Rogue Fitness is known for making some of the best barbells in the world. They use US-sourced steel, make them in Columbus, Ohio, and have a dedication to great specs, customer service, and lifetime warranties. I have now used every barbell they make and wanted to provide an honest assessment and review on each one.

Rogue Fitness is, by and large, making the best Olympic Barbells in the world. There was a time when that statement was questionable, but today, I think it would be hard to argue that Rogue has the most complete line of quality barbells for every type of lifter and every budget. We’ve used and tested nearly every single barbell (and specialty bar) Rogue manufactures and sells. Here are our top picks as well as opinions on the rest.

Best Value Bar
Rogue Bar 2.0
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This is the next generation of the 28.5MM Olympic bar that helped launch the revolution. Now fully machined and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, the Rogue Bar 2.0 represents the highest level of precision engineering with a wide range of new features—including stronger 190 PSI steel, durable composite bushings, and CNC-machined groove sleeves with customizable color bands, available here Like the original flagship Rogue Bar, Version 2.0 still offers convenient dual knurl marks for both Olympic and powerlifting, with a black zinc coated shaft and bright zinc sleeves. The addition of a groove in the sleeve enables athletes and coaches to more easily identify and differentiate bars by changing out the bands. The bar comes standard with Rogue-branded bands, but you can swap them out with any of the additional color options available, or even use any custom, personalized band that matches the dimensions. The Rogue Bar 2.0 is among the first in our arsenal to use composite bushings—a self-lubricating material often found in hi-tech aerospace equipment and military vehicles. For intense, high-rep training, these bushings dramatically minimize friction to both provide a reliable spin and help extend the shelf life of the bar itself. The Rogue Bar helped us cement our reputation at the CrossFit Games and beyond, and we believe the Rogue Bar 2.0 is a worthy successor to that mantle.

The Rogue Bar 2.0 is the best value barbell in the world. I’ve written about this extensively in various places, but for most people that want the ability to do a wide variety of training such as squat, deadlift, press, clean, snatch, etc, this is the best bar for the job, in my opinion. Although this is the barbell most often used in the CrossFit Games, it’s not exclusively for those that do CrossFit. Thanks to its 190K PSI Tensile Strength Steel, reliable composite bushings, outstanding knurl pattern, and a lifetime warranty that is actually worth more something, this is the bar we suggest for most people. The Rogue Ohio Bar is a very similar bar, but it costs more, uses bronze bushings instead of composite (this hasn’t proven to make a difference in durability), and comes in different finish options.

Best Powerlifting Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
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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. When ordering, you can select from three finish options: Black Zinc shaft with Bright Zinc sleeves Stainless Steel shaft with Chrome sleeves Bare Steel Rogue also manufactures a 20KG Ohio Power Bar, with friction-welded sleeves and 16.25" loadable sleeve space. The Ohio Power Bar’s 29MM diameter steel shaft boasts a tensile strength of 205,000 PSI (200,000 PSI for Stainless), delivering superior rigidity and virtually zero whip/flex. 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. Perfecting this knurl pattern is both a science and an art. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus on new Haas machines (built in the USA) and fine-tuned and personally tested by the Rogue team. Depending on the look and feel you prefer, there is a version of the Ohio Power Bar right in your wheelhouse. 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. This is a barbell equipped for high intensity, everyday use. 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.

If your training focuses on the big three, meaning the squat, bench press, and deadlift, then the Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the best barbell that Rogue makes for that style of training. Powerlifting is focused on lifting the most amount of weight in three different lifts, so your bar needs to handle the weight without releasing it from your hands. The Ohio Power Bar has been our Top Pick for the Best Powerlifting Barbell for a few years now, and although there are more expensive bars, there aren’t any that we think are a better value (same goes for cheaper bars.) The knurling is immaculate and has been copied tens of times over by competitors, and it’s incredibly stiff thanks to the 210K PSI Tensile Strength Steel and 29MM diameter shaft.

Best Weightlifting Bar
Rogue Pyrros Bar - 28MM
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While developing a design for a new Olympic bearing bar, Rogue had the privilege of working with the most decorated weightlifter of all time, three-time Olympic gold medalist Pyrros Dimas. The Greek legend laid out everything he would look for in an ideal barbell—including (a) a slightly more aggressive knurl and (b) a more controlled spin that lets him feel connected to the weight throughout the lift. We provided him with bars made from different types of steel, multiple different knurl textures, and different sleeve lubricants. After lifting on all of them, he gave his feedback on each of the parameters, including which steel had the best whip. At the end of the day, we made a bar that combined all of his top picks. When we showed him what we’d come up with, his response was better than we could have imagined. “It's Perfect,” he said. “You should call it the Pyrros Bar.” And so we did. The Pyrros Bar combines a stainless steel, 200,000 PSI tensile strength shaft with chrome plated sleeves and 10 quality needle bearings. The new knurl texture was chosen unanimously by two members of the USA Weightlifting World Championship team, along with Pyrros himself, from a pool of six options. For the bearings, we’ve selected a more viscous lubricant to create the controlled spin that Pyrros prefers, and we added an original end-cap design that pays homage to Pyrros’s Greek heritage and Olympic triumphs. Achieving the right knurl texture and a controlled spin were essential to creating a Pyrros-approved barbell. For the knurling, we experimented with several patterns before choosing a new, more aggressive style unanimously selected by Pyrros and two members of the U.S.A. Weightlifting team (a center knurl was also included by request). Creating the perfect knurl is as much art as it is science, so after gauging, each shaft is manually tested to ensure that the "feel" meets Rogue's standards. Similar attention is paid to the bar's precision needle bearings, five sets of which are included in each chrome sleeve. While the bearings produce a smooth and reliable spin, the use of a more viscous lubricant produced the spin that Pyrros was looking for, ensuring better stability of the weight during heavier lifts and more control for the athlete. The Pyrros Oly Bar is made from a high-strength, stainless steel alloy, producing a shaft with a minimum tensile strength of 200,000 PSI. Personally selected by Pyrros and two members of the U.S.A. Weightlifting Team for its optimal "whip" and "flex," this stainless steel is the same type we originally developed for our world-record breaking Elephant Bar. With no plating, the knurl is left exactly how we machined it, providing a natural feel that is less reliant on chalk, with better corrosion resistance than bare steel. Please Note: Rogue recommends using a synthetic bristle brush, NOT a steel brush, to clean a stainless steel shaft. Steel on steel can cause rusting over time. Every Pyrros Bar is machined in Columbus, Ohio (on American-made Haas machines) and guaranteed to meet International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) specifications. The shaft is ground and polished prior to machining and individually tested and straightened to within 0.015” (0.38MM). Using a technique from automotive and aviation manufacturing, the sleeves are friction welded for a bond as strong as a single piece of steel, and then machined to our exacting standards. After machining, all parts are gauged to ensure optimum performance. In our barbell assembly department, the shaft is again tested and straightened and the components of each bar are weighed together. Once the weight standard of +20 grams/-10 grams is met, the bar is assembled by hand followed by an individual test for straightness and reliable spin. 
 A national hero in Greece, Pyrros Dimas owns three World Weightlifting Championships along with three gold medals from the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games. He has few equals in the sport, so designing a barbell up to his standards was both a privilege and a great challenge. We’re proud to say we’ve produced a bar that Pyrros Dimas has personally called “perfect.” Specifications:Made in the USA20KG Olympic Bearing Bar (International Weightlifting Federation standards)Co-Developed with 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Pyrros DimasStainless Steel Shaft, Chrome SleevesDiameter: 28MM5 Needle Bearings per sleeveOlympic Knurl Marks with Center Knurl in aggressive but non-abrasive patternLoadable Sleeve Length: 16.30"Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSIExclusive Pyrros Dimas Endcap Design

The Rogue Pyrros Bar is Rogue Fitness’ answer to the Eleiko IWF Competition Weightlifting Bar. This bar is now IWF certified, features one of the fastest spinning sleeves we’ve ever tested (thanks to its 5 needle bearings per sleeve,) outstanding knurling that was supposedly chosen by the legendary Olympic Weightlifter Pyrros Dimas, and a stainless steel shaft which prevents any plating from being between your hands and the bar. Although the knurling may be a bit too sharp for some, we think it’s fine for training and we feel it’s worth $100 more than the lower tier weightlifting bars Rogue offers due to the quality and materials used. If you want something cheaper, take a look at the Rogue Olympic WL Bar.

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There are few, if any people that have used a wider variety of barbells than I have(I try to say that with humility, in the end, it’s just steel so there’s not much to brag about, but I believe the statement holds water.) I own over 100 different bars (not 100 of the same bar, but all different varieties) from Olympic Barbells to specialty bars, have visited Rogue Fitness to see, touch, and use what they had on display, and am one of the few people who have seen, in person, the manufacturing of Rogue barbells in Columbus, Ohio. Rogue barbells aren’t the only barbells worth considering, there are many from competitors like Eleiko, Kabuki Strength, Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar, Uesaka, DHS, and a myriad of other companies that are worth researching. But, for most people, a Rogue Barbell with a lifetime warranty and a high standard of customer service is a hard barbell not to recommend.

Rogue Bar 2.0

Best Value CrossFit Bar
Rogue Bar 2.0
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This is the next generation of the 28.5MM Olympic bar that helped launch the revolution. Now fully machined and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, the Rogue Bar 2.0 represents the highest level of precision engineering with a wide range of new features—including stronger 190 PSI steel, durable composite bushings, and CNC-machined groove sleeves with customizable color bands, available here Like the original flagship Rogue Bar, Version 2.0 still offers convenient dual knurl marks for both Olympic and powerlifting, with a black zinc coated shaft and bright zinc sleeves. The addition of a groove in the sleeve enables athletes and coaches to more easily identify and differentiate bars by changing out the bands. The bar comes standard with Rogue-branded bands, but you can swap them out with any of the additional color options available, or even use any custom, personalized band that matches the dimensions. The Rogue Bar 2.0 is among the first in our arsenal to use composite bushings—a self-lubricating material often found in hi-tech aerospace equipment and military vehicles. For intense, high-rep training, these bushings dramatically minimize friction to both provide a reliable spin and help extend the shelf life of the bar itself. The Rogue Bar helped us cement our reputation at the CrossFit Games and beyond, and we believe the Rogue Bar 2.0 is a worthy successor to that mantle.

Who’s it for: This is for the person that wants a reliable barbell that can do it all. Although most people will end up owning a few different barbells (they’re kind of like bicycles; N+1) the Rogue Bar 2.0 was designed specifically for CrossFit. Regardless of whether you do CrossFit or not, the reason that you may want a bar designed for CrossFit is that it’s a training system that literally does every type of barbell movement. Therefore, this bar is designed for those that want a bar that can do it all, and do it well.

What’s the knurling like: Being designed for a variety of movements, and specifically movements performed with wide rep ranges, the knurling on this bar is pretty passive. I wouldn’t consider it passive as there are much smoother knurlings out there, but it feels nothing like a power bar, which can be a good thing for some movements, and not as good for others.

Why it’s great: The Rogue Bar 2.0 should be Rogue’s Flagship barbell. I say that it should be and not that it is because the Rogue Ohio Bar takes that spot. However, I think the Rogue Bar 2.0 isn’t advertised as much or has as many options for shaft coatings is because it’s at a lower price than the Ohio Bar with essentially the same specs. So, for about $30 less, you get the same specs, including warranty as the Ohio Bar with a different name.

I’ve had this bar for nearly 5 years. In that time, I’ve used it in my garage gym with various humidity and temperature levels (as high as 105°F and as low as -5°F.) In addition, it’s been used in my personal training studio by people who care about the equipment much less than I do and been dropped overhead more times than I can count. Despite all of this, the bar is still straight as an arrow, spins better than the day I got it, and although there’s fading to the black zinc shaft and some surface rust, with some brushing and a little oil, it looks good enough to take out to dinner.

I really do think this is the best value barbell on the market. There are bars with better features like colored Cerakote shafts, deeper knurling, and faster spinning sleeves, but for something that gets the job done and will do so for decades at a price anyone starting a home gym should be able to afford, this is my pick, and not just from Rogue, but from everyone in the market.

Flaws, but not dealbreakers: Here’s the problem with a catch-all barbell like the Rogue Bar 2.0, or any product for that matter, it’s going to be serviceable for everything, but not as good as the specialty items for a certain niche. For example, although it works great for back squats, there’s no center knurl so it doesn’t grip the shirt and doesn’t feel as safe as a power bar. Although it’s great for the classical lifts like the clean and jerk and the snatch, it’s not as whippy as a dedicated Olympic Weightlifting Bar because it has a 28.5MM diameter shaft instead of 28MM and bushings instead of needle bearings. Although the black zinc is nice to guard against corrosion, stainless steel blows it out of the water.

So, the Rogue Bar 2.0 definitely has flaws, but they’re pretty much all inherent in the price point and goal of the bar. If you want ONE barbell in your gym and don’t want your bar to limit the movements you can perform, then this is the one (I’d just suggest you buy more than one.)

What are the alternative options: By no means is this bar the only one worth looking at from Rogue or others in the general purpose/CrossFit barbell realm.

The Rogue Ohio Bar is the closest bar to this one. I prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 because it’s basically the same, but at a lower price. I would only suggest the Ohio Bar if you want colors that come with Cerakote, or want a stainless steel shaft and are willing to pay for it.

The American Barbell Training Bar is a bar we’ve reviewed with much praise in the past and still find it to be an excellent alternative. It’s made in the USA, has a great knurling, similar specs, and has been in my possession and bar rotation for more than 5 years.

The FringeSport Wonder Bar V2 is honestly close to being a better value. It’s at a lower price point, has a great knurling, spins well, and comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s not made in the USA and has black zinc sleeves, but is a good bar nonetheless. If you want something of high-quality, but at a lower price, this is a great option.

The Synergee Games Bar is one we recently recommended and although it features many more expensive options like Cerakote and bearings in the sleeves, we didn’t love the knurling and don’t like Cerakote on the sleeves. This is a good option that’s available on Amazon, but not one we’d recommend over Rogue.

Rogue Ohio Power Bar

Best Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
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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. When ordering, you can select from three finish options: Black Zinc shaft with Bright Zinc sleeves Stainless Steel shaft with Chrome sleeves Bare Steel Rogue also manufactures a 20KG Ohio Power Bar, with friction-welded sleeves and 16.25" loadable sleeve space. The Ohio Power Bar’s 29MM diameter steel shaft boasts a tensile strength of 205,000 PSI (200,000 PSI for Stainless), delivering superior rigidity and virtually zero whip/flex. 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. Perfecting this knurl pattern is both a science and an art. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus on new Haas machines (built in the USA) and fine-tuned and personally tested by the Rogue team. Depending on the look and feel you prefer, there is a version of the Ohio Power Bar right in your wheelhouse. 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. This is a barbell equipped for high intensity, everyday use. 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.

Who’s it for: The obvious audience for the Ohio Power Bar, affectionately referred to as the OPB amongst those that “know” is powerlifters. The OPB excels in the squat, bench press, overhead press, deadlift, and similar ancillary lifts.

What’s the knurling like: This isn’t the sharpest knurling of any power bar on the market (that would go to the EliteFTS Power Bar which is way too sharp in our opinion,) but it is aggressive enough to not worry if it’s going to fall out of your hands when you’re trying to lift the weight of the world for a PR on a deadlift. What’s unique about it is they take multiple passes to create what’s been dubbed the ‘Volcano Knurl’ thanks to Chris Duffin of Kabuki Strength. This means there are more points and therefore more surface area of hand being attached to points on the bar. It’s honestly our favorite knurl on the market.

What options are available: As with all popular bars that Rogue Fitness sells, the Ohio Power Bar is starting to have more options for coatings. Here’s what is currently available:

  • Bare Steel Shaft/Bare Steel Sleeves
  • Black Zinc Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Black E-Coat Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft/Stainless Steel Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves
  • Cerakote in 4 different color options
  • 20KG Black Zinc Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • 20KG Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves

In addition to these there is a Zeus Rogue Ohio Power Bar and there used to be a Thor Ohio Power Bar that has since been discontinued.

Why it’s great: The Ohio Power Bar combines all of the features that a decade ago would have been found on a $1,000 bar, if found at all, on a bar that is under $300, and it’s made in the USA to boot. In my opinion, and the opinion of most others, this is the bar that everyone else is chasing. There’s a reason so many bars today have a similar gripping pattern and are pretty much all now 29MM and it’s thanks to the OPB.

If you compete in powerlifting, it’s likely that this is the bar you’ll be using as it’s IPF Approved and it also comes in a myriad of shaft options including Cerakote and my favorite stainless steel (it’s also available with stainless steel sleeves. If you’re on a budget, the bare steel option is great as well, just don’t expect it to remain silver.

Flaws, but not dealbreakers: The main flaw we see is that the knurling pattern may be too aggressive for some (we think it’s fine for most.) We think a bar designed for lifting maximal weights should have aggressive knurling and the way this one is cut makes it comfortable without being overly sharp.

What are the alternative options: There are many power bars that vie for the place of the Ohio Power Bar in racks.

The first and most obvious competitor is the Texas Power Bar from Buddy Capps. This bar is arguably the most legendary power bar ever made and despite being pretty much the same as it was two decades ago, it’s still a fantastic option. We prefer the Ohio Power Bar over the Texas Power Bar, you can read all about that here, but, you can’t go wrong with a TPB.

Another bar that we like and don’t think gets enough credit is the American Barbell Mammoth Bar. This is a fully stainless steel shaft bar that then has Cerakote sprayed over the top (I’d honestly prefer if Cerakote wasn’t even used, but I digress…) The knurling is much finer and more passive than the OPB, but it’s still excellent and worth looking at.

The Kabuki Strength New Gen Power Bar is one of my favorite power bars currently being made. It’s more expensive, uses extremely hard steel, and has long lead times, but there’s no doubt that it’s among the best power bars on the market. If you don’t mind spending more than double, you won’t be disappointed with the NGPB, but don’t expect as big of a difference between a cheap hex nut bar and the OPB and the OPB and the NGPB.

The REP Fitness Power Bar EX is one of the most pleasantly surprisingly good bars to come on the market within the past few years. It’s fully stainless, meaning the sleeves and shaft use stainless steel, has knurling eerily similar to the Kabuki NGPB, and comes in at a pretty good price point, all things considered. It is the only imported bar on this list, but it’s good enough to be compared.

You can find our full, in-depth review of the Rogue Ohio Power Bar here.

Rogue Pyrros Bar

Rogue's Best Oly Bar
Rogue Pyrros Bar - 28MM
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While developing a design for a new Olympic bearing bar, Rogue had the privilege of working with the most decorated weightlifter of all time, three-time Olympic gold medalist Pyrros Dimas. The Greek legend laid out everything he would look for in an ideal barbell—including (a) a slightly more aggressive knurl and (b) a more controlled spin that lets him feel connected to the weight throughout the lift. We provided him with bars made from different types of steel, multiple different knurl textures, and different sleeve lubricants. After lifting on all of them, he gave his feedback on each of the parameters, including which steel had the best whip. At the end of the day, we made a bar that combined all of his top picks. When we showed him what we’d come up with, his response was better than we could have imagined. “It's Perfect,” he said. “You should call it the Pyrros Bar.” And so we did. The Pyrros Bar combines a stainless steel, 200,000 PSI tensile strength shaft with chrome plated sleeves and 10 quality needle bearings. The new knurl texture was chosen unanimously by two members of the USA Weightlifting World Championship team, along with Pyrros himself, from a pool of six options. For the bearings, we’ve selected a more viscous lubricant to create the controlled spin that Pyrros prefers, and we added an original end-cap design that pays homage to Pyrros’s Greek heritage and Olympic triumphs. Achieving the right knurl texture and a controlled spin were essential to creating a Pyrros-approved barbell. For the knurling, we experimented with several patterns before choosing a new, more aggressive style unanimously selected by Pyrros and two members of the U.S.A. Weightlifting team (a center knurl was also included by request). Creating the perfect knurl is as much art as it is science, so after gauging, each shaft is manually tested to ensure that the "feel" meets Rogue's standards. Similar attention is paid to the bar's precision needle bearings, five sets of which are included in each chrome sleeve. While the bearings produce a smooth and reliable spin, the use of a more viscous lubricant produced the spin that Pyrros was looking for, ensuring better stability of the weight during heavier lifts and more control for the athlete. The Pyrros Oly Bar is made from a high-strength, stainless steel alloy, producing a shaft with a minimum tensile strength of 200,000 PSI. Personally selected by Pyrros and two members of the U.S.A. Weightlifting Team for its optimal "whip" and "flex," this stainless steel is the same type we originally developed for our world-record breaking Elephant Bar. With no plating, the knurl is left exactly how we machined it, providing a natural feel that is less reliant on chalk, with better corrosion resistance than bare steel. Please Note: Rogue recommends using a synthetic bristle brush, NOT a steel brush, to clean a stainless steel shaft. Steel on steel can cause rusting over time. Every Pyrros Bar is machined in Columbus, Ohio (on American-made Haas machines) and guaranteed to meet International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) specifications. The shaft is ground and polished prior to machining and individually tested and straightened to within 0.015” (0.38MM). Using a technique from automotive and aviation manufacturing, the sleeves are friction welded for a bond as strong as a single piece of steel, and then machined to our exacting standards. After machining, all parts are gauged to ensure optimum performance. In our barbell assembly department, the shaft is again tested and straightened and the components of each bar are weighed together. Once the weight standard of +20 grams/-10 grams is met, the bar is assembled by hand followed by an individual test for straightness and reliable spin. 
 A national hero in Greece, Pyrros Dimas owns three World Weightlifting Championships along with three gold medals from the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games. He has few equals in the sport, so designing a barbell up to his standards was both a privilege and a great challenge. We’re proud to say we’ve produced a bar that Pyrros Dimas has personally called “perfect.” Specifications:Made in the USA20KG Olympic Bearing Bar (International Weightlifting Federation standards)Co-Developed with 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Pyrros DimasStainless Steel Shaft, Chrome SleevesDiameter: 28MM5 Needle Bearings per sleeveOlympic Knurl Marks with Center Knurl in aggressive but non-abrasive patternLoadable Sleeve Length: 16.30"Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSIExclusive Pyrros Dimas Endcap Design

Who’s it for: This bar is specially designed for those that train for Olympic Weightlifting. I would not suggest using this bar for anything but the snatch and clean and jerk. If you want to use it for back squats, you can, but I’d suggest using something else to prevent wear on the knurling.

What’s the knurling like: The Rogue Pyrros Bar has a specific knurling pattern that was most liked by those on the USA Olympic Weightlifting Team as well as Pyrros Dimas. It’s more aggressive than Rogue’s other Oly Bars (which I actually think are a bit too passive) and grips the skin of your hands well. It’s a stainless steel shaft, so the knurling is as the designer intended without any coatings or platings between the hand and steel.

There is a center knurl on the bar that is more passive, which is as it should be in my opinion. American Barbell does something similar and it makes holding the bar in the front rack much more comfortable on your neck.

How’s the spin: Due to a less viscous lube that’s used on the bearings, it’s a much more controlled spin. Here’s what one of our Home Gym Community Members had to say, “I have it and love it. I also have the Rogue Oly bar and prefer the Pyrros. The spin isn’t fast like the Oly bar it’s more controlled which I like much more.”

Why it’s great: This bar has a pretty cool story. While Pyrros Dimas, an Olympic Gold Medalist from Greece was at Rogue Fitness with the USA Olympic Weightlifting Team (he’s a coach of some sort for the team now.) While there, Rogue was testing some new bars to figure out which should become a new bar. Pyrros checked them out, gave his opinion on the knurling, spin, and other specs. Rogue then put what he requested into a bar, and when asked what he thought, Pyrros replied, “It’s perfect. You should call it the Pyrros Bar.”

The difference between this bar and other Oly bars that Rogue sells is that it uses a stainless steel shaft (many of their higher-end bars are using a clear Cerakote now,) has a more aggressive knurl (something I, and most people prefer in an Oly bar,) as well as a more viscous lubricant to slow down the spin and make it more controlled. Honestly, other Rogue bearing bars spin faster than I prefer, so this is a great way to make it smoother.

This is by far Rogue’s best, and most expensive bar. It uses great components, has a tremendous knurl, is made in the USA, and has a lifetime warranty. Despite all of this, it’s about half the price of a comparable Eleiko bar, yet is still IWF approved and uses a Cerakote paint instead of a sticker to show that off (which is vastly superior in our opinion. I hate stickers.)

Flaws, but not dealbreakers: The only flaw that we see is the F-Rating of the bar. The F-Rating is a method Rogue developed for telling how long a bar will last before it becomes deformed permanently. This bar is not work-hardened like many of the other Rogue bars, probably to increase the whip, so, therefore, has an F2 Rating. We don’t think this will really matter as this bar will likely be treated better than a bar at a CrossFit gym (those poor, poor barbells,) but it’s still worth mentioning.

What are the alternative options: There are many Olympic Weightlifting Bars at this level and lower worth considering.

The gold-standard for Olympic Weightlifting Barbells is the Eleiko WL Training or Competition Bar. I have one of the training bars in my garage and have used it extensively. For a period of about three years, I trained pretty much exclusively for Olympic Weightlifting and this was my main bar. It still performs like it did on day one with an amazing spin, beautiful knurl, and the legendary feeling that Eleiko is known for. Although I like the Pyrros Bar, there’s just something about an Eleiko that is hard to compare.

If you want something unique, Uesaka is where I would look. Uesaka barbells use a unique way of applying the knurl that is pressed in, instead of cut out.

For something at a similar price point, the American Barbell Stainless Steel Bearing Bar has a more passive knurl, but it is an excellent bar. We did a full, in-depth review on the AB Stainless Steel Bearing Bar that you can find here.

Rogue Ohio Bar

Rogue's Flagship Bar
Rogue Ohio Bar
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Each Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a lifetime guarantee against bending. The bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen-- from basic high school or collegiate strength training programs to intense Crossfit workouts. This steel is manufactured in the US and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell. Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining which allows the bar to have a very smooth finish post any black oxide, zinc or chrome finish. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar. To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar. The Ohio Bar is available with 4 different finishes. Each finish offers a different level of oxidization protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl. Black Oxide is a mild oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a naked bar. Zinc is a medium oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment requires minimal maintenance and is used on The Rogue and Bella Bars. The Ohio Bar is also available in Stainless Steel & an advanced ceramic-based coating called Cerakote. The Ohio Bar is assembled with bronze bushings which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell. Each bar will come with an Ohio Bar card that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built the bar. This bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters.

Who’s it for: The person who wants a barbell that can do it all. This is their premier bar that comes in a variety of colors, coatings, and features including a Zeus Custom build option.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar is medium depth. Compared to a power bar or dedicated Oly bar, it’s quite passive, but if your main use for the bar is to use it for CrossFit or just general training, then you’ll find the knurling to be enough. It does have dual knurl marks at both IPF and IWF standard lengths, but no center knurl. This makes it perfectly suited for high rep Olympic lifts like what are often seen in CrossFit.

What options are available: This by far has the most options available of any Rogue bar. Although they sometimes use different names, they’re typically just a Rogue Ohio Bar with a different spin.

Here are the options currently available for the Rogue Ohio Bar:

  • Cerakote in 16 different color options.
  • Black Oxide Shaft/Black Oxide Sleeves
  • Black Zinc Shaft/Black Zinc Sleeves
  • Black E-Coat Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves

In addition to these labeled as the Ohio Bar, there are a few other bars that have the exact same specs as the Ohio Bar with a unique spin on them. These are:

  • Rogue Zeus Ohio Bar (custom option)
  • Rogue Freedom Bar (American Flag Cerakote Shaft)
  • Rogue Athlete Cerakote Ohio Bar - Fraser (the Froning Edition has been discontinued)
  • Rogue The Castro Bar (Bare Steel Shaft/Bare Steel Shaft that is the same as every other Ohio Bar in every other way)
  • Rogue Operator Bar 3.0 (uses composite bushings and Cerakote in military-inspired colors and camos on shaft with a black Cerakote finish on the sleeves.)

What we like: The Ohio Bar is one of the best multi-purpose training bars in the world. Every part of it has had a lot of attention to detail paid to it, and it’s the reason it bears the “Ohio” nomenclature. You can’t go wrong with the Ohio Bar

What we don’t like: I don’t like that it’s pretty much the same as the Rogue Bar 2.0 for quite a bit more money, which is why we suggest the Rogue Bar 2.0 over the Ohio Bar. If you want a bar with a special option like stainless steel or Cerakote, go with the Ohio Bar, but if you just want the basic model with a black zinc shaft and bright zinc sleeves, just go with the Rogue Bar 2.0, it’s the same.

You can find our full, in-depth review of the Rogue Ohio Bar here.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0

The Starting Strength Barbell
Rogue B&R Bar 2.0
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Version 2.0 of the B&R Bar is built to the specifications of the bar’s original designers—strength training coaches Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe—with some enhancements from Rogue’s in-house manufacturing team. Along with custom-tailored dual knurl marks for Olympic lifting and powerlifting (including a passive center knurl), the bar now features a stronger 205,000 PSI shaft and an updated snap ring design. Quality bronze bushings produce a smooth, reliable spin, and the natural steel creates a great, old-school look and feel that few chrome/plated finishes can compete with. The B&R 2.0 is a 20KG barbell with 16.25" of loadable sleeve length. Because of its versatility, it’s a great addition to a garage gym or a larger training facility or CrossFit box. Specifications:Made in the USADiameter: 29MMBare SteelDual Knurl Marks w/ Center KnurlUpdated 205,000 PSI tensile strength shaftUpdated Snap Ring designBronze BushingsLoadable Sleeve Length: 16.25" (41.3CM)

Who’s it for: This bar was originally designed as a collaboration between Mike Burgener of CrossFit Weightlifting fame and Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength as a bar that was great for powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting...aka a bar for CrossFit. It’s since had an increase in the shaft diameter from 28.5MM to 29MM and is now made by Rogue instead of York. In reality, this is basically a Rogue Ohio Power Bar with a passive center knurl.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling on the B&R Bar 2.0 is more in between the Ohio Bar and the Ohio Power Bar. Meaning does have some aggressiveness to it, but not at the level of the OPB. The unique feature is that it has a more passive center knurl. It’s also bare steel so there’s no coating to dull the knurl, which is great for grip, bad for fighting off rust.

What we like: I’m a big fan of the Rogue B&R Bar 2.0. It’s no longer endorsed by Rippetoe (he now sells a Starting Strength Bar made by Buddy Capps at Texas Power Bars,) but it’s an excellent bar for the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press. If you don’t mind the bar developing a patina and don’t want as aggressive of a knurl as what is featured on the OPB, then this is an excellent choice. I also really like the passive center knurl; I wish it was an option on the OPB.

What we don’t like: This is honestly a very popular bar which makes it unfortunate that they don’t offer it in other options like stainless steel. The original reason they didn’t offer a coating is that Rippetoe didn’t like coatings, but now that SS is so prevalent, that’s no longer an issue and I think it should be offered.

You can find our full, in-depth review of the Rogue B&R Bar 2.0 here.

Rogue Chan Bar

Rogue's Most Unique Barbell
Rogue Chan Bar
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An American-made barbell
 custom designed by Rogue Athlete Matt Chan. As a former
 firefighter and four-time Top 10 finisher at the CrossFit Games, Matt is a man whose opinions tend to carry weight around here.
 That’s why we invited him to come to Columbus and help us
 create a custom barbell that would combine the qualities of a powerlifting bar, and Olympic weightlifting bar. The Matt Chan Bar is manufactured from the same quality U.S.
 steel as our Ohio Bar, with both powerlifting and Olympic 
lifting knurl marks. Matt added a passive center knurl to the bar. This knurling assists
 athletes who prefer a little extra “stick” when in 
the front rack position or back squatting, but it won’t 
shred the skin like more aggressive center knurls
 might. Matt has also increased the distance between the outer
 knurling which allows for a wider
 stance on cleans and deadlifts without the knurling scraping the 
shins. Specifications:Machined and Assembled in Columbus, OH, USALifetime Guarantee Against Bending*Diameter: 28.5MMDual Knurl Marks for O-Lifts and Power Lifts“Passive” Center KnurlOuter Knurling slightly more aggressive for easier hold during high rep barbell workAvailable in Murdered Out (Black Zinc with Black Zinc Sleeves)

Who’s it for: Although designed by a former CrossFit Games Athlete, the Rogue Chan Bar, named after Matt Chan, is great for CrossFit as well as any other style of training. This is honestly the most versatile barbell in Rogue’s lineup.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling on the Chan Bar is similar to the Rogue B&R Bar 2.0, albeit a little bit more passive. The center knurl is extremely light providing just enough texture to know it’s there, but not enough to scrape your chest when in the front rack. This is honestly one of my favorite knurl combinations.

What we like: I love the Chan Bar. It not only looks extremely cool, but it’s features are very unique. Featuring a stainless steel shaft with a Cerakote coating over top, this bar looks tough and is the most corrosion-resistant bar in the world...probably. The knurling is spaced out 21” from each starting point versus 17.38” on the Ohio Bar. This makes it less likely to scrape your shins on deadlifts and cleans.The logos, although they may be gaudy to some, really stand out and look great to me. They offer the bar with either Cerakote or Chrome sleeves (we would suggest going with the Chome sleeves.)

What we don’t like: I love the look of the black Cerakote, but I would prefer an option for the knurling to not be coated and left as raw stainless steel. It would look cool and have the benefit of a knurling without any coating.

Rogue Echo Bar 2.0

Rogue's Cheapest Bar
Rogue Echo Bar 2.0
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Machined and assembled at our Columbus manufacturing facility, the newly redesigned Rogue Echo Bar 2.0 is an economically priced 28.5MM bushing bar equipped with many of the same features as our flagship Rogue Ohio Bar. Starting with a 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel shaft and bright zinc finish, the Echo Bar also now includes an upgraded snap ring sleeve construction and exclusive Echo branded endcaps. There are single IWF standard Olympic knurl marks (no center knurl or powerlifting marks) and 16.40" of loadable sleeve length. All orders of the Echo Bar also come with a 1-year warranty.* The Echo Bar—just like our flagship 28.5MM Ohio Bar—is constructed from 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel, with quality bronze bushings that act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and shaft. A bright zinc finish across the entirety of the bar finishes the look. Brand new for Version 2.0 of the Echo Bar is a fully upgraded snap-ring construction, battle-tested to maintain optimal stability throughout any type of high-intensity Olympic movement. This, again, is the exact same construction used in the Rogue Ohio Bar. We have also included new Echo exclusive endcaps for this re-design, a feature not found with the original model. The Echo Bar includes single, IWF standard Olympic knurl marks (there are no powerlifting marks and no center knurl) in an consistent, non-abrasive pattern. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio, and treated with artistic precision. Despite its friendly price tag, the Echo Bar is up to the demands of high-performance, competitive Oly lifting. The 20KG bar will produce a consistent spin and “whip” during any traditional Olympic movement, and the durability of its construction is backed by a one-year warranty.*

Who’s it for: Trainees on a budget that still want a Rogue-level barbell and don’t care much about features or a warranty.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling is the same as what is used on the Rogue Bar 2.0 and the Rogue Ohio Bar except it has one knurl ring mark instead of two that’s set at the IWF standard, not IPF. It also has no center knurling. This makes it a medium/passive knurl great for most types of training.

What we like: The Rogue Echo Bar 2.0 is the cheapest barbell that Rogue sells, making it great for those on a budget. Despite the price though, it has the functionally high-end features Rogue is known for including a great knurl, 190K Tensile Strength Steel which is the exact same as the Ohio Bar, and a bright zinc shaft and sleeve which I actually prefer over black zinc. Black zinc turns green and wears away over time whereas bright zinc can look great for decades.

In addition to this, the Rogue Echo Bar uses work-hardened steel and has an F8-R rating which makes it one of the most durable bars on the market.

What we don’t like: The only reason I tell people to stay away from the Echo Bar is that it has a 1-year warranty instead of a lifetime warranty. For $60 more, you could get a Rogue Bar 2.0 with a lifetime warranty that is one of the best in the industry. For most people, I think the piece of mind that accompanies the warranty is worth it.

Rogue Bella Bar 2.0

Most Popular Women's Bar Worldwide
Rogue Bella Bar 2.0
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The Bella Bar is Rogue’s go-to multipurpose 15KG barbell for female athletes. Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, this versatile ladies bar is uniquely optitmized for Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and/or a CrossFit WOD. A staple of women’s CrossFit competitions-- including events at the CrossFit Games-- the 25MM Bella Bar has no center knurl and features the same Rogue signature Dual Knurl Marks and 190 PSI tensile strength as our flagship 20KG Ohio Bar. The hybrid knurling pattern itself offers a firm but comfortable grip on both Powerlifts and Oly lifts, while quality U.S. steel and snap-ring bronze bushings produce the perfect balance of rigidity and natural whip. Built with as much attention to detail as any bar in the Rogue family, the Bella Bar is a women’s weightlifting bar forged on equal ground. Specifications:Made in Columbus, OH, USAWeight: 15KG (33LB)Diameter: 25MM (0.98 inches)Bar Length: 79.13", Loadable Sleeve Length: 13.00"Tensile Strength: 190,000 PSIBlack Zinc Coated ShaftBright Zinc Coated SleevesDual Knurl Marks: Both Powerlift and Olympic KnurlingNo Center Knurl

Who’s it for: Women or those with small hands that want a high-quality, do it all 25MM, 15KG/35LB Olympic Barbell.

What’s the knurling like: The Rogue Bella Bar 2.0 uses the same knurling as the Rogue Ohio Bar, but on a thinner shaft.

What options are available: Despite being a bar made for women, which is generally a much smaller amount of barbell users than men, it still has quite a few options.

Here are the options currently available for the Rogue Bella Bar 2.0:

  • Black Zinc Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Black E-Coat Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves
  • Cerakote in 11 Different Color options

In addition to these labeled as the Ohio Bar, there are a few other bars that have the exact same specs as the Bella Bar 2.0 with a unique spin on them. These are:

  • Zeus Bella Bar 2.0 Custom
  • Rogue 25MM Freedom Bar
  • Rogue Athlete Cerakote Bella Bar - Davidsdottir and Toomey Editions
  • Rogue 25MM Womens Operator Bar

What we like: This is the most popular women’s barbell in the entire world. If you go to a CrossFit gym and they have women’s bars, it’s likely that this is the one they’re using. It’s made to the same standards as other Rogue bars with a 190K PSI tensile strength steel shaft sourced in the USA, dual knurl marks, bronze bushings, and a good knurl. The difference is it’s thinner and lighter than a men’s bar.

If you’re a woman and want a good, multi-purpose bar, for your garage gym or elsewhere, this is the one we suggest.

What we don’t like: There’s little to like about this bar. It’s priced less than the equivalent men’s bar which could have been easy for Rogue to do, it’s proven by the fittest women in the world in the CrossFit Games to last and it just works.

Rogue Westside Power Bar 2.0

Louie Simmons Approved
Rogue Westside Power Bar 2.0
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Co-developed with powerlifting legend and strength coach Louie Simmons, Rogue’s redesigned Westside Power Bar is now fully machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio—just down the road from Simmons’ renowned Westside Barbell training facility.The Westside Power Bar 2.0 features a 29MM diameter, 205K PSI tensile strength shaft with single powerlifting knurl marks and a center knurl. The updated knurl pattern was chosen specifically to Louie’s standards, and is deep and coarse without being sharp or abrasive. The bar also features a durable snap-ring design, bronze bushings, and a black zinc coating on both the shaft and sleeves. We worked directly with legendary powerlifter, strength coach, and Westside Barbell founder Louie Simmons to fine-tune this bar into one worthy of both the Rogue and Westside names. Every element of Version 2.0, from the knurling to the finish to the endcaps, was held to a champion’s standard. We believe this bar ranks with some of the best power bars ever made, but the words “Louie Simmons Approved” say more than we ever could. The Westside Power Bar’s 29MM diameter steel shaft now has a tensile strength of 205,000 PSI, delivering superior rigidity and virtually zero whip/flex. Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the bar also features a snap-ring design and quality bronze bushings for a smooth, consistent feel. Includes a lifetime warranty against bending.* We updated the knurl pattern for Version 2.0 of the Westside Power Bar, turning again to Louie Simmons to test and refine an aggressive, precision powerlifting knurl—deep and coarse without being uncomfortably sharp or abrasive. A center knurl is also included for added “stick” to the back during squats. The Westside Power Bar has a distinct look, featuring a Black Zinc coating on the shaft and sleeves, plus new green endcaps with the Rogue and Westside logos. Black Zinc has one of the lowest oxidation rates of any barbell finish, meaning it requires less upkeep and will look like new over the long haul, now matter how much abuse you put it through. Specifications:Made in Columbus, OH, USACo-developed with Westside Barbell's Louie SimmonsExclusive, aggressive knurl pattern + center knurl205,000 PSI tensile strength shaft for reduced whipBronze bushings + snap ring design for smooth spinGreen Endcap with Westside & Rogue logosUnloaded Weight: 45LBFinish: Black Zinc on shaft and sleevesLifetime Warranty against bending*

Who’s it for: This bar is made for powerlifters that want a stiff bar with similar specs to the OPB except for black zinc sleeves, and a slightly more aggressive knurl.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling on the Westside Power Bar 2.0 is very similar to the Ohio Power Bar, but slightly more aggressive. If you want a sharper knurl than the OPB (not sure why you would, to be honest) then this is a great option. It also includes a center knurl for back squats.

What we like: I like the fact that it’s basically a OPB with a Westside Barbell logo on the end cap. It used to be unique in that it had green composite bushings, but they’ve since replaced those with bronze bushings.

What we don’t like: I don’t like the fact that you’re paying a premium for a bar with a black zinc coating that will look worse than bright zinc after one workout and that they removed the green composite bushings. I would only recommend this bar to die-hard Louie Simmons fans or who just want something a bit unique. Everyone else should just go with the OPB.

Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar

Basic Oly Barbell
Rogue Olympic WL Bar
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Combining a new 215K PSI steel shaft with quality needle bearings and friction-welded sleeves, this latest version of the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar ranks among the best in the industry for feel, durability, and performance. Each 20KG bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, and includes an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that's precision-cut for a firm grip without the sharpness or abrasiveness of many import bars. Our Men’s Oly Bar is made exclusively from high-grade steel, producing a shaft with a minimum tensile strength of 215,000 PSI. Each shaft is ground and polished prior to machining (to ensure a smooth finish), and individually tested and straightened to within 0.015” (0.38mm). The goal is to create just the right amount of “whip” or “flex” needed for competitive Olympic lifting. Using a process from the worlds of aviation and automotive manufacturing, the sleeves on the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar are friction welded—creating a superior, forged-quality bond. This method is more precise than most joining techniques and helps prevent any changes in the integrity of the sleeve. Combined with 10 sets of top-quality needle bearings, the result is a barbell with a smooth, consistent, quieter spin. Every Oly Bar is machined in Columbus, Ohio, on new Haas machines that are built in the USA. For the Olympic knurl marks, we experimented with several knurling patterns before choosing the full but minimally aggressive texture that top weightlifters responded to best. Rather than relying on visibility alone, each bar is then manually tested to ensure the actual “feel” is up to Rogue standards. The Oly WL Bar is currently available in a Bright Zinc finish. This bar is fitted with a machined stainless steel Rogue end cap, built with precision to finish the bar. Specifications:Made in the USA28MM Men’s Olympic Bearing Bar (International Weightlifting Federation standards)215K PSI tensile strength steel shaftFriction Welded Sleeves, 16.25” loadable sleeve length5 Needle Bearings per sleeveOlympic Knurl Marks (no center knurl) in non-aggressive patternStainless Steel Blue Endcaps with Rogue branding

Who’s it for: This bar when released was the best Olympic Weightlifting Bar ever made in the USA. Rogue now makes superior bars, but this one is still great. This, along with a couple of other top Rogue Weightlifting Bars are now IWF Approved, making them ready for the Olympic stage.

What’s the knurling like: This is not an ultra-aggressive knurling pattern like a competition Eleiko, but you know it’s there. If you want something more aggressive from Rogue, go with the Pyrros Bar.

What options are available: The Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar is one of Rogue’s most popular barbells and comes in a variety of options. These options include:

  • Bright Zinc Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves
  • Stainless Steel Shaft w/ Black Cerakote Center/ Chrome Sleeves
  • Black Cerakote Shaft/Chrome Sleeves

In addition to these options, the bar comes in a variant that uses steel for the shaft sourced from Europe instead of the US called the Rogue Euro Olympic Weightlifting Bar. The goal with this bar was quite obvious when released—make a bar that uses the same, or at least as close to the same steel as what is used in Eleiko’s top weightlifting bars. This bar or the Pyrros Bar are my favorite from Rogue for weightlifting. This one does have a clear Cerakote finish, which I prefer stainless steel, and I do think it spins a bit faster than needed.

What we like: This is quite possibly the best weightlifting bar for the money. The knurling is great, although a bit passive for my liking. It spins like a demon out of hell, which is honestly a bit faster than I prefer. It’s available in various finishes, is IWF-approved, and has a lifetime warranty all for right around $500. That’s obviously still a lot of money for a barbell, but not when you compare it to the competition who’s bars are on a similar level.

This bar is also available in 25MM with various options for women, and it’s just as good.

What we don’t like: This bar honestly spins a bit too fast. It sounds kind of silly, but it’s the fastest spinning sleeve I’ve ever used and fast isn't always what you want. More so, what you want is consistent, which is why they have started to use more viscous lube in the Pyrros Bar.

Rogue 28MM/25MM Training Bar

Rogue's Budget Friendly Oly Bar
Rogue 28MM Training Bar
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The Rogue 28MM Training Bar is manufactured in the USA using the same steel shaft and uniform knurl pattern as our Olympic WL Bar. In place of the Oly Bar’s bearing sleeves, however, the Training Bar is assembled with bronze bushings in the style of the Rogue Ohio Bar. The result is a more cost-efficient, intermediate bar for athletes who still want the look and feel of a competition-ready Olympic barbell. The quality U.S. steel used in the 28MM Training Bar meets a minimum tensile strength of 190 KSI, and each shaft is individually tested for straightness to within 0.015” (0.38mm). The bar is finished with Black Zinc shaft with Bright Zinc Sleeves.

Who’s it for: If you’re on a budget, but still want a dedicated Oly bar, the Rogue Training Bar is the best option they offer.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling is the same as the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar, albeit with a black zinc or Cerakote coating over the top.

What we like: The price on this bar is great. This is essentially the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar, but with bronze bushings. Seriously, pretty much everything else is the same, making this an excellent bar for the price if you don’t mind the slower spinning bushing as opposed to needle bearings. For most people, we suggest spending a bit more and get a true Oly bar that includes bearings.

What we don’t like: I don’t love bushings on an Oly Bar. If you’re trying to fill a facility with bars, these are a great option due to their price, but the black zinc will wear and look unsightly.

Rogue 28MM/25MM Russian Bar

The Russian-Inspired Barbell
Rogue 28MM Russian Bar
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While it’s inspired by a unique Olympic barbell design originally developed by the Soviets, our Men’s 28MM Russian Bar is proudly designed, machined, and assembled at the Rogue Factory in Columbus, Ohio U.S.A. The Russian Bar is distinct for its grooved sleeves and custom locking collars, making it ideally suited for multiple reps, with no need to tighten in between lifts. Starting in the 1960s, this streamlined design became the holy grail for many Oly lifters around the world, as import costs made it a legendary but rare sight outside the USSR. Even in the heart of the Cold War, many American athletes sought out the bar to emulate the elite Russian champions of the day. Articles in Ironman magazine touted it as an “outstanding piece of equipment” that “lifters are drooling for.” Fortunately, we’re now able to build a Russian-style barbell right here in Ohio—at a higher quality than the originals, and at a far more reasonable price. Our Russian Bar is manufactured from a minimum 200,000 PSI tensile strength steel and includes 5 needle bearings per sleeve. A set of specialized locking collars (not compatible with other bars) is included standard. Specifications: Barbell made in the USA with German Bearings Men’s Olympic Bearing Bar Based on Russian design popularized in ‘60s and used at 1980 Olympics Bar Weight: 20KG Diameter: 28MM Olympic Knurl Marks + Passive Center Knurl Grooved Sleeve Design, Friction-Welded Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.25" Finish: Stainless Steel Shaft and Chrome Sleeves Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSI Custom 2.5KG Collars Included (imported)

Who’s it for: People that like gimmicks/cool barbell historical items or want a collar that locks tighter than any else out there.

What’s the knurling like: The Rogue Russian Bar has the same as the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar.

What we like: It’s a cool piece of history relived and can secure a plate very well.

What we don’t like: Honestly, for the price there are many other bars we’d recommend. It’s cool, but not very practical for most people in my opinion.

Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

Our Favorite Deadlift Bar
Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
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The Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is one of our finest, precision-engineered power bars to date, generating a higher amount of flex ideal for deadlifting. Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the ODB features a 190,000 PSI shaft with a comparatively thin diameter (27MM) and longer overall length (90.50" – just within most powerlifting federation standards). This combination creates a bar that’s both easier to grip and designed for increased whip/flex when pulling. For many power lifters, that greater flex means being able to pull from a higher point before the plates break off the floor, potentially increasing the amount of weight that can be lifted in the process. Like all Rogue bushing bars, the Ohio Deadlift Bar includes sleeves with a quality snap ring construction-- far superior to the cheaply produced bolt-and-pin style sleeves of some other brands. The powerlifting knurl marks on this bar are a bit deeper / more aggressive than our Ohio Power Bar, but machined in the same pattern. There is no center knurl. Customers can choose from three available finishes. On this page, you can choose from Black Zinc shaft with Bright Zinc sleeves or full Bare Steel across the bar.

Who’s it for: Powerlifters who want a slinky, 27MM, dedicated deadlift bar.

What’s the knurling like: The knurling on the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is quite sharp. It uses the same volcano-type knurling, but is a bit deeper cut. Combined with the thinness of the shaft, it’s as sharp as I can foresee anyone wanting (besides Dave Tate as evidenced by the EliteFTS Power Bar which is insanely sharp.)

What options are available: This deadlift bar has the most options available on the market by far. These include:

  • Bare Steel Shaft/Bare Steel Sleeves
  • Black Zinc Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Black E-Coat Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves
  • Cerakote Shaft in 3 different colors with Black Cerakote Sleeves

What we like: This is the best deadlift bar on the market, bar none. We’ve tested Crain’s Okie Deadlift Bar (see our review here) as well as the Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar amongst others. The knurling is very similar to the OPB, but is cut a bit deeper making it sharper. Combine this with the fact that it’s on a very thin 27MM shaft, I don’t think you’d want the knurling any sharper.

In addition to a thin shaft, the bar itself is 90.5” long which is just within pretty much every powerlifting federation standards. These features make for a whippy bar that allows the inner plates to break off the floor before those on the outside, thus allowing the lifter to be more vertical and extended during a deadlift. If you haven’t used a deadlift bar, you’ll find it to be an enjoyable experience when you do. However, I would be careful to use it if you plan to lift in a federation that doesn’t use a deadlift bar, like the IPF.

What we don’t like: Honestly, the only thing I’d like to see on the Ohio Deadlift Bar from Rogue is a stainless steel shaft option to go along with the 32MM Squat Bar and Ohio Power Bar.

You can find our full, in-depth review of the Rogue Deadlift Bar here.

Rogue 32MM Squat Bar

Crazy Stiff Squat Bar
Rogue 32MM Squat Bar
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The 32MM Squat Bar is another Rogue-exclusive, Ohio-built power bar, featuring a deep, coarse knurl pattern for optimal “stick” and an oversized stainless steel shaft for reduced whip/flex on heavy loads. We sent the prototype through the gauntlet of abuse (aka product testing) at Westside Barbell, and only after they gave it their approval did we move forward into mass production. At a length of 94.49”, the Squat Bar is considerably longer than a standard Oly bar (our Ohio Bar is 86.75”), with 56” between the sleeves and a loadable sleeve length of 16.795” (vs. 16.4” on the Ohio Bar). The 32mm diameter stainless steel shaft has a tensile strength of 200,000 PSI, and the knurling runs across its entire length, with clearcut powerlifting marks and a center mark included. The aggressive knurl pattern ensures a firm grip without being sharp or abrasive. A squat-optimized bushing bar needs stability, rigidity, and plenty of weight capacity. So we built the Rogue Squat Bar with a 32mm dia. stainless steel shaft, delivering a tensile strength of 200,000 PSI. This design limits the whip / flex on heavy loads. The 25KG Squat Bar also has a longer shaft and sleeves than standard multi-purpose Olympic bars, as the chrome sleeves are spaced 56” apart and offer 16.975” of loadable length. All Rogue Squat Bars are machined and assembled with pride in Columbus, OH, USA. Through years of experience working directly with top competitive powerlifters from around the world, Rogue has developed and refined a knurl pattern (machined on quality Haas machines) that is deep and coarse enough for a reliable grip or “stick” without being sharp or abrasive. This knurl pattern stretches along the full length of the Squat Bar’s shaft, and includes powerlifting marks and a center knurl mark.

Who’s it for: The Rogue 32MM Squat Bar is designed for one thing, and one thing only. Squatting massive amounts of weight. Honestly, if you’re not squatting above 600, you’re not really even going to notice much benefit from this bar other than the fact that the thickness and knurl feel good on the back.

What’s the knurling like: This bar uses the same volcano-type knurling that’s found on the Ohio Power Bar across the entire shaft. This is an aggressive knurl and will absolutely tear up your j-cups and your t-shirts, which is exactly what you want when squatting world record loads.

What we like: Thanks to the high tensile strength and 32MM diameter shaft, this bar is as stiff as it gets. We tested this bar with 700 LB squatters and it barely bowed. It’s that strong. In addition, the knurling marks along with a center knurl mark for centering the bar is a nice benefit.

Lastly, the shaft is made using stainless steel which will prevent rust from building up as quickly and also doesn’t require a coating which dulls the knurl.

What we don’t like: The only thing we don’t like about this bar, and don’t like about a lot of Rogue bars is that they use end caps with stickers that easily chip from the snap rings. This is incredibly minor, but I would like to see it fixed on their bars.

You can find our full, in-depth review of the Rogue 32MM Squat Bar here.

Rogue C-70 Bar

Rogue's Shorty Barbell
Rogue C-70 Bar
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The Rogue C-70 Bar is a shorty 35LB version of the Ohio Bar. Designed for competition use in the CrossFit Games, the barbell's shorter overall length (69") allows athletes to be spaced closer together. This can also benefit anyone training in tight quarters, be it a small garage gym, tight basement or busy training facility. This bar has knurl marks for both Olympic and Powerlifting grips and the distance between collars is 43" versus the standard 52". The C-70 Bar features the same 28.5MM diameter, American 190,000 PSI steel, bronze bushings, and dual knurl marks as the standard-length Ohio Bar, and is backed by a 3 Year Warranty Against Bending*. Put to the test in CrossFit Games competition, this was the short barbell that supported 400+ pound deadlifts during the Men's Finals.

Who’s it for: For those that are short on space, but still want a nice barbell, the C-70 is a great option. We see these used in apartment home gyms quite a bit. The only issue is you may have difficulty racking it on a standard power rack.

What’s the knurling like: The same as the Ohio Bar. Medium to passive.

What we like: The Rogue C-70 Bar is nice for those with small spaces; yet despite being short, it’s still a fully capable barbell. There aren’t many bars of this size on the market and of those that are, most do not have high-end specs like a strong tensile strength, great knurl, or sleeves that spin. The C-70 has all of these and more.

What we don’t like: Due to its size, it’s not rackable on most standard squat racks (we suggest independent squat stands for these.) This is kind of just the nature of having a short bar, but we think it’s important to be aware of.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best CrossFit Barbell for most people from Rogue?

The Rogue Bar 2.0

What’s the best Powerlifting Barbell for most people from Rogue?

Rogue Ohio Power Bar

Should I buy a Rogue Boneyard Bar?

If you don’t feel you’ll ever use the warranty. Personally, I like the peace of mind and the resale value of a new bar. If you don’t ever plan to sell it and don’t care about a lifetime warranty (I do) then a Boneyard Bar is a great option.

What Rogue Barbells are IPF Approved?

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar

What Rogue Barbells are IWF Certified?

The Rogue Olympic WL Bar, Rogue Pyrros Bar, and Rogue Euro Olympic Weightlifting Bar

What’s better for a garage gym–stainless steel or Cerakote?

I prefer stainless steel and although Cerakote does do well for corrosion resistance, in my experience, stainless steel is superior.

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