Diamond has a very good reputation of making reliable, and easy adjusting bows. The best part about diamond archery is that it target archers and hunters of all skill levels, no matter they are novice or advanced archers. When I asked from my hunters community about these 2 bows, most hunters was in favor of Sb-1, But I still wanted to know why?
After confusing about both of them, I decided to purchase them both and test them in hunting field, with bow fishing and indoor target shooting. With high adjustability, Both of these bows are versatile and durable, that makes them perfect for little archers. Diamond manufacture the best kid’s compound bows around.
When infinite Edge was introduced in the market, the series moved a huge leap forward. The bows made by diamond archery are in mid to low price range. You can find diamond archery bows as low as $229 and as high as $749, which still is hundred of dollars lower than the top of the line bows by Bowtech. Diamond bows are easily available at any local outdoor store as they offers a list of 26 models. They offered single-cam originally but later on they diversified their cam system when they merged with the bowtech.
Diamond bows are highly durable ever since its made. They are among the TOP competitors in the business of bows especially compounds because of their extreme durability, I found very few hunters complaining about the durability of cams and strings which then was solved by their customer service instantly.
Infinite Edge Pro Vs. Edge SB-1 : Features / Specs
I have compared all features and specifications of both bows so you can easily select your required one.
|Features/Specs||Infinite Edge Pro||Infinite Edge SB-1|
|Draw Weight Range (lbs)||5 – 70||7 – 70|
|Draw Length (min – max)||13″ – 31″||15″ – 30″|
|ATA Length (Inches)||31″||31″|
|Brace Height (Inches)||7″||7″|
|Speed (FPS)||310||Upto 318|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Handedness||Both RH & LH||Both RH & LH|
|String||BCY Bow String||BCY Bow String|
|Skins||Mossy Oak, Pink blaze, Black Ops||Mossy Oak, Electric Blue, Purple Blaze|
Infinite Edge Pro
Infinite Edge SB-1
Diamond Infinite Edge Pro
Diamond infinite edge pro is a great option and an excellent bow for target shooters and bow hunters. I found it to be the best option for recurve shooters switching to compounds.
I could increase its draw weight up to 70 pounds which is heavy enough for hunting any big game. With 310 FPS, it could deliver arrows quickly and efficiently. It had a very smooth draw cycle with the efficient cam system and it even reached 80% let-off at peak draw. With the 5-inch octane stabilizer, its stability is further enhanced as I noticed it dampens the vibrations of the bowstring after the shot.
For maximizing accuracy, the camshaft of this bow is enhanced by 3-pin tundra sight so you can accurately aim towards the target. Enabling all these features, this lightweight bow is only 3.2 pounds.
The accessories which comes with it are good quality especially the bow sight and stabilizer are sturdy and reliable except for the rest which I thought to replace. Otherwise, it’s a solid choice and an excellent option if you are an intermediate or even a beginner.
Included in this bow kit:
- Infinite edge bow
- Hostage XL arrow rest
- 3-pin tundra sight
- Tube peep sight
- BCY string loop
- Deadlock lite octane quiver
- Comfort wrist sling
- 5” ultralight octane stabilizer
Design & Build
Diamond is a well known brand for manufacturing long lasting bows from many years. This best-seller model is durable and reliable with a top-notch overall build. I found it really lightweight and was really impressed to see the aluminum components adding more durability to this bow. It features a high-quality handmade string by octane.
This bow is available for both RH and LH; I ordered the RH and found that this bow can have extensive usage as you can adjust its draw length between 5 and 70 lbs. With superior performance, this bow was able to deliver a high velocity of 310 FPS. Its draw length is variable between 13 and 31 inches. I felt this bow to be quite versatile as it’s let off may go to as high as 80%. I ordered the black ops design from Amazon but you have the option of ordering among pink blaze and camo mossy oak infinity pattern too.
This bow features a solid riser and is machined out of a solid piece of aluminum. The riser seems fairly small. The skeletonized design of this bow along with its frame makes it lightweight and that I think is good option for kids. You have got an option of 3 finishes for the riser, pink camo, solid black, and mossy oak camo.
One of the major selling points for this bow is its limbs. The limbs on diamond infinite edge pro are highly versatile and made of solid construction. Though many compounds today offer a wide range of draw weights with their limb bolts, this bow took it to the whole next level.
The grip of this riser though functional isn’t the top-notch quality. It seems a little square but was comfortable to shoot for me as I am not easily distracted due to my interest in the bow (though many people review it as uncomfortable). Its design allowed me to accommodate both hands over it. If you find its grip uncomfortable, you can opt for a custom grip from torqueless custom grips which may give you a better feeling while holding and shooting it.
I have observed that many bows on the market today have a small range and usually a fixed draw length with 10 or 15 lbs of draw weight adjustments. Here diamond does a good job as it transfers a part of the unnecessary speed into wide range adjustments while maintaining a nice draw cycle.
At its peak pull, almost third of the way of the draw, I observed that its large let-off and the limb actuated back wall provided for an easy and stable hold while delivering consistent shots on board. This bow is extremely easy for practicing at extended periods, either that be beginners, teenage archers or aging archery enthusiasts.
This compound can reach a decent IBO speed of 310 FPS. This speed is fast enough for me as I don’t like to extra strain my compound neither do I like to go with lighter arrows for increasing my speed. I used the recommended weight for the arrow of this model i.e. 5 grains per pound of its draw weight. You can even use a bit less than this recommended weight for arrows.
Remember not to overdo it! Selecting arrows that are too light would risk damage and have the same effect as dry firing it.
I also wanted to try the infinity settings on infinite edge pro so I put the string on the post while the cam was on infinite settings. It resulted in a faster model with almost no let-off which I felt was a bit harder to shoot. You can also increase the speed by increasing the draw length but in my opinion, it’s not a good option as the draw length must fit you.
With the new and improved dual cam systems, Diamond infinite edge pro provides many amazing features that an archer would appreciate. The machined aluminum cams are designed to enable both shoot ability and adjustability. With a smooth draw cycle to 80% let -ff, it features rotating draw length adjustment modules with a solid back wall. For minimizing its weight, large cutouts are used which allow a higher rotation velocity.
Here in this bow, I noticed that diamond has added an extra inch to its draw length adjustments. So by adjusting the modules on the cams, I could change the draw length from 13” to 31”. With adding an extra inch, many more folks are able to enjoy this bow. Its adjustable draw length is amazing, especially for growing archers. It’s a bow that can be used by the elementary school student and can shoot it till their high school graduation and beyond.
Versatile and Compact! How about Power?
This ready to hunt bow can take down any game a hunter can think of but the key here is the right settings. With 70 lbs draw weight; I saw that this bow can blast arrows with a speed of 310 FPS at a brace height of 7”. Using 400-grain arrows, my bow had a kinetic energy of 65 ft-lbs which is the higher end limit suggested for hunting big game.
Remember you may lose a few ft-pounds of kinetic energy depending on the distance from which you are shooting. Another tip I would like to give you is to use arrows weighing at least 5 grains per pound of your draw weight like I was shooting with a draw weight of 70 lbs and I used 350-grain arrows.
Noise and Vibrations
What I was searching for a deadly silent bow with good shooting ability. The ultra-light stabilizer on this model stops the vibrations of the strings efficiently so I didn’t have to worry about the noise. It basically uses the parallel limb design which lowers the noise and vibrations. I found that the stabilizer on this bow works so well that I didn’t need to invest in silencers.
Level of Adjustability
Once again diamond provided it growing as well as experienced shooters with a highly adaptable, adjustable and versatile bow. People usually mark it as ladies or kids bow though the level of adjustability. But I think its suitable for any archer of any age.
I think the best thing about this bow is that as your strengths and technique improves, you can adjust this bow accordingly which obviously saves you from buying a new bow every few years. It has the tendency to grow along with you.
Featuring the rotating modules, this bow offers three ranges of settings. Each of these ranges, A, B, and C allow their own set of draw weights and draw lengths. A is for optimal performance of the bow while C lowers the settings to the minimum.
When this bow arrived from the factory, it came preset on the range A at a draw length of 26 “ but you can easily change it up to 31” and down to 17”. For less than 17 inches draw length you should change your module to B or C.
You will need a hex wrench for changing the draw length. To do so you need to place it on the right range and module number. I increased the draw length will typically half-inch increments and aligned the indexing mark of cam with the lower numbers of a module by rotating the module.
If you want to decrease the draw length, you should rotate the module and align the indexing mark of the cam with the upper numbers on the module. I did these adjustments at a pro shop. You can make these adjustments with the assistance of a bow press too.
For setting the draw weight, I loosened the limb bolts with a hex wrench too. Remember you must adjust the top and bottom limb bolts equally. For making adjustments easier the limb bolts on Diamond infinite edge pro are marked with increments. I noticed each mark presents roughly 8.6 % of the peak weight of this bow.
Is It Suitable for Hunting?
As kinetic energy plays a major role in hunting, so low setting of this bow may not get the job done for you but yes! At high settings, diamond infinite edge pro is perfect to hunt with, as it can deliver more power for piercing your target.
You can hunt small to medium-sized animals and even large games if you set the infinite edge pro at 60 lbs with arrows of 425 grains. I used this setting as it has a higher impact. You must keep in mind that as we lower the settings, its kinetic energy drops accordingly.
Many hunters use the settings of 70 lbs with a draw length of 30 “ and 350-grain arrows which results in kinetic energy of 74.7 and 310 FPS which can get down the toughest game without any problem. Don’t forget to check the legal requirements of your state regarding draw weight before getting out in the field.
Can you bow fish with it?
Yes I have used this bow a couple of times in bow fishing and it never I used this compound bow with infinity settings for bow fishing which resulted in zero let off.
So most of its peak holding weight was maintained through the whole draw cycle, which is necessary for bow fishing to be able to shoot quickly. If you plan to go bow fishing with infinity edge pro, you should get a bow fishing reel as it’s not included in the package. I recommend here to use heavier arrows for bow fishing so it can penetrate water better.
For me compiling all the equipment for getting started is a huge pain. Surprisingly I found that diamond infinite edge pro features great accessories that range from average to fantastic. It was packed with
- 3-pin sight on the riser though it didn’t seem the best sight to me and was a bit tricky to tune. Its pins were fairly bright but of low quality plastic. It gets the job done and it’s good for use in the beginning but I personally would change to change it once you gained some experience.
- Tube peep sight I personally prefer a tube peep sight on the string as it helps the peep to rotate properly and get aligned with my eye. More experienced archers prefer a tubeless peep sight as they want to have less weight on their bow.
- Octane hostage XL arrow rest it’s a good, accurate and reliable arrow rest. I tuned it right to overcome the wear out of the brushes as I felt they have the tendency for it.
- BCY string loop is of good quality
- Comfort wrist sling it was quite comfortable and easy to adjust on the wrist
- Octane ultra-light stabilizer the stabilizer was quite efficient in eliminating noise and vibration. It’s ideal for hunting due to its small size as a longer one is ideal for target shooting.
- Octane deadlock lite quiver the solid quiver was very light and held the arrows tightly.
This was everything I needed to get started with except the arrows. All the equipment is good for the price. As I said before you may need a better sight eventually but for a starter, it’s a decent one.
This spurring innovation in the archery industry is a great choice for both newbie and experienced ones. Diamond infinite edge pro is among the best selling bow by diamond.
Its tendency to grow with the archers along with the fabulous specs and nice accessories. It’s a multipurpose bow used by archers and hunters of any skill level offering diverse features.
Diamond Archery Edge SB-1
The diamond edge SB-1 is the most versatile bow available in the market. It assures the hunters and archers with high customization along with ensuring an easy and smooth shooting experience. I got all the adjustability I needed with this bow. This compact bow is ideal for both hunting as well as target shooting as it’s the most forgiving bow with an ATA length of 31″.
Diamond Edge SB-1 is no doubt a next level bow as diamond created a whole website that revolves around it to aid the owner with its features, setup, adjustments, tuning, and maintenance. This bow is engineered for anyone no matter what size, age or skill level you are. With the EZ adjustment pocket system, this bow features a limb adjustment of 7-70 pounds whereas a draw length adjustment of 15-30 inches.
Other notable features of this bow include diamond archery wrist sling, octane ultra-light stabilizer, octane hostage max, and a deadlock quiver. Many archers label it as the best-proven bow with a lot of adjustability options, easy setup, and excellent accuracy.
The use of a synchronized binary cam system along with its improved IBO speed and smooth draw cycle has made this bow a valid competitor in the world of compound bows today. As this bow comes along a non-transferable lifetime warranty, it’s ideal for growing archers as it performs for years and years to come. It’s the safest option and the best hunting bow of all times.
Included in this bow kit:
- Octane deadlock quiver
- R.A.K custom sight
- BCY string loop
- Octane hostage max rest
- Carbon peep
- Comfort wrist sling
- 5 “ ultralight octane stabilizer
Design & Build
Due to the numerous larger cutouts, this lightweight bow is even perfect for youth. The machined aluminum riser on it is solid and durable. The riser is available in four finishes, mossy oak breaks up the country, purple blaze, blue blaze, and black ops.
It features a superior size to strength ratio. The Edge SB-1 features solid carbon composite material limbs which are extraordinary as they are rock solid and extremely durable.
Though the riser of this bow doesn’t have any outstanding features but it’s solid and is machined from a solid aluminum piece. With an excellent size to strength ratio, the cutouts of its riser are wide while creating a good amount of dead space in it.
This dead space has reduced the weight of the bow. Most hunters and shooters including me prefer lightweight bows especially the ones who lack a great deal of strength.
The rock-solid limbs on this bow are made to last for years. They are made of solid carbon composite material. Being extremely reliable, they have fewer preload angles so even at maximum draw weight edge SB-1 doesn’t reach the state of full parallel limbs while drawing.
I observed that with lower draw weight, the vibrations traveling from the limbs in opposite direction are canceled so it’s forgiving enough for backyard shooters only.
SB-1 has a slim grip that fits comfortably in hand which allowed me for repeatable shots. A grip that encourages repeatability is vital here as your accuracy may suffer if you don’t grab the bow the same way each shot.
Throughout my entire archery life, I have observed that compound bows usually focus on maximum speed output and offer a small draw length adjustment with an almost 10 pounds draw weight adjustment.
The Edge SB-1, on the contrary, is specially designed to focus on draw length and draw weight adjustments on a much larger range though its speed is somewhat limited. The cams shape contribute to the pleasant draw cycle of all draw weights, so it peaks in the early stage of the draw cycle while it drops off comfortably and pleasantly.
The Edge SB-1 I noticed is very smooth and accurate along with being adjustable and versatile. The weight is built slowly and consistently till it reaches the let off. Nice groupings for accuracy are achieved. You may feel slight vibrations but there is nothing to worry about.
Binary Cam System
SB-1 features the famous binary cam system, which is the top-selling point of this bow. Bowtech has invented the binary cam system and owns the right to the patent. This system slaves one cam to the other for overcoming the timing and synchronizing issues.
So the need for tuning on this bow is minimized so you achieve perfect shots each time along with being smooth and silent. A new shooter especially will find it much appealing. The design of these binary cams makes it easier to draw so you can easily shoot plenty of arrows at a time.
EZ Adjust System
The EZ adjust pocket system is a new technology that works flawlessly. With the EZ adjust system; you can easily adjust the poundage according to your desire within minutes.
To crank up the poundage, all you need is ¼ Allen wrench to screw it up and vice versa. Each mark here represents almost 6.5% of the peak weight of the bow. for aligning the string stop with the string you have to adjust it by using 5/32 Allen wrench.
Versatile and Compact! How about Power?
Being ultra-versatile, this bow is much compact and weights only. It can fire hard-hitting arrows up to 320 FPS. The synchronized binary cam system on this bow along with its 80 % let-off combine’s big power and consistent accuracy which I noticed other cam designs simply can’t offer. The draw weight indicator on this bow allows for easy visual verification.
Every IBO rating is assumed with a setting at 30” draw length, 70 lbs draw weight and arrows of 350 grain. With lower settings and heavier arrows, you will always have a lower FPS.
Shooting speed won’t matter from a young archer’s perspective as they focus more on proper form and accuracy and FPS doesn’t matter much for them. But once the kids outgrow they are more concerned with speeds, as FPS is solid with higher bow settings.
Noise and Vibrations
As edge SB-1 is a lightweight bow so you can expect some vibrations upon the shot, though it doesn’t have any impact on its accuracy. This may concern some hunters especially the ones who plan to take big animals with longer shots.
It’s a bit noisy too so it may cause the animals to jump and result in bad hits but if you place your shots at reasonable distances while taking ethical shots of unaware animals, you can hunt safely.
I think this is why the SB-1 really shines as it’s highly adjustable in both draw weights and draw lengths. Half inch increments are available for the draw lengths which are marked on the cam modules clearly. Adjusting its modules is so easy that I adjusted its draw length from 15’ – 30“within seconds using an Allen wrench.
I think this feature will mostly appeal to young and growing archers. As far as draw length is concerned, it fitted me well and I think it will fit 99% of the archers too.
The draw length on this bow is adjustable from 7-70 pounds which again is a great feature not only for growing archers but every seasoned archer like me would appreciate it who wants to decrease the poundage in the offseason while shooting for pleasure.
I observed that on the Edge SB-1 adjusting draw weight is easier than adjusting its draw length, as you have to turn only 1 screw instead of 3. For increasing the draw weight, I turned the limb bolts in while for decreasing the draw weight, I simply turn them out.
With the newly introduced EZ adjust pocket system the limbs are adjusted evenly at the top and bottom, so this special feature on Diamond Edge SB-1 has made its adjustability outstanding.
Is it Suitable for Hunting?
Right out of the bow I observed that the binary cams on this bow offer matchless accuracy so I was able to get on the target quickly and effectively. The cams offered a smooth draw and with 80% let-off, I was holding only a few pounds of its peak poundage.
Anyone either that be a kid, adult or youth can aim comfortably with this bow as diamond edge SB-1 focuses on large draw length and draw weight range. Not to forget that the brace height of 7 inches is very forgiving too. So I think it’s a great bow for hunting because of its amazing versatility and adjustability.
Can you bow fish with it?
Well yes! I tried bow fishing with it and guess what! Its results amazed me. It’s not usually recommended to bow fish with your hunting bow as bow fishing is messy. You get slime, scales, blood, mud and every dirt on. As this bow has a simple and sturdy design with a metal launcher arm with no small moving parts, so I decided to use it for bow fishing as well. All I did was to reduce the poundage and it was much easier to shoot. I bought a reel, string and arrow to shoot with.
Diamond Edge SB-1 is a piece of pretty good equipment. The bunch of accessories it offers worked pretty well along with it. Here is a detailed review of each part.
- Carbon peep sight It’s a good sight but it all depends on your personal preferences.
- 3-pin TRUGLO tundra sight though it’s not the best and isn’t that easy to tune, its pins are fairly bright but a little low quality plastic. I felt it be good for a starter and it will get you the job done but you may need to change it once you gain experience.
- BCY string loop is of good quality.
- Comfortable wrist sling it’s easy to adjust and feels very comfortable on the wrist
- Octane 5” ultralight stabilizer feels lightweight and durable. It eliminates noise and vibrations efficiently. Its small in size which I think is ideal for hunting but you may need a longer one for target shooting.
- Octane hostage XL arrow rest this accurate and reliable rest works well with this bow. I tuned it right to overcome the wear out of the brushes as I felt they have the tendency for it.
- Octane deadlock lite quiver this light and solid quiver holds the arrows tightly.
Diamond infinite edge pro is a solid bow with a great range. It allows a generous range of draw weights which makes it suitable from beginners to intermediate level hunters. Once you gain strength, this starter bow can be returned and made heavier according to your needs. I think it’s great for hunting as it features 31.5” ATA length so it’s easy to maneuver through the thickest bushes. As it’s quiet, I would recommend this bow for hunting if compared to diamond Edge SB-1.
Diamond Edge SB-1 can be any archers target machine. It’s a solid mid-level bow with fantastic adjustments of draw weight and draws length. The outstanding performance of this bow has made it a great option for shooters of all sizes. Its comfortable draw along with the binary cams offers great performance eliminating the headache of tuning. The lifetime warranty of this bow assures it will perform years long for you.
I have years of experience in bow hunting and target shooting, Whenever I see someone talking about Diamond bows, they must ask these questions, So I answered them briefly to let them understand more about diamond bows.
Edge Pro Vs. Edge SB-1: Which is best and Why?
Both are very impressive in shooting indoor and outdoor. Edge sb-1 has a more solid back wall and more speed than Edge pro.
Pro is little bit slower than SB-1 but can be adjusted to longer draw length at 31”. But I think the draw weight at 30” and 31” will not make a big difference. Pro has a slim riser than SB-1. The SB-1 gives more solid feel than Edge Pro and I think its imperative to feel strong with the bow in your hands. When I use them both, I decided to choose SB-1 for my next hunting season.
I observed that though SB-1 is designed as an all-purpose shooting bow I felt it’s perfect for an average archer who wants to use this bow for practicing mostly and hunting in the fall. Though its fully capable of taking down any game comfortably, it’s extremely accurate to take to local shoots. Its no doubt a truly versatile bow.
Which is best for the Money?
The price of SB-1 is little bit higher than Edge Pro but I think it is for quality. There is no much difference in terms of money. Although, they both are in affordable prices and you will not feel your money wasted. ٰ
In the End, I would advise that some dollars should not compromise on quality.
Are Diamond Compound bows Good?
Diamond archery manufactures bow out of Eugene, Oregon. They make a full line of compound bows by targeting hunters primarily. The company makes both dual and single cam bows with one recurve bow in its lineup. Being popular for its ready, aim and kill system. The accessory kits of diamond archery include a sight, stabilizer, quiver and other necessary gear which you need while shooting a compound bow.
Diamond archery’s goal is to provide everything to both beginner and pro archers to hone their archery skills both indoor and outdoor. Offering lifetime warranty with their bows, their bows are made of plastic, carbon, and aluminum, etc. they use the split carbon technology with quality materials in its construction.
The specs all bows of diamond archery have in common are their lightweight and simplicity along with amazing speed. So if you haven’t developed your bow-wielding muscles yet and seek to bring a nice rack home, you can’t find a better choice than diamond archery to start with. That’s the reason they have gathered much popularity among the compound producers in the market.
Is Diamond made by Bowtech?
Bowtech is the parent company of many industry-leading brands including Diamond archery. The extensive network of these leading companies gives bowtech world-class designs along with expertise. The bow tech bows are made in America and the passionate employees of this company take pride in each step of the build process.
Bow tech bought the company in 2004 as it was looking to expand its operations. Ever since the diamond archery is operated under the Bow tech brand. Bow tech was even a younger company as compared to a diamond and was made in 1999 by two fellows John Strasheim and Kevin Strother.
Since the merger, diamond techs name has grown even more popular as the merger allowed them to grow together in ways they couldn’t probably have grown individually. Bow tech builds the most advanced archery products with quality and service above expectations. They provide the best customer service to support its customers.