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The Ohio Bar

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The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
Lead Time: 1-2 Weeks
Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
The Ohio Bar - Black on Black Zinc
Lead Time: 1-2 Weeks
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 Fitness
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Weightlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Multipurpose
Diameter 28.5MM
Knurl Multi
Center Knurl No
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 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 strength 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.


The Ohio Bar 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 10 ratings. 51 user reviews.


Review by Phil

This barbell is off the hook good! I use it in my garage on a daily basis. I use bumpers with it and no matting on the floor. doesn't matter cause this bar can survive through anything. I use it for a wod, oly lifting and powerlifting. Good job ROGUE!

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Beware the black "paint chips"...

Review by Glenn

So far the bar is great. It feels great, and holds plates. Check. But almost immediately the sleeves have been losing chips of the black zinc coating as I add/remove plates. If I had known this, I would have gone with a bar that has the bright/silver sleeves, assuming those would not have the same chip problem. Is it a huge probem? Of course not--not huge. But sense I have the equipment in my living space (I live in a loft), the cleaner it looks the better. And scratched up sleeves just dont look as good as shiny clean sleeves :-\ The online sales people should mention this to buyers, and it should definitely be mentioned on the bar's info website page. If there was a more expensive bar that didnt have this problem, and I was told of it, I would have paid the extra dough.

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High Quality Bar

Review by Anthony

I ordered the black zinc/white zinc barbell. Great bar and the knurling is perfect, smooth but has great grip. Packaged great for delivery which came in 2 days. Extremely happy with this product and company.

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You don't always get what you pay for

Review by Scott

Within a week my black zinc bar turned army green, emailed rogue, was told bars required maintenance and was sent a link to video on how to clean bar with 3/1 oil. That was it. Cleaned bar with oil, obviously it was still green, emailed again, they asked for pics and after getting them said they would send replacement, got replacement today. There was no end on the packaging and bar was scuffed. Emailed again and told them about it and that the powder coating is coming off my yoke after two weeks. Offered to send replacement bar but didn't even acknowledge I said anything about yoke. Very disappointed, I am a ohio native living in Texas and spent a pretty big chunk of money on there stuff because of there reputation, never again. If your in the DFW area, I'll make you a good deal on a y-3 yoke.

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Kick Ass Bar

Review by Scott

I purchased the Ohio Bar after having the Rogue Bar (which is also a very high quality bar) for a couple of years. I've expanded my garage gym and wanted to add another reliable bar to my set up. I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Spin is awesome on this thing. Knurling is great...not overdone but just perfect amount for those heavy clean days to provide great grip without tearing your hands up. I find I don't need nearly the amount of chalk I would use before when using this bar. Go for the all black oxide look. Nothing but compliments on it and it looks badass.

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Great Bar!!

Review by dsweger

This bar has exceeded my expectations. This bar doesn't even compare to my cheap CAP Barbell I had before. The knurling is exceptional on this bar and provides the right amount of grip.

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Great knurl, great spin, looks awesome, dont hesitate to buy it

Review by Nathan

Like a lot of people, this was my first real barbell. I was coming from a standard "no name" bar that had a very passive knurl and basically no spin. I bought some bumper plates and after less than a month of dropping them one of the sleeves came off, so i decided to invest in something better. And make no mistake, this was a big investment for me.. I Went with the ohio bar and i'm definitely happy i did. Knurling and spin are amazing compared to my old bar, and the black oxide finish looks sick. This is hands down the nicest bar i've ever used (not that i have a ton of experience with different bars). As long as the sleeves stay on the bar (i'm sure they will) I have no complaints about this bar. Thanks Rogue!

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Very Happy

Review by RLP

I am very happy with my new Ohio bar. The bar feels well balanced and does not feel as heavy as my other bar. It's very stylish (if you can say that) for a weightlifting bar. I'm very happy with my purchase and would do it again.

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Awesome Looking Bar, Doesn't Stay Pretty Though

Review by Fresche

Bar functions perfectly and looks amazing at first, but the black on the collars chips off after a little while from taking the weights on and off

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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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