Bells of Steel Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar

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  • Bells of Steel has taken a spin on the classic Swiss Bar by redesigning it to also double as a cable attachment. 
  • The welded bar comes with three different neutral grips to protect shoulders, a hook on the top for easy cable attachment, and a curved design to facilitate chest strength building. 
  • The Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar weighs just 24 pounds but boasts a moderate weight rating of 600 pounds, which is more than enough for most users. 
  • It’s important to note that the sleeves on the Arch Nemesis are not compatible with regular 2-inch collars.
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • 3 neutral grip angles designed to protect shoulders
  • Versatile
  • Budget-friendly
  • Free shipping
  • Good warranty
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
What needs improvement ...
  • Knurling is not aggressive enough for some
  • Regular 2-inch collars will not fit the sleeve

Product Summary

The Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar offers more than just three grip options seen on many specialty bars. It also functions as a cable attachment so it can be used for lat pulldowns, low rows, and a variety of other pulling movements. 

The narrow grip measures 12 inches long, the middle is 20.5 inches, and the wide grip comes in at 29 inches, all of which contribute to its versatility and functionality. Dubbed by Bells of Steel as a “shoulder saver and bench maker,” this bar is intended to alleviate shoulder pain experienced in pressing movements and to develop lockout strength when benching. 

At just 24 pounds, the Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar is lightweight with a maximum weight rating of 600 pounds, which is more than enough for the majority of users. It features a black powder coated finish to protect the bar from scratches and is equipped with steel tubing sleeves. However, these sleeves are smaller than a typical barbell by a few millimeters, which means traditional 2-inch collars will not fit correctly. 

The knurling on the Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar falls on the passive side, which may be an issue for anyone who appreciates aggressive knurling. Still, costing less than $200, the Arch Nemesis Bar is one of the most affordable on the market with impressive specs. 



5.5” x 7.5”

Max weight capacity

600 lbs


24 lbs





Grip handle distances

Narrow: 12”, middle: 20.5”, wide: 29”


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      Bells of Steel offers great value in its Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar, a mid-tier curved barbell with three neutral grip options intended to take pressure off the shoulders.