I would love to hear thoughts on this subject. I have heard that crossbows benefit less from recurve than longer bows but this has not been my experience. My 16" prods draw smoother and shoot faster than their straight counterparts of the same dimensions. I think this is due to the extra hidden bow length. For example" the 16" recurve is actually an 18" prod with bends compressing the total nock to nock dimension. So drawing 6 or 7 inches isn't as critical as drawing a straight 16" to the same length. There's simply less material to do the work. Although the pre stressing places more load on some spots of the bow it draws more smoothly with less stacking.
Has anyone here experimented wth short heavily recurved bows in wood/fiberglass? If so what were your results and findings?