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The Castro Bar

Availability: In stock


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 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 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 4.9333 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic bar! I fully agree with others about how good this bar is. I have a quality bearing bar and my Castro bar compares very favorably with it. It seems to me the spin is just as good on this bar as on the bearing bar. If you can't afford a bearing bar - get this one you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That spin though.. Whoa. I originally had the first version. Upgraded to the newest "Ohio bar chasis" version 2 when it was released. The bare steel is fantastic.. worth the slight upkeep, in my opinion. Knurling is CLEAN (perfect stops and starts.. better than the first version). Great depth that sticks, but not too aggressive. Crazy part is I have a bearing bar from another company, and this bar spins MUCH longer. This might be the best all-around bar on the planet.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bare steel, great spin, great value After 6 months of use in our box, this bar proven to be a fantastic performer. The knurling combined with bare steel finish give endless grip and the collar spin rivals our bearing bars. All this and a super competitive price. Make this the standard bar for your box and you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This bar rocks!! Used this bar right out of the box for a power clean WOD at the fire station. It was a breath of fresh air and got us all pumped. Its going to step our game up. Awesome bar. Get one.
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handles everything The Castro bars were the first bars that we ordered for our gym. It's been almost 5 years now and they are still going strong. No Problems at all. the bare bare requires a little up keep but that is nothing too hard to handle. They develop a little bit of a patina look but to me that just makes them look more old school.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dont Hesitate to Buy!! Amazing Bar!! I recenlty bought this bar and all I have to say is wow, coming from a bad bar you really get to appriciate the quality of this bar. The knurling is perfect, the whip is great and it is very flexable(more than I was expecting, In a good way though lol)
Date published: 2014-08-29
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
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The Castro Bar is rated 4.9333 out of 5 by 15.
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 worth every penny My first high end bar. I have only owned one bar, an old bare steel that I thought I loved. It has been in the corner since this one arrived. Great spin and just enough whip. Love it. Who's surprised its ROGUE.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five stars I just got the bar. What can I say it rocks. The bare finish and knurl are sweet. The spin is smooth. My first quality bar and I now see the difference. Thanks Rogue.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bar! I am no elite crossfit athlete, but this bar is awesome! The construction is flawless. The knurl is perfect and the collar spin is very smooth. However, if you live near the ocean or in a humid climate(like the southern states), the bar will really need to be kept up and cleaned/oiled frequently if you want to keep the finish nice. Within just a few days, there was already rust along the shaft and collars. Personally, I don't mind at all doing a little extra work to keep my equipment nice. Just be mindful that it will rust!
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Bar We have several Rogue bars at our box, but this one quickly became everyone's favorite... Great grip feels good in your hands! We also let ours rust a little bit lending it an "old school" look that everyone appreciates. Holds up great to any lift we've thrown at it. (Olympic and Powerlifting) I highly recommend this bar...
Date published: 2012-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Bar Bought this bar as an all purpose bar to supplement my high end olympic lifting bars. The quality, spin and finish are superb. I highly recommend this bar.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great bar I train both olympic lifts and power lifts and this bar is strong! its mildly flexible too, but not like an Elieko. I've been doing 5x5 deadlifts with 565lbs and its holding up great. The spin is okay, but may not be fast enough for elite oly lifters. Overall, great investment and I'll probably have this bar forever
Date published: 2011-11-07
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