Choosing Your Tribe Recurve Bow

The recurve bow can range in length from 48 inches to 70 inches. A typical target bow is around 66 inches long. For the sake of stability it is recommended that your recurve bow not be less than 58 inches. Choosing a bow length depends a lot on your draw length. If your draw length is less than 28 inches, you should choose a bow that is between 62 and 66 inches and if your draw length is more than 28 inches, get a bow that is between 66 inches and 70 inches.

Well that is great to know, you say. But how can I figure out my draw length? The easiest way is to measure the length of your arm span and divide that number by 2.5. Get a friend to help you. Spread out your arms, palms facing forward. Do not reach out by stretching but just hold out your arms and turn your palms so that they are facing forward. Have your friend measure from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other middle finger. Now divide by 2.5. The result is your draw length.

There are a couple of hints to help you know that you are right in your measurement. The length of your arm span is about the same as your height. If you are 5 foot 6 inches (or 66 inches) tall than your arm span will be about the same. If this is your arm span, then your draw length is 66 divided by 2.5 or 26.4. When you go to buy a recurve bow, you can double check on whether the size of the recurve bow is right for you.

Tribe Limb/Riser combinations:

Tribe limbs come in three different sizes. (23” Short, 24” Medium, and 25” Long) Here’s are the riser/limb lengths combinations for the X3 risers:

X3 17” w/ 23” limbs = 58” AMO

X3 17” w/ 24” limbs = 60” AMO

X3 17” w/ 25” limbs = 62” AMO

X3 19” w/ 23” limbs = 60” AMO

X3 19” w/ 24” limbs = 62” AMO

X3 19” w/ 25” limbs = 64” AMO

Going from a longer riser to a shorter riser, an ILF limb set will increase your limb weight.  Roughly one pound for every inch in deduction in riser length.


Tribe Bow’s Suggested Brace Height:

Recurve Brace Height: 7 1/2" to 8 1/2"

Longbow Brace Height: 7" to 8"


Tribe’s ILF Kopis Limbs

The Kopis limbs are glass n maple core limbs have one strip of carbon to give the limbs that extra oomph and performance.  Ideal for the trad hunter looking for the extra edge!


Tribe’s ILF Dory Limbs

The Dory is a hansom Black Glass with Maple Core  limb that says it all when it comes to dependability in the woods…. The simple beauty of the Dory will perform!