I have a new Helim and really have not abused it or over shot the string for what I am seeing right now. My original Zebra string has a lot of areas that are showing fuzzing and especially in one area I suspect I might even have a broken strand. I saw some fuzz that had what looked like two clear pieces of almost like tiny fishing line sticking out.
My cables and servings all look great.
What I am thinking about doing is buying a new string only. I am considering a Winners choice but if you all have another recommendation I would be glad to hear it.
In the past I have never had issues with Zebra strings and I think for what they are they have done well on my other Mathews bows.
Will it be OK to replace just this string and keep my Zebra cables, or is it a bad idea to mix string materials/brands?
I think my current string will last a bit longer but I sure don’t like how its looking in such a short time. (7 months).
BillIs the peep or d-loop rotating or moving? If they were that might indicate broken strands in the string. First I’d maintain the string and cables with a good waxing or similar to protect it.
To me if I replaced the string I’d replace the cables at the same time.I have noticed something is going on with the peep. I have one with the tube on it so it always pulls into place but at rest I have seen that it does not come back to the same spot each time.
BillWhen I first got into compound bows I had a peep with tube on it for about a year. I found out one time when the tube broke how much speed it robs from your bow. Try shooting it once without the tube – on second thought don’t. Your arrow will be launched over your target. It take energy out of your shot and reduces the KE in your arrow. In hunting that might mean a missed shot or poor penetration.
From what you’re saying I’d get the string and cables replaced with the same maker and same materials. I know some guys recommend mixing the it up by using one material for the cables and another for the string. I have not seen any real proof as to why other than their recommendations. Then I’d have a tubeless peep put in once you have shot a couple hundred arrows. The string and cable will settle in after stretching in those first shots. Installing the peep then should give you solid performance without a tube.
Joined: 7/21/2004Hey Bill
I’d say replace cable and string with whatever make you decide and start shooting again.
BowDrawn is correct in my opinion. Ditch the tube peep.
Once the string/cable set has settled, and the peep adjusted or installed correctly, you won’t need a tube.
Fletcher makes a good peep along with Meta (G5) and a few others. I prefer the Meta or Fletcher over others I’ve tried.
Taking the weight off the string (especially in the center) will give you some extra speed. Be prepared to adjust your pins (as BowDrawn stated).Ditto on what the guys are saying about that tube type peep setup, not to mention getting popped in the eye by a broken tube.JerryGot a set on order. Went with Vapor Trail. Supposed to be a prestreatched string (sounds like many are) and little to no peep twist. I have a peep I can swap out if that is the case.
Location: NCThat’s great info on the peep tube – I had no idea it made a difference. Once I get my string broke in, I’ll certainly try that too.UPDATE, New string (Vapor Trail) etc installed. I actually went back to my tubeless peep and it is solid with no rotation. Upon closer look on my old string that fraying plus the clear pieces was actually a broken strand in the bundle. Glad I decided to change it out. I think if I did not have the tube on my other peep it would have been twisting around a lot. The old tube kept it true but I knew something was up. Maybe lesson learned but perhaps some guys with rotating peeps could also have a broken strand and not just creep or string stretch……………
Got the bow all tuned back pretty fast too.
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