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The Ohio Bar

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The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc

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Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
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 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 Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.40"
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

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 4.8367 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made With Pride This thing is incredible. I was undecided on a multi-purpose barbell for quite some time now between the Rogue Bar 2.0, the Ohio Bar, and the Froning Bushing Bar (which is an Ohio Bar with Froning R* signature end caps) but I could not be happier with any other bar. (I went with the blacked out zinc model.) This wasn't my first purchase from Rogue so I definitely expected it to be nice for being their flagship bar, but when I pulled it out of it's packaging I was completely blown away by the quality. It's hard to paint a picture of how legendary this bar is just by typing this up but I can promise you just from over 6 years of lifting and barbell training that you CANNOT be disappointed if you order an Ohio Bar. It is by far the most well-put-together barbell I have ever used. It will seamlessly serve any lifting purpose, from high-skill olympic lifts to heavy powerlifts. The grip feel is literally flawless. Knurling is exactly how it should be. Not razor sharp but nowhere near passive. The spin is more than I'd expect from a bushing bar. It's just right. Rogue, I won't say you've outdone yourself with your flagship bar, because I knew it was gonna be great, but it has far exceeded my expectations. That "R" is a true American mark of quality and pride. Keep it up and thank you.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black Oxide (WILL RUST SUPER EASY) I love this bar! BUT....... I would trade it in if i could for one that was more rust resistant... I have this in my house, in the AC and it started to rust after one day of having it... if you don't keep it oiled it will rust... But here is the issue... its now OILED... that makes it slick... I wish i would have read the details about mild rust resistance... it rusts like bare steel. So keep it oiled... Again, I would highly recommend getting one that doesn't rust so easily... That is my only REGRET with any of my rogue Products.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 190k ohio bar. Flip flopped on the rogue bar 2.0, and the ohio bar. After some back and forth with the staff, I went with the ohio bar. To be fair, this is the only quality barbell I have ever handled, but I'm very impressed. Collars spin well, though I will at some point end up with a true only bar for those lifts. Snatches yesterday, heavy deads and squats today, performed admirably on all counts. It sounds cliche, but you can just feel the quality when you grab it. Knurling is badass! Chalk it up and it's Velcro but doesn't murder your hands. I chose the black oxide and I am glad I did. MY ONE GRIPE is that the finish seems to be very susceptible to scratching on the collars even after just a couple days. Overall though, 10/10.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bar The Ohio Bar is the first barbell I have bought. My first-hand knowledge of barbells only encompasses those used at my local gym (not a CrossFit box). My hands would get torn up with the knurling by those bars. I never realized that knurling could feel so good in the sense that it provides a secure grip, but without tearing up your hands. This bar certainly spins better than what I am used to using, but my frame of reference is limited. I have the bright zinc/blank zinc version, and the bar is a beauty. For an all purpose bar, it has served me well.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect grip I have used a lot of bars and I am thoroughly impressed by these bars we have had them at our school for 1 month now and they only get better as the break in. 6 sports programs are using these daily and 140 athletes and they work great. Grip is awesome, the feel makes you want to pull more weight and for people with in experience hand gives you more traction to grab. We ordered the black zinc bars. As others have stated the finish looks frickin great when you open them but does not stay that way when you are using them, but who cares. They are meant to be abused and these bars take it. Thanks for making great product we can use
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an awesome bar! Asolutely the best bar for the money I have ever used!!
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bar! Very good bar. The only complaint I have is how easily the zinc comes off of the sleeves of the bar. Does it effect the performance of the bar? Not at all. It is sincerely just a picky item and not a big deal. it is worth mentioning however as this was the reason I got the Ohio Bar rather than the Rogue 2.0 bar. I wanted the all black look. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have gotten he new Rogue bar 2.0 only because if the zinc was going to come off of the bar, I would have gotten sleeves that were not all black... still a FANTASTIC BAR with this being the ONLY MINOR issue.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good bar I bought an Ohio bar about 4 months ago for using in my garage. The bar feels sturdy and holds up to a beating, and as an Ohio kid, born and bred, I like the red Ohio endcap. Really solid craftsmanship. However, I'm not completely sold on the knurl. Don't get me wrong, it's top quality, but it's a little too rough for my taste. In retrospect I may have preferred the Rogue Bar. The knurl can really rips my hands up even when holding chalk.... Maybe i just have sissy hands.
Date published: 2014-07-25