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Rogue Chan Bar

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Rogue Chan Bar Black Zinc with Black Zinc Sleeves

Gear Specs

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

Matt Chan Bar

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

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 

You can order your own custom Matt Chan Bar in Black Zinc. for which Rogue has provided some helpful tips for long-term 
barbell care and maintenance.

Matt Chan Bar Specifications:

  • Machined and Assembled in Columbus, OH, USA
  • Lifetime Guarantee Against Bending*
  • Diameter: 28.5mm
  • Dual Knurl Marks for O-Lifts and Power Lifts
  • “Passive” Center Knurl
  • Outer Knurling slightly more aggressive for easier hold during high rep barbell work
  • Available in Murdered Out (Black Zinc with Black Zinc Sleeves)

The recommended maintenance is to use a plastic bristle brush and mild detergent to clean the knurl. Next, wipe the bar down with 3-in-1 oil. Finish by removing any excess oil with a dry towel.

*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.

Rogue Chan Bar is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome features I couldn't decide btw this bar and the ohio bar. I wanted a bar for my garage gym, personal use. I opted for this bar main reasons were the features and only$10 bucks more and I'm very happy i did. 1st the knurling on the bar is absolutely perfect, slightly more aggressive. the passive center knurl just enough to help it stick on squats. 2nd the wider spacing for deads, perfect> doesn't scrape along my shins. I got the black bar, I can see how the sleeves will start to scratch and lose the black coating over time, especially with iron plates,. but will this affect the durability/quality of the bar? absolutely not. This bar is made in USA lifetime guarantee intended to be loaded with heavy plates lift and repeat. It will stand up to a beating. definitely recm this bar to anyone. I love it. Makes me want to lift more and break some PR's
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Black Zinc Sleeves will Fade I put up a review of the Chan bar, but I think it was taken down. I want to caution everyone about the black zinc version of this bar (as I've only owned this bar in black). The loading and unloading of plates will tear the coating off. My sleeves look faded and shows the bare steel underneath. Bar still performs great, but aesthetically it is not holding up. I wish the satin chrome was in stock so I could have gotten that one instead. I've only had this bar for a month now. It's strictly used on the platform with HG bumpers, and occasionally Rogue colored training bumpers. I will never buy a black coated bar again. As for the Chan bar though, I would definitely purchase it again. Nice feel, great knurl, good spin, good whip. Highly recommend it (in satin chrome). Hope this was helpful.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite bar I have purchase the closeout bar (original Rogue bar), the Rogue Bar, Rogue Bar 2.0 and the Rouge Olympic training bar. The Chan bar was instantly my favorite. The knurling is aggressive but does not bite, so in other words, its PERFECT. Passive knurling in the middle is genius and works just like its supposed to with our tearing you up. The Chrome bar does not have the shine of a more expensive Eleiko bar but it's still beautiful. I spent the extra to get the chrome bar hoping to get a bare bar feel...Check! I would give the Chan Bar a 6 star review if you had that option.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money I have used other Rogue bars, and this is my favorite one. The knurl is excellent, and the passive center knurl is a feature that once I used, can not have without. I was worried that the knurl would be too wide for me on the dead lifts, but with the excellent knurl, the index finger width wider than what I am normally used to was not an issue. Go with the chrome! Looks amazing, excellent quality, feels great on the hands, and should be pretty low maintenance. It is pretty quiet too when dropped, being used to cheaper, louder rattles on Oly bars. Just holding the bar makes me pretty happy.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection After using the bars at the gym for awhile I decided it was time to invest. Best investment yet. The whip and feel of this bar is amazing. Love the wider knurling. This bar is glorious.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly what I expected from Chan and Rogue Love the knurling on this bar. I agree 100% with Chan on the center knurling and it's proven it's worth. I like the comfort of the grip on FS and HBBS, even going shirtless, doesnt tear me up. I'll say, I was a little spooked with the silence of the spin on the bar, but that just might be my years of working with the cheap bars. Would recommend to anyone. Plus the murdered out black on black is a nice touch as well!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-purpose bar I did more research than I care to admit into the purchase of my first non-Craigslist purchased bar, looking for the perfect mix of powerlifting bar and olympic lifting bar. My training has historically been focused on the three powerlifting movements, but I like to do some olympic lifting from time to time for speed development, so I needed a good (but not overly aggressive) knurl, not too much whip, decent spin and, ideally, both markings. I also wanted to make sure I was getting a quality product that the manufacturer would stand behind. While there were a few bars sold by Rogue that interested me, this one seemed to be the best of both worlds, and it had the extra spacing for deadlifts to boot. I've taken the bar through several workouts now and could not be happier with the purchase. My hand feels locked with the knurl, but it isn't so aggressive that it hurts on heavy deads. I was also pleased to find that the knurl was not so aggressive as to make my occasional sumo deadlift painful, and doing conventional pulls with this bar is fantastic. I do have to take a very slightly wider grip on conventional deads than I used to, but not so much that it seems to compromise my pulls. Sure, if I were doing 600lbs, I'd probably want perfectly straight arms, but then I would also have a dedicated powerlifting bar. The whip is very minor, though I have only taken it into the low 300s on my squat and deadlift to date. Spin is great. I should also mention that the bar arrived in 2 days and was a virtual Ft. Knox in terms of packaging. I got the black zinc bar, and it is clear that the finish will wear over time on the sleeves, but that is just a nice sign of frequent and serious use. I have no doubt the bar will hold up to anything I throw at it for the foreseable future.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super nice bar!!! Got my bar today. This bar is perfect for any type of workout. The knurling is just right and the spacing is perfect for deadlifts. You won't be disappointed in this bar, trust me!! -Prior SF veteran.
Date published: 2014-10-14
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Rogue Chan Bar is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bar I just bought this bar four days ago. Rogue did a great job packaging and mailing this bar along with some Hi-Temp plates. Everything arrived together to my surprise. This is a fantastic barbell, the spaced outer knurling is perfect.... I highly recommend this bar to anybody who has a garage gym and or public box. Fantastic. Matt out did himself on the specifications.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible dual-use bar I already owned an original Rogue bar (1.0 version) and debated on buying the Matt Chan bar since it first came out. I waffled back and forth about the aggressiveness of the outer knurl, the bar finish I would go with, the potential need for a center knurl.... everything. Finally, after doing my research and scouting out opinions on the bar, I pulled the trigger. And I should have done it much sooner. It looks as much like a piece of art as it does a barbell. I went with the satin chrome finish due to the fact that I lift in a garage gym and cannot always control the humidity of the area. The satin chrome has a dry, slightly chalky, brushed steel type of feel to it that is much less slick than that of zinc or polished chrome. It is a matte silver with plenty of shine still present. I know this finish will last ages and look good while doing it. The quality of the bar is great. The finish is even, the bushings are quieter, spin is more consistent, and knurling stops and starts are precise. My only hesitation concerning the bar lies in the fact that the center knurling is altered on roughly 1/3rd of its length. It is slightly less deep and visually different than the rest of the center knurl. Thus far, it has not seemed to affect my lifts, but is worth mentioning. It is also worth noting that none of the other Chan bars I've seen since then have had this same issue, so no worries. While on the topic of the knurling, its design is excellent. The outer knurl is exactly as described: just slightly more aggressive than that of the standard Rogue 2.0 or Ohio bar. Don't think of it as aggressive like a Texas Power Bar or other heavy sharktooth knurl that feels like a cheesegrater on your skin, but rather a more coarse version of the standard Ohio bar knurl. In my opinion, it simply feels a touch deeper (but still very full) and comes across to the touch like a heavy grit sandpaper. I've found it to be excellent not only for heavy deadlifts, but also gives a more secure grip while benching/pressing or any of the Olympic lifts. The center knurl of the bar is the perfect balance of just enough to help you out in the front or back rack positions, but not enough to tear at your skin. Think of it as more of a cross-hatched texture of lines on the bar than actual knurled steel diamonds. The final knurl alteration on this bar is moving the outer knurl start point out just a bit and it makes a world of difference. It makes conventional deadlifting that much better when the bar is optioned this way. Don't hesitate with benching either, as my grip is narrower than most and still falls right at the start of the knurl. If something happened to this bar or I found myself needing another, this is absolutely the bar I would choose again over all others. It provides the ideal balance between a powerlifting bar and general use bar while still being plenty capable of being used for the Olympic lifts.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BARS BY FAR!!! KNURLING IS EXCELLENT So I'm guessing the bars being out of stock for the most part has to do with them being bad a**! The passive center knurl is perfect and the other knurls are just right! Super sweet looking bar and I'm glad to say I own one of these bad boys!
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just enough knurl Just got this bar in black and it looks and feels great. The outer knurl is just how I like it (not too aggressive and not too smooth). I've picked up some bars that feel like they're trying to rip your skin off as soon as you touch them (this is not one of those bars). The center knurl is perfect for back squats and really isn't noticeable when doing other movements. You can tell Rogue packed this bar with care. The cardboard tubing is tough as nails.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY THIS BAR! I bought this bar, some bumpers and a RML-390F. This is my favorite of the three. I got the blacked out bar and it looks badass. Not the main reason to buy this, but hey it doesn't hurt. This is so much better than any of the bars I have used at my big box. This bar loaded with the bumpers, feels so much better than the same amount of weight at my big box, it is hard to explain. The spacing for doing deadlifts was a big selling point for me and it does not disappoint. The knurling is perfect. It does not feel too sharp, but as you add more weight it really starts to grip, but never too much. The center knurl is bang on for front and back squats, not much but just enough when needed. The bar just makes me feel more confident when lifting. Sounds corny, but try it and you will see. I really miss this when at my bigbox. Stop looking at other bars, you will not be sorry!
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Rounded Bar Best bar I've gotten my hands on thus far! Has a good "whip" to it on heavier work and pulls well on deadlifts. Knurling is so good I don't even need chalk, yet center knurling is just enough. Thanks for the custom bar!
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect Knurling is perfect. The spacing is great and the center knurl is noticeable but definitely not uncomfortable. I have the black one and it is now my favorite bar. I like the wider spacing for dead lifts (shins=happy) and no more thumb spacing on bench. Matt really put some great ideas in here and it shows.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome My first bar and awesome bar. Love the passive center knurl and the diameter of the bar. Very easy to grip. The knurl is spread a little wider than my comfort zone but its not hurting me in my lifts. Black on black does rust fast if in storage that's semi open to the elements so bar maintance has to be done after every use.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love deadlifting with this bar I've only had my Chan bar for about two weeks, but it's already my favorite bar. The wider section between knurling is exactly what I needed for deadlifts. It works great for all of my lifts, but really shines during deadlift days.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid all around lifting bar I bought this to replace my operator bar, the knurling has a lot more stick to it, so i'd suggest taping your thumbs for high rep Olympic work. However I love the passive knurling, the wider void section, and the satin chrome holds up a lot better than the black or other colored finishes. Great bar!
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Couldn't be happier. You can tell thought went into this bar-- from the knurl, to the color, to the art. This bar is a piece of art. It feels right and cries warrior.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Knurling scheme is perfect, the whip is excellent, and the extra clearance for the shins is awesome. Broke it in with heavy power cleans and I couldn't be happier with my investment.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bar I have a few bars and by far the best bar I own it is well designed
Date published: 2013-09-13
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