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The Ohio Bar

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The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc

Black Zinc Shaft / Bright Zinc Sleeves

The Ohio Bar - Black on Black Zinc
Black Zinc Shaft and Sleeves
The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide

Black Oxide Shaft and Sleeves

The Ohio Bar - Satin Hard Chrome

Satin Hard Chrome Shaft and Sleeves

Gear Specs

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


Columbus Craftsmanship, World Class Quality

The Ohio Bar isn’t just one of Rogue’s most durable and versatile weightlifting bars, it’s also a direct reflection of the proud professionals who build it. From the 190,000 PSI steel to the distinctive dual knurl marks and four separate coating options, every detail of the Ohio Bar is held to the absolute highest standard—as you can see in the step-by-step process below.

1 New 190,000 PSI Steel

This steel is manufactured in the US and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell.

Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining which allows the bar to have a very smooth finish post any black oxide, zinc or chrome finish.


Each bar shaft is machined on new Haas machines that are built in the US. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar.

To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar.

3 Fit and Finish

The Ohio Bar is available with 4 different finishes. Each finish offers a different level of oxidization protecion and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl.

Black Oxide is a mild oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a naked bar.

Bright Zinc and Black Zinc is a medium oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment requires minimal maintenance and is used on The Rogue and Bella Bars.

Satin Hard Chrome is a high oxidization protectant process. The feel of this bar is similar to brushed steel.


The Ohio Bar is assembled with bronze bushings which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell.

Each bar will come with an Ohio Bar card that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built the bar.


This bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters.

Each Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a lifetime guarantee against bending**.

The bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen-- from basic high school or collegiate strength training programs to intense Crossfit workouts.

Ohio Bar Coating Options You can select one of the following available coatings from the sidebar:

  • Standard Black Oxide Treatment
  • Black Zinc Plating with Bright Zinc Sleeves - Same zinc combination as the Rogue Bar
  • Black Zinc Plating with Black Zinc Sleeves – Murdered out
  • Satin Hard Chrome – Top of the line finish with more of a matte look than standard chrome



Version 1.1 - This is the first version of the Ohio Bar manufactured by Rogue
Version 1.2 - We upgraded the steel used in the shaft  to 190,000 PSI tensile strenght steel. 

Whichever coating you choose, Rogue has provided some helpful tips for long term Bar Care & Maintenance.

**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. Rogue has a replacement rate of less than 0.0002% on bars. We have found that most problems with bars we replace are related to abusive use rather than manufacturing or materials issues.


Good Bar

Review by aschaefer
Never had my own bar before, so I don't have much to compare to. Knurl is pretty mild when compared to the "olympic" bars in my gym with the center knurl, but less tacky than the knurl on what I assume to be the cheaper bars in the gym. The sleeves roll nicely, but don't spin like crazy when you spin them.

No complaints so far. Love the black bar/bright zinc sleeve look.
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Love it!!!

Review by Mannie
This is the 1st bar that I ever bought, I have used many different bars through out the years at gyms but they do not compare to this bar in anyway. The feel & texture of the bar is just great, it just feels natural in the hands, and the Black Oxide coating & knurling is just spot on its grippy but it doesn't feel like its ripping your hands apart. If you buy this bar you will love and you won't feel like its over priced, if anything you might walk away thinking that you stole it.
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Awesome bar

Review by darylm74
I own this bar for my home and also use one at my box. It spins well and looks awesome. The knurling is second to none.
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Amazing Bar

Review by Logan
I recently purchased the Ohio bar from Rogue and i am extremely happy with my results. The bar is very solid and a major upgrade from the bar i was using before. Great work Rogue!
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Excellent multipurpose bar!

Review by Lance
This is probably the best multipurpose I've owned. It's a jack of all trades, not a specialty bar... with that in mind the thing is incredible. Feel great, sticky knurl, good spin, beautiful finish. I got the Black Oxide, as I like the "bare steel" feeling, and it didn't disappoint. The knurl is mild by my standards, but nice and sticky. For heavy powerlifting (over 400 or so) I still use a power bar, but on days when I do mixed exercises, the bar really shines. Order it expecting a multipurpose and it will definitely deliver.
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Top notch bar

Review by PZeman
I just received the bar today and was left by UPS while I was at CF...was worried about shipment damage but was relieved to see the bar packaged like I would expect for such an investment. The bar is awesome quality and Rogue took great care to make sure it arrived safely. Great Job!
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Thor meets Leonidas

Review by The olympious realious
Imagine Thor watching over the world with his great hammer, replace that hammer with an oxide piece of steel forged from the ancient bones of Leonidas and the brave 300. This is the Ohio Bar.
I read your filth frequencydrive. Your review disgusts me. This flimsy piece of shiny metal with a couple needle bearings you speak of is not worth your crass judgment. Sweden?... Sweden? Let the Swedish keep their cross-country skiing and liberal sexuality, their bars spin like their political system- freely and without purpose. The Ohio bar is an American. It has depth and determination. It moves only when pushed, and only in an offensive throat jabbing position.
Wanna Deadlift 500? Load it up and watch how it doesn't bend, just like the hardended backbone of this great nation.
Wanna snatch- go ahead, and do all 150 of them, we know you will you damn crossfitian- this bar can take it. It will take a beating, get up, and kick you in the throat like a US Marine.
So go ahead and buy that Swedish bar you Mary poppins, liberal, biscuit eating commie, this country and this bar will be here to save you and all your other Europeans asses for a third time when the Nazi werk sans come to take over.
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Review by JJ
Get this bar
stop reading this and get this bar before they run out of stock this is the best bar ever i feels like heaven when you clean and snatch BUY IT
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outstanding bar!

Review by Art
Purchased this bar seven months ago and am VERY pleased thus far. Have dropped from overhead repeatedly with 95#-135# & occasionally with 155#-185# with no problems. I love the spin, diameter, & knurling on this bar! Would buy another, but I don't anticipate needing to for a long time!
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Review by Brian
received my black on black zinc bar a month ago and have been impressed since I got it. The knurling is excellent, not too deep that it cuts. The no centre knurling is perfect for deadlift and cleans, yet still great to squat with. This bar sees everything in my garage, Olympic lifting, dealifting, squats, rack pulls, bench pressing etc. Out of everything I've bought for my home gym, i'm glad I spent the money on this bar, worth every penny. I'm glad I didn't cheap out and get a bar that I would have to replace after a year or so because it's bent and the collars are loose!
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