I prefer a slightly longer axle-axle.