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Elite Ritual. Any takers?
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Contributors to this thread:
spike78 13-Jan-18
kakiat kid 13-Jan-18
trkyslr 13-Jan-18
12yards 13-Jan-18
Trial153 13-Jan-18
carcus 14-Jan-18
Owl 14-Jan-18
Animal Killer 15-Jan-18
Drop Tine 15-Jan-18
trkyslr 15-Jan-18
Blade 16-Jan-18
Buffalo1 16-Jan-18
NoWiser 16-Jan-18
LongbowLogan 16-Jan-18
trkyslr 16-Jan-18
Owl 16-Jan-18
Buffalo1 16-Jan-18
SaddleReaper 17-Jan-18
spike78 17-Jan-18
DEC 17-Jan-18
SaddleReaper 17-Jan-18
spike78 17-Jan-18
From: spike78
13-Jan-18
Has anyone seen or shoot the new Elite Ritual? Just saw it today and seems good. They do seem to be taking some engineering out of the Obsession and Mathews playbook with that bow though.

From: kakiat kid
13-Jan-18
Going to look into one myself. I still shoot an Answer.

From: trkyslr
13-Jan-18
If I wasn’t enjoying my impulse so much rt now I’d deffinetely be interested. Looks and sounds like a great shooting bow.

From: 12yards
13-Jan-18
Probably the bow I'd buy if I was in the market. I like the ata length and if it has the traditional Elite feel, which it is supposed to have, it would be a great bow.

From: Trial153
13-Jan-18
its gotten high marks from several guys that i respect that shot it. Most are placing it in the top three this year.

From: carcus
14-Jan-18
If they start putting some static yokes on those bows I'd be very interested

From: Owl
14-Jan-18
I have a call into my pro shop... Very interested.

15-Jan-18
I will be shooting one for sure this year. I am currently shooting an option 7 and as soon as my local shop gets one ill be picking it up. Reason im picking one up is purely the feel and the specs are spot on for my liking.

From: Drop Tine
15-Jan-18
Elite didn’t make it even in the top 5 new bows introduced at the ATA this year which shocked me. I was looking at getting a new bow and Elite was one of them I was interested in.

From: trkyslr
15-Jan-18
Droptine, who was that from as I’ve heard from most it was in the top 3.... but most of those stats are opinions

From: Blade
16-Jan-18
Simply put...I have an Elite and buying another Elite for wife...enough said. Much smoother all the way thru turnover and solid backwall.

From: Buffalo1
16-Jan-18
Has anyone on this site actually shot this bow yet? Very much interested in actual feedback and experience.

From: NoWiser
16-Jan-18
I love my Answer and will probably be shooting it for 10+ more years. Out of curiosity, what does this have on my 6 year old bow? The specs look pretty much identical to me.

From: LongbowLogan
16-Jan-18
I shot one at the ATA show, 30" and 60lbs. It was one of my favorite bows I shot at the show. It was vibe free and very smooth on the draw. If I was in the market for a new bow it would be between the Elite Ritual or the Prime Logic, both felt better than all the other bows I shot there.

From: trkyslr
16-Jan-18

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From: Owl
16-Jan-18
So, the takeaway from this thread is no one's shop is stocking the Ritual yet...

From: Buffalo1
16-Jan-18
The Elite dealer in my area (Central MS) is still waiting on a sample and visit by rep to share points about the bow.

From: SaddleReaper
17-Jan-18
"They do seem to be taking some engineering out of the Obsession and Mathews playbook with that bow though"

Spike78 ....as the design engineer behind this bow I can assure you that is not at all true. I hate to make jabs at another company or engineer but the level of engineering at Elite is ahead of to that of an Obsession bows.... period. And I would say Mathews is ahead of Elite in some regards. I could dive into the basis for this statement but it would take forever to explain.

From: spike78
17-Jan-18
Saddlereaper, I just meant the looks of it look like cross between a Mathews and Obsession. I have an Elite Hunter from 2013 and I have yet to draw another bow that is smoother as of yet. I’m debating on a Triax at the moment for the size but if Elite made a comparable bow I’m all in. I would like to draw the Ritual but with the ATA I might as well just keep the Hunter.

From: DEC
17-Jan-18
I shot the Ritual at ATA. I shot the 60#, 28" version. Honestly, I was very impressed. I have been shooting Elites since 2010 and I am an admitted GT500 fan boy. I currently own an 09 GT500, 10 GT500, 09 Z28, and 11 Hunter. I've owned many other models as well, but I always go back to the GT500 (I like the 09 better overall, but love the REV mod valley of the 10). I've shot most all of the hunter focused bows that Elite has ever made at one point or another. Honestly, the Ritual is the first one that I have picked up and shot that got my attention in both looks and shot feel in a long long time. The draw cycle had an old school Elite smooth feel to it. Kind of like a Hunter or Z28 does from start to where the cams start to drop into the valley. The valley has kind of REV mod cam feel to it in that it is generous and into that typical solid Elite wall. The transition or dump into the valley though was what I really liked. It was noticeable, but not quite that sudden dump feel that a GT500 has. Personally, I really liked that smooth but noticeable transition ... if that makes any sense at all. At the shot the thing was pretty much dead. All the bow had on it was a QAD rest and an Elite stabilizer. It is hard to fully evaluate a bow at an event like this, but I can tell you that it has my attention to the point that I will shoot one side by side with my GT's once a local shop gets some in.

The machining and fit/finish were absolutely top notch too. I have never been a slit limb guy. Trust me as an engineer myself, I get their merits and cannot argue the physics behind them. Ascetically though I have never cared for them. But I can honestly say that the limb system on this bow grew on me very fast. Overall the bow doesn't have that wide bulky blocky feel to me that other big name split limb bows have.

Finally ... that grip ... wow! I fell in love with the grip on this bow. It just feels so natural in hand.

Overall, I was really impressed. Whether I buy one or not is yet to be seen, but I did like it a lot. And NO ... I am in no way what so ever affiliated with Elite.

From: SaddleReaper
17-Jan-18
Spike78, its always a challenge to create something that looks truly unique... given constraints of manufacturing methods, cost, time to develop, but more importantly creating something that is structurally superior than the previous years model.

(I can only assume you are primarily talking about the riser here)

When I designed risers (I resigned from Elite archery end of august this past year) I didn't just design them to have a new look. The goal was to actually make then stiffer and lighter (to an extent), continually improving upon previous years designs. Its a challenge to do this while maintaining a family type look, or brand identity. ....And inevitably sometimes looking similar to another riser already on the market. I can assure you some companies simply spit out new looking risers....without having a solid engineering improvement to show for it.

Interesting thing - Between the Triax, Hunter, and Ritual you are talking about 3 bows with 3 very different geometries. Shoot them all side by side and see!

From: spike78
17-Jan-18
Saddle, honestly most bows out there are top notch and made well. I can understand how you guys hit a wall where you have to figure out something that’s different. Same as the broadheads as well! You did a great job with the Elites. Funny how my Hunter now looks old school with the split limb designs now out there!

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