@Bearman: You say that 3T acknowledged the issue of your crushed bars and replaced them. So are you saying they acknowledged that their own faceplate on the stem was the cause of your crushed bars, also 3T bars? You'd think they'd issue a recall if that were the case.
I was interested to hear you say you think the LTD's were flexy. I have the LTD Rotundos but was thinking about trying some alloy Pro's just to see if they're stiffer. There are times out of saddle in sprints where I'm thinking things are getting a little sketchy. I guess the only way I will know is to try them myself, which I think I will do one of these days, when it needs retaping or something anyway.
Correct my bars and stem were both 3T. It was only after I wanted to get rid of the LTDs because of the flex that the bike shop mechanic who'd originally fitted them noticed on taking them off that these bars had been crushed too like my original pair. It was my impression that I'd originally torqued up the first pair to much and crushed them. We then placed the face plate on my new bars held it up to the light and you could see a visible gap. The mechanic got another 3T stem, same model (serial number confirmed) and the problem was the same, out of all the pairs only one fitted closely to the bars. I'm not sure about a total recall as it could have been a batch, I don't know but it was interesting that it wasn't necessarily and isolated case or me being heavy handed.
The LTD's are extremely flexy in my opinion, I'm a small guy and if you push the drop inwards you can move them, I noticed this difference as soon a I originally changed them. I wasn't interested in the wieght saving just the shape of the bar and that's all that was available at the time, it didn't occur to me that a 20g reduction in carbon would make such a difference but that's a lot of material. You'd be hard pushed to flex the Ergonova Team bars, they're so stiff. 3rd time lucky.