Diamond Fear No Evil Review
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Editors' reviewThe team at Bowtech was asked to produce a special edition rig for Chris Brackett and Fear No Evil TV, thus we have the Diamond Fear No Evil bow, sold through Dick's Sporting Goods. Many say what came about was the re-introduction of the Deadeye, but with new stickers. Regardless, with a 32" ATA, 6 1/8" brace height, and an outstanding 343 fps IBO, this rig will not disappoint. This rig is fast and accurate, and will fit well on the 3D range or the tree stand.
FinishThis bow comes in the Realtree APG camo in the In-Velvet finish. The In-Velvet finish is soft to the touch, and helps reduce noise when banged around during normal use.
Risers/LimbThe riser is a fully machined lightweight aluminum riser. The ends of the riser are capped with a pair of Center Lock limb pockets that ensure the utmost precision and accuracy. These limb pockets were created using a proprietary machining process that removes all tolerances between the riser and limbs within the limb pockets. This creates a critical alignment necessary to produce accuracy. The limbs for this bow are 7-layered laminated limbs that provide increased power and durability. This is a very reliable technology where each layer works in conjunction with the other allowing for better stress distribution across the entire limb. This single piece limb design generates power shot-after-shot. These limbs come in 60# and 70# peak weights. The weight can be adjusted approximately 10# by turning out the limb bolts.
Other ComponentsThis bow also comes with FLX-Guard cable guide that reduces cable torque and vibration instead of directing it to the riser, rotating modules that make adjustment to draw length simple, a twin-machined center-lock limb pocket system for exceptional accuracy, hand-built hand-stretched Octane strings that are reliable and reduce string stretch to almost zero, and a carbon rod string stop. If this rig is purchased with the Ready-Aim-Kill package, it also comes with a wrist sling, quiver, Hostage rest, and a stabilizer.
Eccentric SystemThe Fear No Evil is a single-cam bow that features Diamond's Throttle Cam Technology. This is purported to be the fastest single cam technology on the market today. This cam setup generates a 343 fps IBO. Not only does this cam create speed, it has an easily adjustable draw stop that helps to eliminate creep making this bow easy to shoot.The cam also contains a rotating module for adjusting the draw length. The draw can be set for 26" - 30" in 1/2" increments without the need of a bow press and only using only a hex wrench. The draw length can be further adjusted in 1/16" increments by using the draw stop. The cam also allows for easy adjustment of the draw stop, giving the bow up to 80% let-off.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThis rig is shootable and accurate, but does have a fairly aggressive draw cycle. It starts hard and builds throughout the cycle until it reaches let-off, and there is a pretty stiff hump to get over to transition to let-off. This aggressive cam, combined with the strong limbs and riser kick out an arrow at 343 fps IBO on a very flat line. If the draw stop is properly adjusted, this rig can be held firmly at let-off as it has a pretty solid back wall. The quality of this special edition bow is outstanding, just as you would expect from a Bowtech product. Once the shooter gets used to the stiff draw cycle, everything else will fall into place. With virtually no vibration, a solid feel, and some excellent speed, the shooter will be sending arrows downrange with precision and ease. The peak draw weights for the FNE are 60# and 70# and can be adjusted approximately 10# by turning out the limb bolts.
Silencing PackageThe Diamond Fear No Evil was a special edition bow and has some built-in noise elimination features, but you would expect it to be quieter out of the box. The rig comes with an FLX-guard cable guard to absorb cable torque and reduces vibration and noise by transferring it to the riser. The carbon rod string stop also does a good job at reducing string noise, but this is all the rig comes with for noise suppression. The addition of some string silencers, limb dampeners, and a quality stabilizer will make this rig virtually silent.
|Bow||Diamond Fear No Evil||Martin Alien|
|Brace Height||6.125 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||32 "||32 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 30 "||25.5 " - 30.5 "|
|Draw Weight||50 lbs - 70 lbs||35 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||343 fps||335 fps|
|Weight||3.95 lbs||3.5 lbs|
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Since the Fear No Evil is said to be the re-introduction of the Deadeye, it seems reasonable to compare the two, but let's not. The FNE is also comparable to the Martin Alien. The FNE offers 8 fps more than the Alien, but is 8 fps really noticeable? The Alien also has a slightly wider brace height at 7", less than one inch more than the FNE. The Martin offers the shooter an extra inch of total draw length than does the FNE, but both are fast, smooth, and accurate. The FNE is also an inch shorter ATA. Both of these bows easily fit into any archery situation. Since the Alien is not a special edition bow, and is sold through more than one outlet, it can be found in a variety of color schemes, where the FNE is sold through Dick's Sporting Goods, or online only, and only comes in one color pattern. Each of these rigs uses proprietary cam systems, producing considerable speed, and each uses a rotating module for draw length adjustments. The Alien lists for $800 for the bare bow, while the FNE list for $699 bare bow. Each can be ordered in a Ready-to-Hunt package for an additional $150, as can most bows purchased today. The Diamond Fear No Evil also comes with the usual lifetime warranty given to all Bowtech products.