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The Castro Bar

Availability: In stock


Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Color No
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Weightlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Multipurpose
Bar Weight 20KG
Diameter 28.5MM
Knurl Multi
Center Knurl No
Knurl Marks Dual
Shaft Coating Bare Steel
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.50"
Sleeve Coating Bare Steel
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Use Warranty
Free Shipping No
Made In USA Yes
3 Ships Free No

The Castro Bar

For athletes who prefer the classic look and feel of a bare steel barbell, the Rogue Castro Bar belongs in your arsenal. This polished 28.5mm bar is machined and individually assembled in Columbus, OH, and features the same quality U.S. steel, bronze bushings, and dual knurl marks as our flagship Ohio Bar. The texture of the signature knurling allows for a firm grip without feeling sharp, and the bare steel won't get slippery in sweaty hands--making the Castro Bar less dependent on chalk than many coated bars.

With a minimum tensile strength of 190,000 PSI, the Castro Bar has the perfect balance of whip for the Olympic lifter and rigidity for the powerlifter. And its lifetime warranty against bending* ensures it can stand up to daily abuse—whether in a garage gym, college weight room, or professional training facility.

A bare steel bar like this one does require a different level of upkeep than most oxide, zinc or chrome plated bars. Occasionally brushing the Castro Bar down with 3-in-1 or WD-40 will help prevent rusting and create a nice patina look. This is how bars were made for decades and it really produces an unmatched feel.

PLEASE NOTE: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Castro bar will be given to the families of two fallen Navy SEALs. See their story here.


  • Made in the USA
  • 190 KSI Bare Steel
  • 28.5 mm
  • 20 KG
  • No Center Knurl
  • Dual knurl marks for Oly and Power lifts


*Warranty against bending does not cover any bar which has been damaged due to negligent or faulty use, alteration, maintenance, storage or handling by the user. Negligent or faulty use includes abusive dropping of the bar (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. We have found that most problems with bars we replace are related to abusive use rather than manufacturing or materials issues.

The Castro Bar is rated 4.9091 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome Back! Glad to see you brought the Castro Bar back. It's a fantastic buy for those who can't afford the more expensive bearing bars. The knurl great as is the spin. I rarely oil it and it still looks great! Haven't had issues with rust.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Barbell! Bare steel is the way to go... I do wods with sweaty hands and no chalk but this bar has awesome knurling and just doesn't get slippery. Check the specs... For the price, this barbell has no competition!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect I've had my bar about 13 months now. It's a fantastic bar, holding up great, developing a good patina, and I really only have one little gripe/annoyance- the knurling is offset by about 3/16". I didn't notice it at first, but there it is. I can easily compensate, and it's not a huge deal, just annoying. Otherwise I love it, and hove no issue recommending Rogue bars to others.
Date published: 2014-07-20