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The Ohio Bar

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The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
The Ohio Bar - Black on Black Zinc

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

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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 is rated 4.8605 out of 5 by 43.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime Can't get a bar like this from Texas! I've been working with steel for my whole adult life and this kind of quality you don't find often. Rogue really went out of their way to get the sleeve fit and finish just right! My old York bar is good, the Ohio bar is sublime!
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Best bar I have ever used hands down. It's hard to explain but when you feel this bar in your hands you'll understand.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love my bar , I use it 6 days a week I squat and dead lift in the 500 LB range and it has been dropped many times , I even drop it from over head with 225 or even more , Thanks for offering great products at good prices , I think I'm going to order a bar in pink next.
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMOOTH The "Ohio Bar" is the best and smoothest bar I've ever used or owned and I have been working out for 16 years!!! :) You will not be disappointed and it's well worth the $!!! Love the "Murdered Out" Look as well...Can't go wrong!!! ;)
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Beauty I had some shipping problems with another bar I ordered. Pretty much UPS fault. I had to ship the bar back twice because of damage in shipping. Rogue takes customer satisfaction seriously. This bar came out and I had to have it. I love everything about this bar, it is as close to raw steel as you can get so the grip is really firm. The knurl is just aggressive enough. I use a manta ray to squat with, so no center knurl is pretty much what I needed. Like the oxidized finish the best. Bar doesn't flex too much, just enough. Everyone who has seen the bar loves it.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. Day 1. Just got my Ohio bar in the mail today. Did an Inaugural Bear Complex workout to break it in, and couldn't be happier. Highly suggest this bar to anyone looking for a brutal look and quality build.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOLID! I have had my bar for almost a month now and have loved every minute I've spent with it. Everyone in the box wants to take a spin with it. Cleans and snatches are effortless. I was able to PR my hang snatch by 15 pounds when I switched. It's a must have.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The feel on the oxide finish is a step up from the Rogue Bar, which I didn't think possible. Great job Rogue, you've done it again!
Date published: 2013-05-17