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I am researching what is currently offered, so I can replace my 10 year old Excalibur Equinox which has been a great bow. I have looked at most of the models offered by various manufacturers and believe I have narrowed my choices down to either the Scorpyd Aculeus or Nemesis.
I have read the various comments and reviews from folks on this forum that actually own these bows and would like to know if the Aculeus has been a reliable and trouble free bow for those that own one. I see many that have purchased the new Nemesis are having trouble with premature serving wear possibly caused by cam lean. Does the Aculeus have a one piece riser? Can I expect once set up and timed correctly at the beginning of hunting season the Aculeus would be good to go for the season. My concern after having the recurve crossbow is during hunting season I mainly want to hunt not be tuning my bow, however I do like the increased power and flatter trajectory offered by the faster bow and is frequent tuning and adjustment the price I would have to pay for that performance. Also would I be able to decock the bow with the Acudraw crank system. In general would the Aculeus be more trouble free than the newer Nemesis as the speed of both is fine for me. I can not find any dealers close to me (north central Pa) where I can physically look at one of these but am assuming because of the rear riser it would be an easier bow to hold than my older Excalibur.
I know there are a lot of knowledgeable folks on here and thank you for any that have time to respond.
 

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I own 2 Aculeus. A 175 and a 460. I change the string on all my bows every year and cables every 2 years. I probably have about 800 shots on each of these bows every year. Both bows have been trouble free. I have had the 175 since it came out a few years and the 460 since the end of first year it came out. They are extremely accurate and easy to change string and cables and tune without a press. I put about 30 shots on a new string then tune bow and have never had to touch them again untill I change cables. My string and serving are still good after 800 shots and could go another 800 but I get string and cables from Marty at a third of the cost of a manufacturer set and they are better. I keep my string waxed and put a small amount of black Lightning on center serving every 15 shots.
 

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I own 2 Aculeus. A 175 and a 460. I change the string on all my bows every year and cables every 2 years. I probably have about 800 shots on each of these bows every year. Both bows have been trouble free. I have had the 175 since it came out a few years and the 460 since the end of first year it came out. They are extremely accurate and easy to change string and cables and tune without a press. I put about 30 shots on a new string then tune bow and have never had to touch them again untill I change cables. My string and serving are still good after 800 shots and could go another 800 but I get string and cables from Marty at a third of the cost of a manufacturer set and they are better. I keep my string waxed and put a small amount of black Lightning on center serving every 15 shots.
Thank you for your response Rit, what is the difference between a 175 and 460?
 

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I own 2 Aculeus. A 175 and a 460. I change the string on all my bows every year and cables every 2 years. I probably have about 800 shots on each of these bows every year. Both bows have been trouble free. I have had the 175 since it came out a few years and the 460 since the end of first year it came out. They are extremely accurate and easy to change string and cables and tune without a press. I put about 30 shots on a new string then tune bow and have never had to touch them again untill I change cables. My string and serving are still good after 800 shots and could go another 800 but I get string and cables from Marty at a third of the cost of a manufacturer set and they are better. I keep my string waxed and put a small amount of black Lightning on center serving every 15 shots.
Also Rit do you use a rope cocker or the crank on your bows?
 

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I have accudraw on both. About 10fps. The 460 has square washers on limb bolts instead of round. It is my understanding that new Aculeus ordered from Scorpryd have a better cam than my bows do Gen7 cams verses my Gen6. I have no problems with mine
 

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I am in the boonies, closest town would be Port Allegheny or Coudersport Pa.
I'm out here near Greensburg, Pa. not far from Pittsburgh. I don't know of any dealer around here that stocks Scorpyds either.
The Nemesis and the Aculeus are almost the same bow but the Nemesis is narrower and is hard on center servings but, its being addressed, its just taking a while. I have a treatment for the center serving that prolongs the wear but it's not a cure. There's a guy on here that has come up with a cure but, its in the trial stages. If your on the fence wait a month or so until you make your purchase to see how it pans out. I have the Nemesis and it is a really nice bow but, I cannot compare it exclusively to an Aculeus as I don't have one nor ever shot one.
 

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My Aculeus has loose fitting limbs in the pockets so there is some down pressure on the rail like the Nemesis but not quite as bad. The serving wear is also like the Nemesis. I bought it this year and has the newer gen 7 cams. I have maybe 100 shots on the strings and cables. I flipped the string around just to be safe to get through hunting season. The left latch is doing the damage. The right side is fine.

The rubber string stops wore out in a hurry. The string cut through them within 100 shots. They are set just touching the string.

It's a great shooter once you find the right arrows and learn the bow.

If you want speeds over 400fps they come with a price tag IMO and more TLC. Also you will need a 20x20 blob for broadheads and a good fp target

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Thanks for your reply Yelpy, are you aware of other Aculeus owners that do not have the newer Gen 7 cams and still have the serving wear issues. Also on these compound bows is string down pressure on the rail required for the bow to shoot right. My old bow (recurve style) has no down pressure on the rail, but it also does not use clip on nocks. It would seem to me the string should be centered on the arrow shaft diameter and in the slot on the nock, or is some down pressure needed to help hold the arrow down on the rail.
 

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I have 2 other Scorpyds and both of them have very little if any down pressure on the string over they rail. They shoot just fine. The down pressure over the rail is not needed it just causes more friction and wear.

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And the Aculeus is a one piece riser.

I'm not certain of anyone else having the Aculeus with the gen 7 cams and from what I been reading like you, I don't see many if any problems with the Aculeus posted.
 
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