Rogue Fitness has updated their already outstanding Ohio Deadlift Bar by adding a Cerakote finish that will increase the overall health of the barbell.
Rogue Fitness is generally the popular choice when looking to add a barbell to round out any home or commercial gym, and for good reason. Rogue does not produce a barbell just to produce a barbell.
It is easy to see they put time and effort into any creation. From their barbells, to squat racks, to bumper plates. Rogue has a strong reputation of building equipment that is made to last, and the Rogue Cerakote Ohio Deadlift Bar is no exception.
The Rogue Cerakote Deadlift Bar is the definition of, if it's not broken don't fix it.
When comparing the original Ohio Deadlift Bar and the Ohio Deadlift Bar-Cerakote the only difference is in the name. Rogue didn't need to go back to the drawing board to enhance the ODB, but simply add a Cerakote finish to increase resistance to corrosion and add some cool colors.
When investing into a Cerakote bar, like the Cerakote Ohio Deadlift Bar, you will find the corrosion resistance is made to withstand almost anything. When sprayed with a salt spray, Cerakote finished at the top of being the most corrosive resistant, even when compared to stainless steel.
After being sprayed, stainless steel began to show signs of rust after 24 hours, which mind you, is still a long time. However, the same salt spray that was used on the stainless steel finish was also used on the Cerakote and the Cerakote did not show signs of corrosive until 2,034 HOURS IN! When choosing a bar to begin your home gym with, tests like this should factor into your decisions.
The Cerakote Ohio Deadlift Bar comes in four different color ways, black, red, blue, and OD green. Each of these color ways are paired with a black Cerakote sleeve finish and with center Rogue branding.
Just as the original ODB, the barbell is manufactured in the United States in Columbus, Ohio and is manufactured with the competitive powerlifter in mind. The barbell weighs in at 20kg and is 27mm in diameter. The thinner diameter allows for a better grip and a whippier shaft.
Each ODB - Cerakote barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining, enabling a consistent smooth surface.
Another popular barbell in the powerlifting community is the Okie Deadlift Bar, you can find our full review on it here. When comparing the two, they both weigh in at 20 kg and 27mm in diameter. A big difference between the Rogue and the Okie is the tensile strength and knurling.
Rogue Fitness Ohio Deadlift Bar - Cerakote has a tensile strength of 190k, while the Okie has a 155k PSI tensile strength. The stronger the tensile, the less prone to bending it is. The knurling on the Okie Deadlift Bar is also extremely sharp, almost too sharp for most people.
Something to understand about the Cerakote Ohio Deadlift Bar is that the knurling won't feel as sharp as the raw steel version does. If you want the sharpest knurl available, then the raw steel version will be your best bet, although expect it to patina over time.
The powerlifting knurl also means the marks are a little deeper and more aggressive than a typical Rogue Ohio Power Bar. Which makes sense with this being a deadlift specific barbell.
The bar length is 90.5" which again, is nothing new with the updated ODP Cerakote. This is a half-inch shorter than the Okie Deadlift Bar, but both bars are still inside most powerlifting federation standards. The longer the bar, the more it will whip and therefore the easier it should be to deadlift as the weight will begin breaking at a higher height than a stiff bar.
The distance between sleeves on the Ohio Deadlift Bar - Cerakote is 56" giving the loadable sleeves a length of 15.5 inches.
The Ohio Deadlift Bar - Cerakote sleeves feature a snap-ring construction, which has pretty much become the standard for most bars.
The snap-ring is a function that fits into a groove on the inside of the rotating sleeve. The snap-ring is like a circular spring; it compresses to fit inside the sleeve and then "snaps" back to its full diameter when it hits the groove. Once it has snapped into place, it is all but impossible for that ring to come out.
It's important to remember, if you are looking to purchase your first barbell, we would suggest a different barbell such as a Rogue Ohio Power Bar that specializes in versatility more than just deadlifts.
BUT, if you are looking to add to your arsenal of barbells, the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar - Cerakote is the answer. With Rogue's lifetime warranty and quality barbells, you can't go wrong.
The only thing I would like to see with the updated ODB is a chrome sleeve option rather than all being black cerakote. A chrome sleeve won't show the wear you put the barbell through as much as Cerakote in our experience.
Overall, the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar - Cerakote is sure to be one of the best options when looking at deadlift specific barbells.
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