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First Look: Rogue Fitness Stainless Steel Ohio Bar


Where to Purchase: Rogue Fitness

The 15 Second Intro

Model: Rogue Fitness Stainless Steel Ohio Bar

Tensile Strength: 195k

Spin: Composite Bushings

Materials: Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves

Retail Price: $350

If you're anything like me, you look forward to any new releases by Rogue Fitness.

Whenever Rogue introduces something new, there's this anticipation that whatever the piece of gear is, that it will revolutionize the industry.

Typically, what will happen is Rogue will release something and every other company scrambles to keep up. Like the head of a ship, wherever it goes, everyone follows.

Is the new Stainless Steel Ohio Bar unlike anything else available today? Not necessarily. American Barbell once had a stainless steel bar that was created on accident that absolutely sold like hotcakes.

But, what Rogue does that other companies struggle in competing with is the fact that when they come to market with a new item, it's almost always the best it can be. Everything about their products are overly built and expertly engineered because they want to continue being looked on as the industry innovator. Also, they have a lifetime warranty on many of their items that other companies simply can't afford to give.


Why Stainless Steel?

The question that will inevitably rise is around whether a stainless steel barbell is necessary.

Well, is having a decked out workout facility in your garage that many businesses would be jealous of necessary? No. But there are certainly benefits as indicated in The Ultimate Home Gym Guide.

And as there are benefits to having a home gym, stainless steel is without a doubt one of the best bars you could have in your arsenal.

First off, stainless steel is the least corrosive steel used in barbells today.


Unless there's a barbell I'm unaware of, there simply isn't a better steel available for the home gym user.

Most of your barbells will be sitting in a place that is not climate controlled, aka your garage. In order to prevent corrosion as much as possible, you're going to want a barbell with the ability to resist rusting when its hot and humid and when your blood, sweat, and tears are ground into the bar.

Secondly, not only is stainless steel great for oxidation resistance, but it's also bare steel.

What that means is you get the most corrosion resistance with the best knurling feel you can find.

Ever wonder why people rave about bare steel barbells? It's because the bar has no plating so the knurling is as sharp as it was designed to be.

Simply put, stainless steel is the best type of steel that can be used in a barbell.

Other Features


The Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is machined AND assembled in Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the reasons Rogue has such high-quality control.

The bushings used are the same ones used in the Rogue Bar 2.0 and are black composite bushings. These allow for a consistent and durable spin.


The steel used is 195,000 PSI stainless steel. Often times today companies will tout an out of this world strong steel, but that isn't necessary. Not only can it affect the whip of the bar, but it's overkill for just about everyone besides those squatting over 1,500 lbs (aka nobody, except maybe Lillebridge eventually.)

Official Specs:


  • Manufactured in Columbus, OH
  • Diameter: 28.5MM
  • Weight: 20KG
  • Stainless Steel Shaft, Chrome Sleeves
  • Dual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power lifts
  • No Center Knurl
  • 195,000 PSI Tensile Strength Steel
  • Composite Bushings for Reliable Spin
  • 16.4” loadable sleeve length
  • Rogue branded endcaps

Where to Purchase: Rogue Fitness

Stay Strong, Live Long,


About Coop

Hello fellow fitness fanatics and equipment fueled fiends. I’m Coop and when not training I can be found mostly operating other entrepreneurial ventures, spending time with my Wife and family, and worshipping my risen Savior. You can find more about me here.

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    • TomN

      Hi Coop,

      I just got the Rogue Ohio stainless steel bar. It doesn’t look anything like the pictures on the product website. The bar looks like it’s been in a gym for a long time, like soiled and dirty. Not at all clean and shiny as the pictures portray. Was this your experience?

      • Tom, that doesn’t sound right. Contact Rogue with some pictures and they will make it right Could just be oil they coat the bar in.

        • TomN

          Thanks Coop, I did contact Rogue. They say it’s manufacturing dust. I think it’s disappointing quality control. I’ve never had anything from Rogue or other manufacturers in this condition. Rogue suggested brushing and wiping with mild detergent. I did that for an hour with slight improvement. In contrast, my Chan bar had what I’d call dust/oil that easily wiped off within a couple of minutes, and looked like web pictures. For the new bar, I had to order 3M stainless steel cleaner/polisher, then spent over an hour wiping. After several pairs of old socks (knurling shreds them up), the bar is now clean. If you ever want a really good forearm workout, this is it. Unfortunately, the bar finish doesn’t look like the misleading web pictures/videos from Rogue. It’s typical appliance shade (like other stainless steel bars), not like my stainless steel Demeyere cookware…darn…

          • Dang, that’s sad to hear. Hoping they clear this up in the future. Thanks for the update though!

  • boombeat

    how much do you think this will cost ?