Mathews FX Review

Mathews FX

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Mathews FX Review4.753 out of 3 user reviews

Pros

  • Accurate bow with a forgiving brace height
  • Very lightweight
  • 2 different cam systems cover a wide range of draw lengths
  • Draw length can be adjusted on a cam (by 1" or 1/2" depending on a cam)
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Could be a bit faster and quieter
  • Small sight window (for some archers)

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Editors' review

The Mathews FX is an older Mathews bow that was manufactured from 2000 until 2004. This rig comes with two different cam systems covering a very wide range of draw lengths. While the FX is not as quiet as some modern bows, it is pretty forgiving and smooth to draw. Also, the FX is not a speed bow, but it has plenty of speed for many hunting scenarios. Admittedly, this is a very good bow for the money.

Riser, Limbs, and Grip

The Mathews FX is different to many modern bows in that it has a straight riser and non-parallel limbs. The bow is equipped with the Mathews Competition grip. While some archers like this grip, others say it is not as comfortable as they like. So, this really is a matter of personal preference.

Eccentric system

The FX comes with the option of two different eccentric systems that are both smooth to draw. While the original MaxCam covers a range of 27"-31" draws, the Mini MaxCam was designed specifically for shorter-draw-length shooters and is adjustable from 23" to 28" draws. Both cam systems are capable of producing IBO speeds reaching 308 fps.

The original MaxCam system is adjustable from 27" to 31" draws and is reported to be smooth. An Insertia Disc (made from tungsten carbide) is placed on the perimeter of every MaxCam. This design helps to lengthen and strengthen the cam's power stroke resulting in increased speeds and reduced recoil. Draw length is adjustable on the cam a maximum of 1 inch down (in 1/2 inch decrements) from the peak draw length. To adjust the draw length, move the string loop to any of 3 adjustment posts on either side of the cam. The number 1 post is used for the longest draw length for a particular cam. To shorten the draw by 1/2 inch the string needs to be moved to the number 2 post on both sides of the cam. Similarly, the number 3 post is used to shorten the draw length by 1 inch. The MaxCam is available with 65% and 80% let-off.

The Mini MaxCam system was designed specifically for shorter-draw-length shooters (23"-28"). It can be adjusted down from its peak draw length by approximately 1/2 inch. This is accomplished by moving the string loop to the number 2 post on the cam. The Mini MaxCam is available only with 65% let-off.

Draw cycle / Shootability

The FX is reported to be a good shooting bow for the money. While it is not as good as some modern bows, the draw cycle is pretty smooth. Although it's not the quietest bow on the release, the majority of shooters say it's quiet enough for their hunting needs. At a forgiving brace height (7.5") and measuring 34" from axle to axle, the Mathews FX is quite forgiving to shoot. With such specs, it can even be used for 3D shooting.

Silencing system / Quietness and vibration

With a straight riser and non-parallel limbs, the Mathews FX is not the quietest bow out there. However, installing a stabilizer and other silencing components (limb savers, leeches, etc.) make it fairly quiet and helps to reduce shock and vibration.

Short sight window

While this is a good quality bow, some archers find a sight window a tad short. When such shooters move the sight to lower than twenty yards and draw back, some of the sight is obstructed from view by the riser. While this is a problem for some hunters, others never complain about it.

Mathews FX vs. Mathews Drenalin / Switchback / Reezen 7.0

While the FX is a good quality bow at a very reasonable price (at the used bow market), with today's technology, you can get a better quality bow with better performance at lower draw weights. So, if money is not an issue, consider other Mathews bows with similar specs: Mathews Drenalin, Mathews Switchback, or even Mathews Reezen 7.0. While these rigs are more expensive, they are also more enhanced and deliver better performance. However, if you are on the budget, a good quality used Mathews FX should serve you well.
Bow Mathews FX Mathews Drenalin Mathews Switchback Mathews Reezen 7.0
Version 2004 (MaxCam) 2009 2007 2010
Picture Mathews FX Mathews Drenalin Mathews Switchback Mathews Reezen 7.0
Brace Height 7.5 " 7 " 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 34 " 33 " 33 " 32 "
Draw Length 27 " - 31 " 25 " - 30 " 25 " - 30 " 24.5 " - 30.5 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 308 fps 320 fps 318 fps 335 fps
Weight 3.3 lbs 3.85 lbs 4.34 lbs 4.1 lbs
Let-Off 65% or 80% 65% or 80% 65% or 80% 80%
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Summary

To conclude, the Mathews FX is a quality hunting bow at a very reasonable price. While the FX is not the quietest bow out there, installing a decent silencing package will make it quiet enough for hunting. Admittedly, the FX is a good shooting and accurate hunting bow. However, it is not as good as some of the modern (and more expensive) rigs. Despite being discontinued, this bow is still considered as a very good value for the money at the used bow market. Overall, it's a good choice for beginners who want to get a quality bow, save money, and don't mind sacrificing speed.
Mathews FX Review4.753



User Reviews

  • 3 reviews
  • ( out of 3 reviews for all versions)
  1. Good bow for the money, I bought it to learn how to work on bows.

    Version: 2004 Mathews FX (Mini MaxCam)

    Rating:  

    Pros: Easy to adjust and work on…

    Cons: I don’t like any bow that doesn’t have new technology for adjusting DL, but I didn’t buy it for the new tech.

    Full review:
    Shoots well for what I bought it for: paper punching and learning to work on bows…..I have it set for 57# draw weight, 27" DL, truglo sights, rip cord rest, it’s easy to shoot!!! It’s fun to adjust strings and different things to see what effect it has on bow…

  2. first and only bow I have owned. I don’t really have a reason to switch

    Version: 2000 Mathews FX (Mini MaxCam)

    Rating:  

    Pros: This bow is small and light, but it packs plenty of punch.

    Cons: The bow does seem a little on the noisy side, but it can be made a little quieter with string silencers and such.

    Full review:
    I think simple and effective set ups are good for hunting and that is what you get with the Matthews FX bow. I shoot Easton Axis arrows out of my FX using expandable broadheads. The bow generates plenty of energy to take down whitetails. I would imagine you can spend more money on a quieter and smoother bow, but the FX delivers when you need it to. I have been hunting with mine now for about 10 years and the bow has been very dependable for me. I use the minimax cam in order to set up for a shorter draw length. The FX is everything I would expect in a good hunting bow.

    Pros:
    Light, Small, Forgiving Brace Height

    Cons:
    Noise and Speed

  3. Set up very good shoots great love the light weight of it very nice bow

    Version: 2004 Mathews FX (Mini MaxCam)

    Rating:  

    Pros: Light weight quiet fast shooting

    Cons: I like everything about this bow

    Full review:
    I have truglo sights truglo stabilizer and limb saver scilencers new string wasting carbon arrows shoot great in it and shwacker broad heads truglo quiver draw weight is 70 pounds draw length 29in.. custom arrows


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