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Last year’s comparison of the Heli-M to the Z7 was a very popular feature and many have requested a repeat for 2013.  Here we take a look at the all new 2013 Creed vs. the Heli-M.

First, a quick look at the specs of both bows:

2013 Mathews Creed

Speed: 328 FPS
Axle to Axle Length: 30″
Brace Height: 7”
Draw Length: 26” to 30”
Peak Draw Weights: 50, 60, 70 lbs.
Riser: machined aluminum
Cam system: Solocam
Weight: 3.85 lbs.
Let-Off: 80%
MSRP: $999

2012/13 Mathews Heli-M

Speed 332 FPS
Axle to Axle Length 30″
Brace Height 7”
Draw Length 26″-30”
Peak Draw Weights 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 lbs.
Riser: machined aluminum
Cam system: Solocam
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Let-Off 80%
MSRP $959

Summary:  There is not a lot of difference in specs between the two bows.  The Creed is rated 4 fps slower, weighs a bit more and has a higher cost for 2013.  It also has the all new Simplex Cam and split limbs.

Physical comparison of the 2013 Mathews Creed and Heli-M

Now let’s look at both bows with the axles lined up (Heli-M highlighted in blue, Creed black):

2013 Mathews Creed vs. Heli-M

This view has the axles of both bows shown lined up.  According to the specs, both bows are 30″ ATA.  The difference in the new Simplex Cam vs. the Heli-M cam is very apparent.  Simplex cams and idlers are significantly larger overall than their predecessors.  According to Mathews, the Simplex with the Creed is the smoothest drawing Solocam bow ever made.

Another big difference is in the limb geometry.  Not only does the Creed have split limbs, but they have more a pre-load and even curve to them than the Heli-M.  The Heli-M solid limbs have more of a bend in the middle rather than the continuous curve of the Creed limbs, which look a lot more akin to the Monster series of bows (which coincidentally also use split limbs.)

Since both bows have a 7″ ATA, this view shows them lined up at the handle and string location:

2013 Mathews Creed vs. Heli-MThis view let’s us get a slightly different look at the differences.  The brace heights appear identical and the overall shape of the risers is very similar.  Here we can see that the pre-load on the Reverse Assist Roller Guard is much higher on the Heli-M than the Creed.  There looks to be over a inch in difference in the length of the cable guard arm.

It’s notable that the Heli-M dropped from two to one limb mounted dampers and the Creed eliminates them altogether; I assume this may have to due with the fact that the cam/idler wheel are so much larger that using the limb mounted dampers may have been an issue.  The  Dead End String Stop is much higher on the Creed, most likely due to there being no other string dampers and this position is more effective.

Is the Creed a better bow than the Heli-M because of the changes?  Only the shooter can decide!  It is certainly a departure from the Z7 series that Mathews has been riding for several years.  Changing from their solid limb to a split limb and losing the limb mounted dampers are big changes for the Mathews Solocam series and time will tell if the changes are welcome or not.

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