What about floating yokes on single cam bows? You don’t hear much about it. I ask because the Switchback I bought had a floating yoke cable on it. I had trouble tuning my new Vapor Trail cable (couldn’t keep the yokes from twisting up no matter what) and ended up putting the floating one back on. It shoots great and gets bullet holes through paper. What am I missing?
the idler just sits in it’s “natural” position? maybe i dont get it. (relatively new to bows). but there isnt a pulley there, so the friction must be pretty high. do you still put some twist in the yokes? looks like there are more twist on one side from the pics. if it truly floats..wouldnt the twist equalize on each side.
i like it alot..if this solves my finicky tuning bow. i would LOVE it.
They don’t have a big following for single cam bows and I’m not sure why. It’s been great for me. I’m hoping Brian checks in and can explain a bit for us. I don know that if you can’t get it to tune, then you simply serve up past the junction, and you have static yokes again…
Floating yokes do nothing to tune a bow. It connects the cable to the axle and nothing more. Installing them will save a factory some time and nothing else. How the idler sits will be determined by bow geometry only if you’re lucky. And variance in standard upper limb deflection will manifest itself as uneven tracking into the cam groove that you simply cannot account for. Quad limb bows can see horrendous results.
A fixed yoke enables the idler to be tuned while accounting for everything I just mentioned.
I look at it this way:
If someone isn’t well versed in bow tuning and you purchase a bow with strict quality control then a floating yoke will get you close.
Successful tuning shouldn’t be an accident, but an easily repeatable process. When this level of competency is achieved and perfection is desired, a fixed yoke is the only true option.