Model: Rogue Fitness Stainless Steel Ohio Bar
Tensile Strength: 195k
Spin: Composite Bushings
Materials: Stainless Steel Shaft/Chrome Sleeves
Retail Price: $350
If you're anything like me, you look forward to any new releases by Rogue Fitness.
Whenever Rogue introduces something new, there's this anticipation that whatever the piece of gear is, that it will revolutionize the industry.
Typically, what will happen is Rogue will release something and every other company scrambles to keep up. Like the head of a ship, wherever it goes, everyone follows.
Is the new Stainless Steel Ohio Bar unlike anything else available today? Not necessarily. American Barbell once had a stainless steel bar that was created on accident that absolutely sold like hotcakes.
But, what Rogue does that other companies struggle in competing with is the fact that when they come to market with a new item, it's almost always the best it can be. Everything about their products are overly built and expertly engineered because they want to continue being looked on as the industry innovator. Also, they have a lifetime warranty on many of their items that other companies simply can't afford to give.
The question that will inevitably rise is around whether a stainless steel barbell is necessary.
Well, is having a decked out workout facility in your garage that many businesses would be jealous of necessary? No. But there are certainly benefits as indicated in The Ultimate Home Gym Guide.
And as there are benefits to having a home gym, stainless steel is without a doubt one of the best bars you could have in your arsenal.
First off, stainless steel is the least corrosive steel used in barbells today.
Unless there's a barbell I'm unaware of, there simply isn't a better steel available for the home gym user.
Most of your barbells will be sitting in a place that is not climate controlled, aka your garage. In order to prevent corrosion as much as possible, you're going to want a barbell with the ability to resist rusting when its hot and humid and when your blood, sweat, and tears are ground into the bar.
Secondly, not only is stainless steel great for oxidation resistance, but it's also bare steel.
What that means is you get the most corrosion resistance with the best knurling feel you can find.
Ever wonder why people rave about bare steel barbells? It's because the bar has no plating so the knurling is as sharp as it was designed to be.
Simply put, stainless steel is the best type of steel that can be used in a barbell.
The Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is machined AND assembled in Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the reasons Rogue has such high-quality control.
The bushings used are the same ones used in the Rogue Bar 2.0 and are black composite bushings. These allow for a consistent and durable spin.
The steel used is 195,000 PSI stainless steel. Often times today companies will tout an out of this world strong steel, but that isn't necessary. Not only can it affect the whip of the bar, but it's overkill for just about everyone besides those squatting over 1,500 lbs (aka nobody, except maybe Lillebridge eventually.)
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