The Ohio Power Bar is largely considered the best value power bar ever created.
The knurling features a “volcano” pattern that allows the hand to grip more surface area of the bar.
The “volcano” style knurl also increases your grip while lowering the potential for ripping a callous. Contrasted with the Texas Power Bar, it feels just as secure without the sharpness.
The 20 Kilogram version of the OPB is IPF Approved by the International Powerlifting Association.
As with nearly all of Rogue’s barbells, the OPB features a lifetime warranty.
There are four coating options including bare steel, black zinc, Cerakote, and our favorite, stainless steel.
The OPB is made in the USA at Rogue’s factory in Columbus, Ohio of US-sourced steel.
The tensile strength of the Ohio Power Bar is 205K PSI Tensile Strength which is very strong.
The F-Rating is an F-8R which is one of the highest-rated bars on the market.
Self-oiling bronze bushings are utilized for spinning the sleeves. These are known to last a long time and perform admirably.
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The 205K PSI Tensile Strength although strong enough for nearly everyone, is not the strongest on the market and therefore a bit whippier than some competitors like the Kabuki New Generation Bar.
If you’re used to the aggressiveness of the Texas Power Bar from Buddy Capps, you may feel like the OPB is too passive.
Many users have claimed that the Bare Steel Version rusts quickly which is to be expected if not maintained with 3-in-1 oil and left in fluctuating temps like a garage gym experiences.
The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the power bar we recommend most often. You cannot spend less and get a better bar. You can spend more, and depending on your preferences get something maybe better, but even then, it’s debatable. We’ve used pretty much every power bar on the market, and there’s a reason this is one of the most popular in the world. From the knurling to the warranty, the Rogue OPB is the king of power bars in our opinion.
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May 29, 2019
The Rogue OPB is by far one of the best barbells ever created. I've used the Texas Power Bar and although it's a good bar, the knurling on the ohio power bar is simply the best. However, expect it to tear your shins up if you deadlift with it haha
We are constructing a boutique gym in Lincoln, Ne that caters to seniors and people with disabilities (we are training clients in our garage now). We own both the Texas Power Bar and the Ohio Power Bar. My husband and trainer has no preference but I prefer the OPB simply because the knurling is less aggressive. There is a reason why so many recommend a Rogue bar. Both bars are of excellent quality. Both of our bars are bare steel.