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ILF/Standard Recurve String

Our standard recurve strings are made with 8125 from BCY USA. They are pre-stretched, twisted and served under tension with a Speciality Superserver which produces a string you can trust.


For help on ordering please see the description below.

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Product description

Our standard recurve bowstrings are made with high quality materials from BCY USA. They are pre-stretched, twisted and served under tension with a Speciality Superserver which produces a recurve bowstring you can trust.

On all our recurve bowstrings the end loops are served with a single piece of Halo serving. This method provides a more durable, hard wearing bowstring.

All of our bowstrings are made by seasoned archer Deborah Waterhouse. Having the same professional making each bowstring means you can expect the same high quality output every time.



-BCY 8125 (Recommended for recurves), 100% SK75 Dyneema® fiber. Highest speed and higher durability. The choice of Olympic style recurve shooters worldwide. Also preferred by some compound shooters – particularly 3D.

-BCY X99 (Recommended for compounds), the replacement for BCY X 80% SK99 Highest quality Dyneema – 20% Vectran. Low creep, perfect for compounds.

-BCY Mercury, 100% SK99 Highest quality Dyneema, low creep, small diameter for a smoother rounder string. High strength, high durability.

-BCY 652, Spectra bowstring, same as the original Fast Flight, still the choice of many recurve shooters worldwide. 


String Lengths 

We measure all our finished recurve bowstrings by pulling them hand tight along a tape measure. This way our customers can do them same.

Our finished string lengths for ILF/Standard recurve bowstrings are 3.5″ shorter than the total length of your bow (please check your manufacturer’s recommended string length before ordering). If you would like a different length bowstring we also make Custom made strings.


Bow length

Your total bow length is dependent on your riser and limb length combination. Please see the table below that covers most combinations.-


Strand Count

For recurve archers the strand count in a string is important for a few reasons, how sharp the string feels in your fingers, how your nocks fit the string and the amount of strands in your string can be a useful variable when it comes to tuning your bow or trying to reach that next distance.

If you are unsure on what strand count you need please see the quick guide below.

Nock Size


The nock is the piece of the arrow that connects to the string. We build your string so that the centre serving has the correct diameter for your nocks. There are a lot of different nocks out there and if you need help identifying yours you can see the most common in Podium Bowstrings nock guide. If yours isn’t in there feel free to send us a picture via email and we will be happy to help. [email protected]


Colour Choice

When you select a colour you will see a green box appear around it. If you would like to choose a second colour you have to select “Dual colour” from the “How many colours would you like” section, £1 will be added to the cost of your string for this and a second colour selection will appear. To change your mind or get rid of this option you can simply click on the “Single colour” selection and the extra colour will be removed.

All the colour samples given to choose from are the spools we had at the time photographed in direct sunlight. There has been no editing to the colour in the photos. Colours may appear slightly different dependent on your display.

All the colours are dyed so there could be some very slight variation in colours when we get replacement spools but this should be too small of a difference to recognise.



Recurve bowstrings will come in plastic tubes as a standard. The tubes are clear to allow you to see the contents, they also have a sticker which is used to clearly identify the length, material, strand count and nock fit of the string. 


We make all our strings to order. We endeavour to get strings made within 5 working days. After, when we have posted your product, the arrival date will depend on the postage type you have chosen and the efficiency of the postal service at the time. International orders can take a substantially longer time to arrive.