Yeah that probably wasn't too big of a jump to go for... I stopped by Crossfit Evolution and dropped Leo off an empty keg. They were doing Fran and his brother got 2:39. I was tired just watching him.
On the bar front I bought a Pendlay Mens bar back several years ago and it is great but I don't DL with it. It is slightly smaller in diameter then most bars and it does flex when you get up over 275. I have been using a bar I bought 20 years ago to DL it just feels right. If you find a good bar for squat and DL for a decent price let me know.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin