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September 2nd, 2014, 08:43 AM
Im a new shooter, Ill probably just shoot in my back yard. I have found these two models (new old stock) both are priced about the same. which would make a more enjoyable all around bow, which has a better track record, and can both be completely serviced by a d.i.y. er? I know there are more things to consider when buying an older bow for example can parts still be purchased etc. so all adivce would be great. Im 6ft ,200lbs. both bows are 29" I don't know what my dl is, but according to a chart I could be in between 28" to 29". Im glad to join the forum and thanks for the help

September 2nd, 2014, 10:31 AM
I don't have any experience with the black ice but I bought my son a marquis a couple of years ago. If he wasn't a lefty I probably would have kept it for myself. When the marquis came out it was marketed as a small step above the black ice. The first year it was out , the string stop was integrated into the roller guard. The next year the separated them, which to me was a big improvement. It's a smooth bow with decent speed, quiet and easy to tune. I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

September 24th, 2014, 07:58 PM
I have both a 2007 Black Ice and a 2008 Marquis. The BI is easier to draw but slower than the Marquis. While both bows use inter-changeable modules for draw length, they can be adjusted by moving the draw stop peg. I don't know if Diamond still have the draw charts on the web site, but if not I'd be glad to email them to you.

I have a 28.5 draw length and use a 28 inch module on both bows. By moving the draw stop I can get the draw to my length.

These bows are not speed demons on a par with the newer bows, but you can get plenty of kinetic energy, enough to kill deer or elk.

Both bows are dead simple to tune, although a press is helpful. They are single cam which makes tuning much simpler than a dual cam bow.

I don't know what you paid for these bows, but if they were still new in the box and you got them for less than $300 each you got a deal imho.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy mine.