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Bow Report: Hoyt AlphaMax 32

Hoyt AlphaMax 32 Bow Report

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Hoyt Alpha Max 32 Bow ReportThe AlphaMax bows embody Hoyt’s most recent innovations in compound design to meet the archery fraternity’s continuing demand for improved performance, shock and vibration free, strong and durable but lighter weight, pleasant shooting bows. First they redesigned the handle. Already a highly effi cient space frame, they milked close to half-a-pound of weight out of it but maintained the basic Tec appearance and structural integrity by reorienting the strut members to form a more effi cient truss. This permitted machining them to thinner and lighter dimensions. Second they redesigned the limb attachment system substituting the new ZT (Zero Tolerance) Lock Pocket that clamps the limb elements tightly in a skeletal structure. This pocket design increases the length of engagement with the limb butts by about 5/8 inch and increases the distance from the centerlinemaintained the basic Tec appearance and structural integrity by reorienting the strut members to form a more efficient truss. This permitted machining them to thinner and lighter dimensions.

Second they redesigned the limb attachment system substituting the new ZT (Zero Tolerance) Lock Pocket that clamps the limb elements tightly in a skeletal structure. This pocket design increases the length of engagement with the limb butts by about 5/8-inch and increases the distance form the centerline of the limb bolt to the center of the pivot by over an inch. While I couldn’t measure the weight differential, I estimate that they saved some ounces there as well.

Third, the width of the limb elements was reduced from 3/4 inch to 5/8 inch, and while the length of the limbs is essentially the same; the thickness of the elements has increased to maintain bending strength. This also contributes to weight saving. Forth, the AlphaMax bows use a new XTR modular Cam & 1/2 designed especially for these bows. Fifth and finally, a simple string suppression system has been added to dampen noise and vibration that originates in the bowstring. That’s five major changes incorporated in these new bows to make them appeal to the discerning archer.

The AlphaMax 32 is built on a fully machined, aluminum-alloy handle with an overall length of 26 inches. The familiar Tec Lite handle shape is reflexed 2 inches measured from a straight line passing through limb pivot points to the low point of the grip. Hoyt has adopted the strutted handle configuration for practically all of its bows with the exception of a couple of bow fishing compounds and several traditional recurves. It’s an engineering fact that strutted handles can be made more rigid under load and tougher to withstand stress and abuse than those without struts.

This handle features a single tapped (5/16-24) hole for arrow rest or plunger mounting centered 1 inch above the shelf and 1/8 inch forward of a vertical line through the low point of the grip. *Read the rest of the report by downloading the PDF

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