Yesterday I wanted to put the Bear Takedown through the old chronograph and see how it adds up to the other bows.
For a maple/glass limb it holds it's own. I tested 3 bows with a Black Eagle Vintage arrow, 540 grains, 12GPP.
All 3 bows are 45#
* Bear Takedown - 145FPS
* Bob Lee - 148FPS
* Impala Longbow - 148FPS
There are times I have to believe trad bows to Bear are the ugly step child. So many opportunities thrown away to really make outstanding products that could put a lot of bowyers in the poor house.
I like how Bear made the new limb tips narrower. For a wood/glass limb they shoot good.
Here's another one for you. There's a lot of hype now about the new Bear limbs being much faster than older limbs. Not so in my experience. I compared two sets of no.1, '80s era red tip limbs to a set of newer no. 1 red/black tip limbs made wthin the past 3-5 years. All were marked 50#@28 inches. I put the limbs on the same B green stripe riser with the same string (12 strand D-97), adjusted to the same brace height, and shot the same three Easton Axis arrows. I think arrow weight was in the 11-12 gpp range.
The older red tip limbs were 1 and 2 fps faster than the newer red/black limbs, averaging about 156-157 fps.
The perceived difference in the performance of newer vs older limbs is due in large part, and perhaps exclusively, to the use of low-stretch strings on the newer limbs being compared to older limbs affixed with B-50 dacron strings. Put the same string on both of them, and it's a wash. Now, not everyone wants to put a low stretch string on older Bear limbs, but I've been doing it for years without any problems.
BTW, the newer Bear TD limbs are narrower than the older limbs, but I've laid multiple sets of newer and older limbs on top of each other, and the profile is identical. What the newer limbs lighter physical weight and perhaps better materials yield in performance gains seems to be matched by the older limbs greater width, and thus wood and glass in the limb contributing to thrust.