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Olympic Legend Gives GMX Big Thumbs Up

Photos by Andy MacDonald

1/05/2009

Simon Fairweather on the smooth-shooting GMX

"Hi George

Just put a few arrows through the new bow. The arrows seem to be tuning a little stiff compared with the set-up I was using before with 620 ACE and 100grn points. The previous set-up was 30#  limbs, and a Matrix handle. So I might look at heavier points depending on how the sight settings go at the longer distances.

I like the grip much more than any of the other Hoyt bows previously – both the throat of the riser and the shape of the grip. I normally modify the grips, raising an edge down the left edge, however I might leave this one alone for now!

I’ve read other peoples accounts of shooting the new bow and they have mentioned that it is very good as far as vibration goes. I agree, and am quite happy with how it feels with no Doikers or Beiter washers at all – just a short ACE long rod and a single cap (remembering that it is only in the mid 30# range). I haven’t shot a bow that good in the vibration range since the first Nishizawa bows I shot in the early ‘90s – so big thumbs up on that front.

I’m looking forward to taking it down to the club and seeing how we go at some distance.

So, great job by you and the troops at Hoyt, well done.

Regards,

Simon Fairweather
"

 

Andy MacDonald, Simon's photographer and an enthusiastic archer in his own right, had this to say about he GMX:

Simon Fairweather has used Hoyt recurves to good measure before.

A World Championship with a green Hoyt Gold Medalist and an Olympic Gold Medal with a green Hoyt Axis.

 

So what does such an experienced archer look for when he decides to get back into the sport?

 

Well, being green and Hoyt has seemed to be a winning combination for him so far....

 

I've seen a few photos of GMX's around on the Internet, but this is my first look at some 990TX's as well.

If I'm going to see something new, I may as well see an entire package.

 

A GMX in the flesh is a bit like a good Internet Dating experience. When you finally see the real thing, it's actually better than you thought it might be.

(Let me tell you that this only happens about one time in forty.)

 

There are a few methods of designing things.

One method that I tend to like seeing is the "Absolutely bulletproof"

approach.

While this can be asthetically pleasing, sometimes it just doesn't suit everything.

 

Imagine if you will, a female bodybuilder. They can look "bulletproof" and attractive, but not particularly feminine.

Some can look quite scary. (And no, I haven't run into any of them while online dating.) So what does this all have to do with a GMX?

Just a concept really.

The GMX strikes me as a comfortably slender design.

Not so slender that you think that you're going to break it, like tossing a medicine ball to Calista Flockhart, but something you can look at and decide that it's well made to do the job.

 

Upon being handed Simon's GMX, I was quite taken with the weight, or the lack of it.

  

 

Hoyt risers have been evolving since the original Gold Medalist. It was a nice shape of course and will always be regarded as a classic, but each new model riser has had more emphasis placed in not just being functional and working well, but also looking good.

 

I truly didn't appreciate the difference in the GMX until I'd actually held it in my hand.

 

Simon had already noted that he didn't think he'd modify the grip because it is quite nice already. I totally agree. It's so nice in fact, that I'm now less happy with my plastic putty modification effort on my Axis grip, which now has another styling session booked with Mr Dremel tomorrow.

 

The cut outs in the limb pockets are a nice touch.

 

Halfway between traditional full pockets and the lack of confidence inspiring (until you get used to it) no-pocket design, they let you see exactly how much of the limb root is safely hidden behind that Hoyt limb bolt that we have grown to love.

 

I've wanted to know where the bolt and limb root touch for a while, but the amount of effort to find out just outweighed the interest.

Now I have seen where the limb root sits against the limb bolt, I know that I never really needed to wonder and I can redirect my effort to other great mysteries of the Universe.

 

 

If you have a GMX and start doing some weight or tiller adjustments with the string on, you're sure to instill the same feeling that I felt, in every other recurve archer that can see you do it. Imagine sitting at the lights in your Pagani Zonda and a Bugatti Veyron pulls up next to you.

 

Now you love your Zonda just a little bit less, even if Jessica Alba is in beside you with her hand on your knee.

 

The 990TX's look interesting.

 

My 900CX's are slightly heavier in draw weight, so I expected some difference. Someone on the Internet suggested that the 990TX's are thicker.

Well, I don't believe it.

They have a nice little metal bit under the limb fitting attachment point on the face.

I'd like to say that I had a shot of them, but I forgot to ask as I was taking photos and making the most of the opportunity to shoot alongside Simon.

 

His first arrow thunked into the x ring and then he steadily hammered the gold, which lead me to believe that his absence from the sport actually hasn't been long enough to give me any advantage.

 

So I elected to challenge him arrow for arrow BEFORE he finished adjusting his GMX.

 

This slight advantage was quickly eroded for two reasons:

 

1. Minor Reason - No need for him to unstring to tweak tiller or draw weight.

2. Overwhelmingly Major Reason - He's a LOT better archer to start with.

 

Because Simon was picking on the gold so much, I decided to get better value for money from the target face by using some of the other colours as well.

 

For a bow running at less than 40lb, the GMX 990TX pushed out the A/C/E's with 100 grain points with some authority. If ever there was another nail in the coffin for my impending membership with Overbowed Anonymous, it was this setup.

 

Simon pointed out that if you weren't up to training every day, but still wanted to shoot the longer distances, you couldn't really complain about this level of performance.

 

I'd have to agree.

 

Unfortunately I can't offer any observations on shot feel although I drew the GMX / 900TX combination several times before we packed up for the day.

It's the top-of-the-line Hoyt limb, so it's hardly going to feel like dragging duct tape off a Doberman. Of course it's smooth.

Simon did report though, that the shot feel is dampened extremely well with just riser, limbs and basic stabilization.

 

This is going to be a popular combination.

 

It would be just perfect if it came with Jessica Alba to hand you your arrows.

 

 

 


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