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Rogue has released a brand new line of Cerakote Ohio Bars and an Ohio Power Bar featuring some of the top strength athletes in the world signature logos or phrases. Each Rogue Fitness barbell is tailored to a different type of lifter and should give a unique flair to a great line of bars.
Part of our custom Athlete Series, this special edition of the Cerakote Ohio Bar features exclusive colorways and graphics inspired by CrossFit legend and longtime Rogue athlete Rich Froning. The 20KG, 190,000 PSI barbell is fully machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes black composite bushings with standard Ohio Bar endcaps. Unique to the Froning Edition: The bar's blackout design–featuring a black cerakote shaft and black cerakote sleeves–is a no-nonsense nod to the four-time "Fittest Man on Earth." A silver Froning "R*" logo is also centered on one side of the shaft with a silver Rogue logo on the other. Specifications:Manufactured in Columbus, OHDiameter: 28.5MMWeight: 20KGDual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power liftsNo Center Knurl190,000 PSI Tensile Strength SteelComposite BushingsCerakote finish in Exclusive Rich Froning Jr. colorway (black shaft and sleeves)Froning R logo and Rogue logo on center of shaftLifetime Warranty Against Bending*
Rogue Fitness has given us more options to their already outstanding Ohio Bar by adding world-class athletes signature touch to each barbell.
Without a doubt the Rogue Ohio Power bar and Ohio Bar have become some of the most sought after barbells in the powerlifting and CrossFit communities. These barbells are nothing new to the fitness community, but what is new is the different designs.
The standard Rogue Ohio Power Bar has been widely viewed as the most recommended “value” powerlifting bar. Of course you could spend three times as much money for a power bar, but then you have to throw comparison out of the window due to price difference. The difference between a Rogue OPB and a more expensive power bar will more than likely come down to the tensile strength and knurl. However, for 99.9% of people, the Rogue Ohio Power will be able to withstand almost everything you can throw at it.
The Rogue Ohio Bar was one of Rogue’s first release barbell to the public.Although the Rogue Cerakote Ohio Barbell is called the Ohio Bar, it’s really a mash-up of the Rogue 2.0 Bar (the one that received our marks as the best barbell for most people) and the Rogue Ohio Bar with a special coating on the shaft and sleeves. The steel Rogue uses is excellent for multi-modality training and has just the right amount of whip and stiffness for any type of training – from the Powerlifter to the Olympic Weightlifter.
Some advantages right from the start when investing into a Cerakote bar, like the Cerakote Rogue barbells, will be its corrosion resistance. 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.
Knurling on a barbell has always come down to personal preference. Some people will like a sharper feel like an OkieDeadlift Bar, and other people will like a more passive knurl.
What we love about this new line of athlete-specific Ohio Bars and Power Bars are the variations that come with each barbell. One of the most popular names in the Crossfit world is Rich Froning Jr. and his barbell is about as clean as it gets. Froning’s barbell is a 20kg, 190K PSI bushing bar that is completely blacked out.
The female version of the Rogue Ohio Bar is Rogue’s Bella Bar, to which Rogue has given us the Bella Bar Davidsdottir edition. Almost the exact same as the OhioBar, only with a thinner shaft at 25mm and weighing around 15kg. Different from Froning’s bar, Davidsdottir offers a white shaft with a black sleeve finish, all of which are Cerakote. It features the same tensile strength steel, dual knurl marks, and bushings for the rotation system.
Part of our custom Athlete Series, this special edition of the Cerakote Women's Bella Bar features exclusive colorways and graphics inspired by CrossFit Games champion and Rogue athlete Katrin Davidsdottir. The 15KG, 190,000 PSI barbell is fully machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes black composite bushings with standard Bella Bar endcaps. Unique to the Davidsdottir Edition: Iceland native and 2-time CrossFit Games champ Katrin Davidsdottir is represented here with a blue cerakote finish on the shaft, contrasted with black cerakote sleeves. The center of the shaft features Katrin's sled-dog logo (in white) on one side and a black Rogue logo on the other. Cerakote has been a game changer in the industry; a polymer-ceramic composite coating first popularized in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. Offering wear and corrosion resistance up to 100X that of black zinc, it's a finish worthy of the greatest athletes in the world. The versatility of this finish also enables us to create a wider array of customized Rogue Athlete designs, including the white-and-black color scheme and wolf logo of the Davidsdottir Edition. The steel in our Cerakote Bella Bars 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, further ensuring a smooth finish and optimal performance. Built to International Weightlifting Federation standards for women's competition barbells, the 15KG Bella Bar offers a slightly condensed size from standard men's bars without sacrificing any of the performance elements. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio, with carefully refined knurling for a firm but non-abrasive grip. The snap ring design and quality composite bushings in these Athlete Editions help produce an ideal combination of the consistent "whip" needed for Oly lifts and the ample rigidity required for heavy powerlifting. Specifications:Manufactured in Columbus, OHWeight: 15KGDiameter: 25MM (0.98")Bar Length: 79.13", Loadable Sleeve Length: 13.00"Tensile Strength: 190,000 PSIDual Knurl Marks: Both Powerlift and Olympic KnurlingNo Center KnurlBlack Composite BushingsCerakote Finish in Exclusive Katrin Davidsdottir design (White Shaft, Black Sleeves)Davidsdottir Wolf Logo and Rogue logo on center of shaft
Another athlete special barbell comes from someone not as familiar to the CrossFitGames, but without a doubhouseholdhold name in the Strongman community. StrongmanHafÃ¾Ã³r JÃºlÃus”Thor”BjÃ¶rnsson, or better known as “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, gives us two different barbell option for his athlete special Ohio Power Bar.
Overall there is not a whole lot of differences between Thor’s two power bars. The all-black matte finish weighs in at 45 pounds, with a little thicker diameter than the standard Ohio Bar at 29mm, which makes this an Ohio Power Bar. You will find that 29mm will more than likely feel better while you are doing any sort of press or squat, and unlike Froning’s and Davidsdottir, the Thor OPB offers a center knurl with only one powerlifting knurl mark.
Inspired by Rogue Athlete and world-class Strongman HafÃ¾Ã³r JÃºlÃus "Thor" BjÃ¶rnsson, the exclusive THOR EDITION Ohio Power Bar is available here in 20KG and 45LB versions, each featuring our new ultra-durable Cerakote finish. These 29MM bars are fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, and–like the standard Ohio Power Bar–they include a 205,000 PSI steel shaft, single powerlifting knurl marks, and center knurling. As a tribute to Hafthor Bjornsson's seven-year reign as Iceland's Strongest Man, the black cerakote shaft in this design also features the Icelandic flag to the right of the center knurl and the nickname THOR in white to the left. Cerakote is a unique polymer-ceramic composite coating–popularized in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. Offering wear and corrosion resistance up to 100X that of black zinc, it's a finish worthy of the greatest athletes in the world. Cerakote has been a game changer in the industry; a durable color finish–first popularized in the gun industry– that's uniquely resistant to wear and corrosion over time. The versatility of this polymer-ceramic composite coating has enabled new, custom athlete designs like the THOR EDITION Ohio Power Bar, which includes mountainous strongman Hafthor Bjornsson's nickname and the blue, red & white of his native Icelandic flag on the cerakote shaft. The Ohio Power Bar's 29MM diameter steel shaft boasts 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. 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.
Another difference between Thor’s two barbells is the weight (one at 45 pound, the other 20kg) and the 20kg Thor Ohio Barbell has a chrome sleeve finish along with Cerakote coating. What we have found with black finish across the sleeves, is that it results in seeing the scratches from loading plates on to the bar and ends up being not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye long term. The 20kg Rogue Ohio Power Bar with Chrome sleeves is the one we would most recommend.
Both the 45 pound barbell and the 20 kg barbell come in at a 205k PSI, which is one factor that increases the stiffness of the bar over the standard Ohio Bar.
Our next Cerakote Ohio Bar comes from arguably the fittest man on earth…two years in a row. Mat Fraser has taken the 2017 Crossfit Games approved barbell, red Cerakote shaft with black matte sleeves, and added his personal touch to it. His signature phrase has been, “Hard Work Pays Off” and that is exactly what a person would see when training with this bar…a good reminder, no doubt.
Like Froning’s, this barbell is your basic Ohio Bar specs with a 28.5mm diameter shaft, 20kg weight, dual knurl marks, bushing rotation system, and 190k PSI tensile strength steel. The only difference between Fraser’s barbell and Froning’s is their signature touch with their logos and Fraser’s red shaft finish rather than Froning’s all black matte barbell with white logo.
Our final athlete special barbell comes from the latest winner of the 2017 Crossfit Games, Tia-Clara Toomey. Toomey has taken Rogue’s Bella Bar 2.0 and put her own spin on it. This barbell is lighter than the Davidsdottir edition weighing in at 15kg and with a diameter size of 25mm. This is a bushing barbell with 190k PSI. The shaft does not feature a center knurl, but is finished with a blue Cerakote and Toomey’s signature arrow logo in white with Cerakote black sleeves.
Rogue did not completely re-design any of their already produced barbells, but simply added a special athlete touch to their barbells.
If you want a unique barbell inspired by a favorite athlete, then these are great options.
Part of our custom Athlete Series, this special edition of the Cerakote Ohio Bar features exclusive colorways and graphics inspired by Rogue athlete and back-to-back CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser. The 20KG, 190,000 PSI barbell is fully machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes black composite bushings with standard Ohio Bar endcaps. Unique to the Fraser Edition: The 2016 and 2017 "Fittest Man on Earth" is represented here with his own distinct colorway: combining a red cerakote finish on the shaft with black cerakote sleeves. The center of the shaft features Fraser's "Hard Work Pays Off" slogan in black. Opposite of the slogan is the Rogue logo in black. Cerakote has been a game changer in the industry; a polymer-ceramic composite coating first popularized in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. Offering wear and corrosion resistance up to 100X that of black zinc, it's a finish worthy of the greatest athletes in the world. The versatility of this finish also enables us to create a wider array of customized Rogue Athlete designs for our flagship Ohio Bar, including the red-and-black finish and slogan graphics of the Fraser Edition. The steel in our Cerakote Ohio Bars 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, further ensuring a smooth finish and optimal performance. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio, with painstaking attention to detail. The Ohio knurling has been carefully refined over the years, as well, for a firm but non-abrasive grip (there is no center knurl). We assemble the Ohio Bar with a snap ring design and quality composite bushings, which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft, producing normal "whip" during Oly weightlifting but enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting.
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