Bear Agenda 7 Review
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Editors' reviewThe Agenda 7 is part of the 2014 lineup of Bear bows. Sporting the new H13 hybrid cam system with a rotating module. Not only is this bow easily adjustable, but it is fast too, providing 340 fps. With a silky smooth draw, and unexpectedly quiet from a speed bow, this rig is deadly and a surprisingly easy bow to shoot. This rig is a 32" ATA, 7" brace height, lightweight piece of awesomeness.
FinishThis rig comes in Realtree APG and Shadow series, but can also be ordered in green, red, black, and Realtree AP Snow.
Risers/LimbThe riser for this rig uses a lightweight aircraft grade aluminum as the foundation of this riser. This block of forged aluminum is then machined to exacting specifications that makes it lighter, yet stronger and reduces vibration to almost zero. This riser is designed to reduce vibration by evenly distributing limb loads and maximizing the energy throughout the riser instead of at the limbs. The ends of the riser hold the Zero-Tolerance Limb Pockets that tout the most precise fit to date. These limb pockets absorb vibration and hand shock better than any other limb pocket on the market. The limbs are the high-tensile composite Max-Preloaded Quad limbs. This limb set is designed to work in conjunction with the Zero-Tolerance Limb Pockets to provide proven power and performance. These limb pockets are designed to withstand the pressure of full draw without any limb movement or slippage, holding the limb securely in place throughout the shot. The limbs can be ordered in 50#, 60#, or 70# peak weights.
Other ComponentsTo complement the H13 Cam system, Pre-loaded Quad Limbs, and the light-weight riser, the Agenda 7 also offers a pair of Dual Arc offset string suppressors, pre-stretched Contra-band HP strings, cable slide, Bear hinge guard, and a removable grip. The string suppressors are integrated into the riser and are adjustable and eliminate any residual string noise.
Eccentric SystemThis bow is setup with a pair of H13 Cams - the Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System. This cam system, added to the pre-loaded limb set produces a very fast 340 fps. This cam system rides on a pair of dual stainless steel sealed bearings that reduce friction and give the cam a smoother rotation. This technology maintains the same efficiency at any draw weight or length. The cam system also offers a rotating module for quick and easy length adjustments and a solid draw stop that can be easily adjusted for fine tuning the draw length in 1/16" increments.Draw length can also be easily adjusted on the cams. Simply by loosening and rotating the module to the appropriate spot, the draw length can be adjusted through a range of 26.5" - 31" in 1/2" increments. These adjustments can be made quickly and easily without a bow press or the need to change modules. This cam system is designed to be efficient and smooth at any draw length while providing excellent speed.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityLike its sister bow, the Agenda 6, this bow offers the shooter with an extremely smooth draw for a speed bow. Most bows that offer an IBO of 340 fps have harsh draw cycles and are difficult to transition to let-off. The Agenda 7 is not like that. It is extremely smooth and efficient throughout the draw cycle regardless of draw weight or length. There is a very slight hump at let-off, but not difficult to get through. The draw cycle for this rig has been found to be very smooth, even comfortable for the shooter.
Silencing PackageThe Bear Agenda 7's machined aluminum riser not only reduced mass, but absorbs vibration as well. The riser also has rubber vibration dampeners integrated in strategic locations to absorb even more vibration. Bear also added a pair of bi-dimensionally adjustable string suppressors, and built-in string dampeners, this rig is quiet out of the box. When adding a stabilizer, this bow is virtually vibration-free. This is one of the quietest speed bows on the market.
GripThe grip on this rig is basically a dual grip. The primary grip is a removable grip that can be removed to fit the shooter's style. This removable grip is a plastic over-molded grip that is fitted over the typical side-plate grip. Since there are many variables that affect the point of impact of your shot, the ability to change the grip on this rig makes this a more shootable rig.
|Bow||Bear Agenda 7||Bowtech Experience|
|Brace Height||7 "||"|
|AtA Length||32 "||"|
|Draw Length||26.5 " - 31 "||"|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||lbs|
|IBO Speed||340 fps||fps|
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The Bear Agenda 7 can be compared to the Bowtech Experience. Both offer the shooter a 32" ATA shooting platform and a 7" brace height. Both also can be ordered in 50#, 60#, and 70# peak draw weight configurations. If that isn't enough similarity, they both are adjustable from 26.5" - 31" of draw length. The Bear Agenda 7 is rated to offer an extra 5 fps at 340 fps IBO, but does that really matter?Both bows are fast, accurate, and quiet, while each are very smooth on the draw. Each bow is easy to adjust and can be done so without a bow press. These bows are almost identical in every aspect and will fit the shooter well. When choosing a new rig, either of these will be a very good choice. It will only depend on the shooter's preference. The Bowtech will cost an additional $100 though. Regardless which bow is chosen, the shooter will not be disappointed.