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    • Bully26
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      I can’t decide between cocobolo, bucote, or Chechen for a recurve riser.

      Does anybody if any of these woods perform better than the other as a riser material? What is the absolute best riser material without regard to weight, beauty or feel etc. Strictly performance.

      I did a search for an answer but came up empty.

      Thank in advance,

      Bully26

    • new moon
      Post count: 37

      Bully,

      I think that any of those woods will perform well as a riser, it’s strictly a matter personal taste. Cocobolo and bucote are both very popular as riser materials. As far as to your second question a laminated riser material like Actionwood or Diamond wood may be considered a little stronger.

      Josh

    • David Petersen
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      Bully — We have some folks here, George T. and Todd and others, who know far more than I ever will about these things and I trust they will correct me when I’m wrong, but my experience and the logic of basic physical suggest that a riser is like a boat anchor, dead in the water but what the living and working parts, the limbs, are secured to. So it doesn’t matter a whit what wood or other material you use in a riser, so long as the riser won’t break and is attached properly, the fade-outs specifally, to the limbs. I’d go for eye appeal. IMHO

    • Bully26
      Post count: 35

      Thank you for the responses.

      What about phenolic? I read somewhere that phenolic flexes and any flex in a riser is bad.

      If a synthetic/man-made is cheaper yet better that may be the way to go? I’m too worried about eye appeal. The bow as a whole needs to be rugged and quiet.

      Thanx again,

      Bully26

    • new moon
      Post count: 37

      Given that any of the materials we have discussed so far are suitable for risers, it is the actual construction of your riser that will make or break your bow. Pay particular attention to your fadeouts, mine are so thin at the ends it’s hard to tell where they end.

      Josh

    • Bully26
      Post count: 35

      What characteristics should I look for in the fade out? I assume that the fade out is where the limb attaches?

      Thanx,

      Bully26

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