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Best Rogue Olympic Bar

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Earl Hamilton
• Sunday, 20 December, 2020
• 15 min read

It's good because you have a plethora of options to choose from to improve your squat, deadlift, bench press, as well as Olympic Lifts and general training movements. It's bad because it's suddenly that much harder to decide which bar (s) to spend your hard-earned money on.

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Combining Rogue Fitness' attention to detail, outstanding customer service, and large manufacturing power, the Regular 2.0 can perform for nearly every movement or training style imaginable. Not too long ago a barbell featuring 190k PSI tensile strength steel, a bushing rotation system, and high-quality knurl with a lifetime warranty would have cost you nearly $1,000.

Although the Regular 2.0 is our current pick for the best Olympic Barbell for most people, there are many others worth considering. Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, the 29MM Rogue Ohio Power Bar features a 205,000 PSI steel shaft (200,000 PSI for Stainless), single powerlifting knurl marks, and center knurling.

The bar’s knurl pattern is deep and coarse without being sharp or abrasive, and the 29MM shaft diameter and high tensile strength result in little to no flex or whip. This makes the Ohio Power Bar a perfectly honed workhorse for the bench, squat, and deadlift.

The 45LB Ohio Power Bar includes bronze bushings, a snap ring design, and 16.25” of loadable sleeve length. Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the bar also features a snap-ring design and quality bronze bushings for a smooth, consistent feel.

The bar includes single powerlifting marks and a center knurl, each featuring a deep, coarse pattern that produces a reliable grip / stick without being sharp or abrasive. The Zinc option (black shaft, bright sleeves) provides excellent corrosion resistance, the Bare Steel creates a classic look and natural feel, and the new Stainless Steel variation (with Chrome sleeves) strikes a balance between the two.

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The Ohio Power Bar’s quality construction is backed by Rogue’s Lifetime Warranty against bending. Please Note: The warranty does not cover damage due to negligent or faulty use, alteration, maintenance, storage or handling by the user, i.e., dropping the bar on a box, bench, spotter arms or pins in a power rack, excessive dropping with insufficient or damaged bumpers, or excessive dropping with iron plates, and similar usage.

Any specific issues regarding a Rogue product with which a customer is not satisfied will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Whether you’re a beginner learning the squat, deadlift, and bench or an experienced lifter, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar can handle whatever you throw at it.

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar must be felt to experience the quality differences between it, and it’s competition. The shaft and sleeves are finished in hard chrome for added durability and corrosion resistance, and the knurl pattern is crisp with just the right amount of tack.

It has a great, medium-depth knurling that grips well with chalk and does well for barbell cycling if you're a CrossFit athlete and is also fine for max effort lifts for Powerlifters and Olympic Weightlifters (although we'd recommend specialized bars.) We've tested and reviewed the AB Training Bar for over three years now and still like it as much as we did on day one.

The shafts are center less ground, demagnetized and oiled to the max before shipping to Texas. Once at our production facility, we machine and then knurl each shaft to create a grip that is still the best in the industry.

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Texas Power Bars have different finishes available including black zinc and chrome plating. Big tensile strength numbers sound very impressive, and we have them but, the proof is on the platform.

Buy Now ($304.99) The Buddy Camps Texas Power Bar is one of the most legendary barbells ever made. The knurling on the Texas Power Bar is aggressive and sharp, which has the benefit of staying in your hands during a max pull, however, it also has the disadvantage of ripping your callouses off.

However, the main reason is that we see it as a bar that is yes, extremely popular and a good performer, but, has been passed by bars with higher tensile strength and that utilize newer machinery and offer more options like Create, stainless steel, and other materials. The new stainless steel version of our 20KG Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and features a 200,000 PSI tensile strength shafts, chrome sleeves, and an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that’s 100% in its original, machined form for an unmatched feel.

With no plating, the knurl on the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes. The combination of a stainless steel shaft and chrome sleeves also creates a sharp look with few equals.

This is a very robust way of building a barbell, and can produce a smooth, consistent spin not possible with lesser import bars. The multi-purpose Ohio Bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy Powerlifting.

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Specifications: Manufactured in Columbus, OH Diameter: 28.5MM Weight: 20KG Stainless Steel Shaft, Chrome Sleeves Dual Knurl Marks for Only and Power lifts No Center Knurl 200,000 PSI Tensile Strength Steel Composite Bushings for Reliable Spin 16.40” loadable sleeve length Rogue branded end caps For this reason, we recommend the Regular 2.0 due to its lower price point for what is essentially the same bar.

This said, the corrosion resistance of stainless steel along with the superior knurling (due to no coating) are great to have if you're looking for a general purpose barbell and the increased cost is not an issue for you. It Is am 29 mm bar, with aggressive but not overly sharp knurl, and standard powerlifting markings.

What this means in practical terms is that the knurl won’t wear down over the years, leaving you with a bar that is performing sub par compared to when it was new. Even where the bar contacts the rack it will maintain that fine, tacky, aggressive knurl just like the day it was unboxed.

Lastly, another small feature to differentiate our bar is the center marks in the knurl. We fully stand behind our product and believe in it wholeheartedly, which is why each bar comes with a 5-year warranty against any type of manufacturing defect.

What this means is if your bar begins to wear prematurely, we will repair or replace it free of charge. Depending on many variables such as the height and weight used this is just simply too much force into one area of the bar to not cause permanent deformation.

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After using the New Generation Power Bar since its release, we can confidently recommend it despite its high price tag. This bar is the strongest available with a tested 250K+ PSI Tensile Strength steel shaft, and it is stiff.

At 29MM, the Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is made to take any amount of weight you can throw at it and keep on performing. The knurl utilizes a similar volcanic pattern to the Rogue Ohio Power Bar, but is much finer.

The New Generation Power Bar also comes in a variety of finishes that should satisfy anyone’s needs, although we would like to see a Stainless Steel version. If you're a seasoned athlete or an affiliate owner, consider stepping up to the Bomb Bar V2 (made in America) or even our Fringe Sport Weightlifting Barbell.

Here are a couple of Wonder Bar features to be aware of:The 28 mm shaft diameter is great for Olympic movements. The needle bearing cartridges provide great spin, but may require oiling in time. If you’re new to lifting or building a home gym and need more info to learn what type of barbell works best for you, here’s a helpful guide. We have an informal state motto here in Texas- “come and take it.” Not only do we want you to do this with the Wonder Bar V2, but we’d like to put our own spin on it. Although we'll go into more detail on why The Regular 2.0 ranks above the Wonder Bar and others, the smaller 28 mm shaft and black zinc coating on the sleeves are less than optimal for the majority of trainees.

CAP Barbell 2" solid power squat bar is designed to handle over 1000 lbs. This 7' bar has a black oxide finish and comes with proper hand placement markers and comfortable center knurling.

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Accommodates all 2" plates. Black oxide finished placement markers and comfortable center knurlingIdeal for squats, bench presses, and deadliftsCollars not includedAccommodates all 2 inch plates. It has by far the worst specs of any bar on this list, but it also has the lowest price and, simply put, gets the job done.

Yes, the knurling will get fatigued and worn overtime and the sleeves will most likely get scraped, but it will continue to perform when we need it too. There are five physical characteristics of an Olympic Barbell that will cause distinctions between the wide array of bars available today.

This is a made up fantasy designed to satisfy buyers limited amount of knowledge and is more often than not seen on very cheap bars. A dynamic test is much more telling and involves tracking how the bar bends when dropped with a certain amount of weight.

A bushing rotation system will provide a shoot and consistent spin that will require little maintenance and should last for many decades. Whip is determined by the load on the bar, the materials used, the method of steel processing and the diameter of the shaft.

In addition to this, we went to Garage Gym Reviews HQ to rank and test what we have on hand (around 20 bars currently.) After researching around 55 barbells worth your time and money, we narrowed it down to our top picks, all of which we acquired to test out in house.

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Due to the various specializations of training, each category will have barbells that hit every price point from $100 all the way up to $1,000 plus. A barbell should last a LONG time; attention to detail provided by the manufacturer will aid in reliability and consistency.

This is much higher than the average lifted by most people and the only bar that features this low of tensile strength is our budget pick. The reason is due to how it will rough up the neck and chin area of the body when used for power cleans and front squats.

During testing, we performed all the major barbell movements including squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press, clean and jerk, and snatch. We blind tested the feel of the knurling, observed the spin of the sleeves using a 25 lb bumper plate, weighed and measured the diameter of the shafts for accuracy, and tested the oxidation of the bars over 3 weeks while left in an often opened garage in the Midwest.

Every bar in this guide is a good value, but Rogue Fitness has been the innovator in this category for some time and the Regular 2.0 is a shining example of how great a barbell under $300 can be. Rogue Fitness has invested more money in the tools designed to cut knurling than likely any company in the world.

In order to keep their reputation as an industry leader not only are they focusing on building new products, but also improving previous bestsellers. Aggressive enough to grip during max lifts, especially while using chalk, yet passive enough to prevent your hands from looking like they just went through a meat grinder.

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The advantage of this for those with bad mobility or long arms is they can spread their hands out to the sleeves on movements like the snatch and still have grip. All black zinc coating will fade over time, but it doesn't affect the performance of the bar.

There is a slight ribbed pattern on the sleeves that provide both a great noise when plates are slid on and a grip. However, composite bushings are self lubricating and are used for much more important matters than lifting weights in your garage.

Rogue is known for their outstanding customer service, and if your bar should ever malfunction or take a turn that is less than straight, they will help you solve the problem. Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, the 29MM Rogue Ohio Power Bar features a 205,000 PSI steel shaft (200,000 PSI for Stainless), single powerlifting knurl marks, and center knurling.

The bar’s knurl pattern is deep and coarse without being sharp or abrasive, and the 29MM shaft diameter and high tensile strength result in little to no flex or whip. This makes the Ohio Power Bar a perfectly honed workhorse for the bench, squat, and deadlift.

The 45LB Ohio Power Bar includes bronze bushings, a snap ring design, and 16.25” of loadable sleeve length. Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the bar also features a snap-ring design and quality bronze bushings for a smooth, consistent feel.

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The bar includes single powerlifting marks and a center knurl, each featuring a deep, coarse pattern that produces a reliable grip / stick without being sharp or abrasive. The Zinc option (black shaft, bright sleeves) provides excellent corrosion resistance, the Bare Steel creates a classic look and natural feel, and the new Stainless Steel variation (with Chrome sleeves) strikes a balance between the two.

The Ohio Power Bar’s quality construction is backed by Rogue’s Lifetime Warranty against bending. Please Note: The warranty does not cover damage due to negligent or faulty use, alteration, maintenance, storage or handling by the user, i.e., dropping the bar on a box, bench, spotter arms or pins in a power rack, excessive dropping with insufficient or damaged bumpers, or excessive dropping with iron plates, and similar usage.

Any specific issues regarding a Rogue product with which a customer is not satisfied will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This bar will quickly give you an experience of value and a feeling that you will be able to squat more, bench smoother, and train your deadlift stronger.

The Rogue OPT is so well liked, it won a recent bracket we held on Instagram that had over 100,000 entries. Not only is it us that love this bar, but it's generally regarded as the best powerlifting barbell by the home gym community.

We truly feel like this could be the last barbell you will ever buy (plus it’s listed at a very fair and affordable price and their warranty should cover you.) Using a quality barbell is an experience and one that is, in our opinion, the most valuable aspect of your home gym that, hopefully, you may one day be able to pass down to your kids.

The shafts are center less ground, demagnetized and oiled to the max before shipping to Texas. Once at our production facility, we machine and then knurl each shaft to create a grip that is still the best in the industry.

Texas Power Bars have different finishes available including black zinc and chrome plating. Big tensile strength numbers sound very impressive, and we have them but, the proof is on the platform.

Produced by Buddy Camps, the Texas Power Bar quickly became the ruler other companies would use to measure themselves against after years of tried and true service. In all actuality, it could be reasoned that more world records have been registered using the Buddy Camps Texas Power Bar than any barbell ever fabricated.

That’s crazy to think about, but it’s one of the reasons that the TAB is still considered one of the greatest barbells available, despite its construction and steel being more or less the same as it was when it was first introduced. The Texas Power Bar utilizes the “peaky mountain” style of knurling that we would describe as being aggressive and assuring.

Many lifters prefer this style of knurling due to this feeling of precise sharpness that just seems to work when held across your back or wrapped tightly with your fingers. All around, the Buddy Camps Texas Power Bar is a good, trusted barbell with a long backed reputation.

Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining, allowing for a very smooth finish. With no plating, the knurl on the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes.

The combination of a stainless steel shaft and chrome sleeves also creates a sharp look with few equals. This is a very robust way of building a barbell, and can produce a smooth, consistent spin not possible with lesser import bars.

The Regular 2.0 has since taken pretty much everything the Ohio Bar has, sans bronze bushings, and is at a lower price. The SS Ohio Bar features the same knurling and build quality as the Regular 2.0 along with the industries best warranty.

It Is am 29 mm bar, with aggressive but not overly sharp knurl, and standard powerlifting markings. What this means in practical terms is that the knurl won’t wear down over the years, leaving you with a bar that is performing sub par compared to when it was new.

Even where the bar contacts the rack it will maintain that fine, tacky, aggressive knurl just like the day it was unboxed. We fully stand behind our product and believe in it wholeheartedly, which is why each bar comes with a 5-year warranty against any type of manufacturing defect.

What this means is if your bar begins to wear prematurely, we will repair or replace it free of charge. Depending on many variables such as the height and weight used this is just simply too much force into one area of the bar to not cause permanent deformation.

Put simply, it’s one of the highest quality bars on the market at any price point. Muffin is an accomplished powerlifter, loves the strength world, but what’s really important to note is that he has a distinguished engineering background.

In terms of feel, it’s been hard to pick which bar is the best.” Again, this is very much a preferential argument, and we’ve gone back and forth between the Kabuki CGPB and the Rogue OPT. We are pleased with the 29 mm diameter as this seems to be a favorite among lifters when squatting and pressing (overhead or on a bench).

The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar certainly is one of the most detailed, well-thought-out barbells on the market today. If you're a seasoned athlete or an affiliate owner, consider stepping up to the Bomb Bar V2 (made in America) or even our Fringe Sport Weightlifting Barbell.

Here are a couple of Wonder Bar features to be aware of:The 28 mm shaft diameter is great for Olympic movements. The needle bearing cartridges provide great spin, but may require oiling in time. If you’re new to lifting or building a home gym and need more info to learn what type of barbell works best for you, here’s a helpful guide. We have an informal state motto here in Texas- “come and take it.” Not only do we want you to do this with the Wonder Bar V2, but we’d like to put our own spin on it. Buy Now ($199.00)If you want something more affordable and don't mind black zinc sleeves, we also like the FringeS port Wonder Bar.

Unlike our top pick, the Wonder Bar comes with black zinc coated sleeves, a slightly smaller 28 mm shaft listed at 205,000 PSI tensile strength, and bronze bushings. The fact that you can purchase a barbell for $200 with a tensile strength over 200,000 PSI reflects the current state of the barbell industry: an arms race to have the cheapest bar with the highest tensile strength.

This is the standard shaft diameter for barbells used in Olympic Weightlifting, but for general training we believe this is too thin for most people. Not only does it look awesome thanks to the vibrant colors that can be applied, but it's very durable and resistant to oxidation that occurs so often in a garage gym.

That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

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