Not... Wheels have been around since compounds came about. I'm not a speed guy but the speed seems way down on this rig as should be expected with no cam to produce it. And yes it draws smooth. Even the compounds of the 80's drew smooth. I could careless about how smooth a bow draws. I'm more concerned about how smooth a bow is while shooting, shock in the hand a 1/2 second after the shot and how loud a bow is when shot. IMHO Mathews has not been #1 in these 3 areas in prob. 3 or 4 yrs. Even when comparing thier single cam bows to double cam bows. Not a Mathews hater but they didn't reinvent the wheel here... No pun intended.
I don't know if anyone does but I have had probably 7 Mathews shooters shoot my Bowtech and 6/7 have switched. Not saying Bowtech is the greatest but they may have all 3 in my list covered very well or equally. I recently practiced before a hunt with two Mathews shooters and a Hoyt shooter that never shot or shot with a Bowtech. At my first shot they were like "what was that PHHHHHHHt?" " was that your bow?" WOW that thing is dead silent". While thier's were twanging and doinking at the shot. It was only then I realized how quiet my bow was. And my bow is a 2011 and thiers are all new or one year old. Not that I'm a Bowtech fan boy but I always want to hunt with the smoothest and quietest bow I can. How deer don't jump at the shot of either of those fella's three bows is beyond me. But as the saying goes... To each his own.
you are right. With speed comes many hard to tame gremlins. I have shot Hoyt, Bowtech, Mathews, Jennings, Bear and Parker and Bowtech is the one that was the bow that covered all three areas that I consider the most inportant factors in the making of a up close and personal hunting rig. Until one of the other "Big 4" top it I'll stick with what I have and invite everyone that comes around to shoot my rig.
I watched some youtube videos of the new htr and they stated arrow speed of 330fps. Yes it's a round circular cam but in the video they show a close up of the cam during full draw. To me it looks like it still doesn't spin circular as the cam doesn't stay centered and the whole axle and bearing moves oblong. jmo
I read some real life testing with normal hunting setups and max anyone got out of it was 268 fps. Those 330 fps are using the lightest arrow possible. Nothing even close to what you would run through it while hunting.
I shot it today and was not impressed. I'm looking for a reason to buy a new bow and turn my Z7 into a backup but I have not found one I like more than the Z7. I have high hopes for the Elite 32 when I get around to trying it out.