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Thread: Hoyt Excel vs. Titan???

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    Hoyt Excel vs. Titan???

    I currently have a 21" Excel that I like a lot, but always looking to improve. I don't compete, use bows for hunting. What are the advantages/disadvantages of the two risers as far as hunting combo's go. I know this is subjective, but would it be worth moving up to a Titan, if so, why?



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    It's a better foundation and IMHO as the cost reflects a higher quality piece of equipment

    Not that the Excel is not an excellent entry level bow

    IMHO the Titan is one of the finest aluminum risers out there

    Design wise a lot of thought has been put into it

    Will it make you a better shooter ? I don't know but pride of ownership has always gone along way for me

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    Great Topic... I have the same doubt about the best riser, but for me It's for 3D.

    I always see comparatives between Excel and Titan. Is there more good options ??? or Are these riser the best ???

    Someone can help me ???

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    I've shot the TitanIII, and absolutely love it.
    I was actually considering purchasing one, but them not offing it in a 21" held me back.
    I'm glad it did, because I wound up getting the 21"Excel, and must say I absolutely love it also.

    The balance of the Excel is just as good as the Titan.
    The only option I see the Titan has over the Excel is the limb alignment adjustment, which is kind of a moot point, since my limbs align perfectly on the Excel.
    I will say, the Titan is a much better looking riser, but calling the Excel "Entry Level" is no where near a fair description.

    I am convinced I could have spent a lot more for what are considered higher end "expert level" risers, and been no better off than I am with the Excel.

    Rick

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    I hated the black plastic grip that comes stock on the Excel, but there is quite a variety of interchangeable grip options for it.
    I put the Hoyt wood ortho grip on it, and could not be happier.

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    I was considering purchasing a Titan III as well, but bought the Excel instead and couldn't be any happier about the bow and the money I saved. The Excel has all the features I was looking for in an intermediate level bow. I also replaced the plastic grip with an Ortho wood grip. The blackout finished Excel combined with a set of Black Max limbs is a fine shooter! I am sure the Titan is a fine bow too, but I just couldn't justify spending that much coin.

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    If you shoot both side by side with heavier hunting limbs you will notice a huge difference. The Titan is just dead at the shot and my Excel is a bit lively at the shot. Remember that the Excel was designed to be a kids and entry level target riser, not really meant for the weight that we shoot. IMO get the Titan and you will sell the hoyt.

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    I agree with marc and JParanee. The Titan III is one of the best risers I've ever shot and I believe stiffer. If yo can afford it buy the Titan.

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    My limbs on the Excel scale out at well over 60# at my draw, and it's very stable throughout the entire shot sequence.
    I doubt very seriously spending the extra 250 bucks would make it shoot, or feel any differently for me.

    I'd still love to have a Titan III just because they really look good, but they don't make them in a 21".

    Rick

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    I've owned both, shot both extensively and can say from experience that I prefer the Titan III. It is designed to be a barebow riser. It balances better without a stabilizer, has pockets within the riser to add weights, is heavier and has very nice limb alignment assembly. The Excel is a nice riser but is quite lightweight does not balance as well without a stabilizer and has no method for limb alignment. It also costs less than 1/2 as much so that has to be a big factor in your decision. My only complaint about the Titan III is that the grip does not fit very well and on a riser that is that expensive fit and finish should be near perfect. I was promised a new one when they become available from Lancasters but have not yet seen it (that was in September btw).
    A true sportsman counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport. - S. Pope

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    The Excel riser will outshoot most people, including myself. I have had both and liked them both. I liked the mass weight of the Titan but I added weight to the Excel by adding a xspot 12 oz weight in the stabilizer bushing. You cant go wrong with either riser. I would rather spend a little more money on a set of quality limbs.

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    The Titan III Riser with Black Max Limbs or superior, compared with Hoyt Hunting Bows (Buffalo / Dorado / Gamme Master II) for 3D competition and sometimes Hunting.

    What do you say me ??? I ask, because I never shoot with none these bows.

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    Como on Guys, I need your help.

    Next month I'll go to the USA to buy my bow and your opnios are very important for me.

    Thank you very much.

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    In addition to the Titan III and Excel (21") I have owned a Buffalo (62" AMO 40#@28"). The Buffalo is a nice bow but limb swaps will run you $300+ and there is no plunger hole to use a plunger and elevated rest. It was designed to shoot 'off the shelf' and works good for that. Of the 3 I still own the Titan III and the others have been sold. All nice, just a matter of what you want from your bow.
    A true sportsman counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport. - S. Pope

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