I've been away from the computer for a while. Now that I'm back I'll take a stab at answering the questions in the order they were posed.
Joe, the new short 3PTD models do indeed look different from our standard line of bows. They are based on a 12" riser (new design) and use limbs that are shaped 3-dimensionally differently from our standard design - all intended to work together as a unit to maximize performance from a shorter package. If we don't yet have any pics up on the website give Dan a call and he can probably send some to you.
Again Joe, regarding whether or not we'll have the short 3PTD in an ACX format. The answer is (not to be coy) time will tell. Getting to this point was quite expensive and very time consuming. We chose this riser/limb combo because it is one of our most popular models. If demand for this version of the ACX meets (and hopefully exceeds) our expectations then the next line of bows we'll consider offering in an ACX version will be the short 3PTD's.
Steve O., in your p.m. you asked essentially if we have conducted any impact tests to see how much blunt trauma the shell of the ACX riser could take. The answer is no, we haven't. However, the shell is pretty darned thick and not flimsy at all. And given how strong and stiff the riser is I'd expect it to take a licking and keep on ticking. It's worth noting that the skeleton surrounded by foam is PRECISELY sized so that the outer shell bonds to the skeleton as well as the foam. The skeleton isn't floating around inside of the foam which in turn mates with the shell. The entirety of the system integrates to make for one tough mutha.
Guss, I personally hope that demand for this riser offers us enough encouragement to move all the way through our line of risers to include the RC riser. I have to admit that it's my personal favorite because it's based on a few risers that i carved for myself a long time ago. If this one does okay and is as well received as I expect it to be then it would be quite reasonable to expect an RC version one day.
Levi, the balance is other-worldly good. Holding and carrying it places the balance right in the throat of the grip where it belongs. It's an awfully sweet-feeling bow, both to hold and to shoot. The ACS generally feels different to most folks who've shot a bunch of bows. This one will take that different feeling a notch or two farther. I can honestly say I've never shot any bow ever that feels like it, and I mean that in a good way!
John good luck with this new design. I am sure it will be quite a performer. If it performs as well as you and your staff stand behind your bows it can't loose. Your customer service can't be beat. You went way above and beyond for me on one of your bows. I know I won't forget it.
Good luck and thanks again.
-------------------- TGMM Family of the bow. Posts: 2730 | From: NewJersey | Registered: Jul 2006
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Sweet. Should do very well with light riser lovers. If it deadens the shot more than the original acs you won't know you loosed the arrow. I bet you guys never sleep at night, just lay in bed and brainstorm great ideas. Great job from a great folks.
-------------------- shoot straight shoot often Posts: 1462 | From: south carolina | Registered: May 2006
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You know, I thought when I found this site that it would help in my decision making process for a new bow. I'm like a pinball now, what with everybody showing off their new bows from whatever maker (each one more beautiful than the last)and now this. I've been to the website quite a bit and read all of John's posts. Sounds like you guys really have things figured out. Keep it up and I may never be able to decide!!
WHAT EACH OF US DOES IS OF ULTIMATE IMPORTANCE. Wendell Berry Posts: 1351 | From: Nova Scotia, Canada | Registered: Mar 2010
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