Originally Posted by Baconator
I see that the parker bows have a lifetme warranty and the wicked ridge is only fives years. Should this be something that I consider?
It is worthy of consideration. Most issues with any crossbow will happen in the first two years. If issues don't show up you are good to go for many years beyond that.
My thoughts on warranties have changed in the last few years. If you build a bow that has problems, you need to offer a lifetime warranty and if you build a bow that is of the highest quality you won't need a warranty. Ask any Excalibur owner if they have ever had an issue with thier crossbow and the answer will likely be a no or never. (they wouldn't really need a warranty) The same can be said about Ten Point. I service close to 50 crossbows a year, some need strings and/or cables, while others are here for broken risers or slivered limbs. I get to see alot of issues that tend to sway the way I think about crossbow design, and I look for those designs in future models. I also look for the designs that never seem to have issues or failures.
We are still a small but growing mom and pop business. I'm alot like everyone else in that I have a limited budget. I've got to invest wisely and I want nothing but happy customers. There are so many crossbows that are new this year, it was difficult to figure out what to buy. We looked closely at all of them and the clear winner was Wicked Ridge, Ten Point and Excalibur. They just don't have the issues that the other ones have.
I'm a little concerned about some of the new bows we saw this year. Lots of untested, quick to market bows out there. The manufacturers are rushing product to market, to meet the demand for something new and faster. I almost would rather see product refinements, rather than a new model with more bells and whistles.
Of course, all of this is just one mans opinion. In the end, the only person you need to make happy is yourself. Try as many crossbows as you can and pick one that just seems like it's an extension of yourself. If your crossbow fits, any little issues will soon be forgotten. All of the major crossbow companies out there will have enough warranty to keep nearly everyone happy.