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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

Availability: Ships in 7-10 business days

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 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 4.8511 out of 5 by 47.
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 Perfection I was a little unsure on how I would like the oxide finish, but as soon as I picked this bar up I was sold. Operates beautifully, looks aggressive and the feel is 2nd to none.
Date published: 2013-05-09
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I was deployed when i ordered this bar. I couldnt wait to get home and use this bar. I have to say the quality of this bar compared to what ive used in the past is AMAZING!!! I am happy with my purchase and look forward to more workouts with this bar.
Date published: 2013-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it for grip alone I work out at a crossfit gym full of cheap bars, where about half of them are bent, and a good bit of them have shark tooth grip that chews my hands up. This is my first bar, and I can only compare it to the cheap ones my gym has. First off, the grip has to be felt to be believed. I got the Black Oxide finish after much back and forth in my head, but it feels awesome! Your hand just sticks to the bar without being too rough. Anyone who has laid hands on it at the gym love the grip as well. The finish looks great as well. I enjoy having my own bar for consistency, so I know how it's going to feel every time.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth The Extra $$ I was on the hunt for a new bar for a while, and I was at a toss up between quite a few based on the price (since I will only be using it in my home gym). I was debating between this bar, the beater bar, and a few other bars from other companies. Never having used this before, and loving the black on black oxide look I bought it, and I couldn't be happier. Having worked in multiple gyms, exercise physiology labs, and friends having other rogue bars, I am glad I got this one, it beats them all. The grip is great, the sleeves move so fluid, I instantly noticed my lifts feeling better (paired them with some new bumpers by rogue and it even looks amazing, and makes you want to lift more!) Amazing bar by Rogue, worth the extra $$ if you can swing it.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing bar This is the first real 20 KG barbell I've had, and I have to say I'm glad I got this as my first one. Before this bar came I was using a 15 pound technique bar. The sleeves didn't rotate and the diameter was tiny and the knurl was very passive. This is WAY more than a step up. The knurl feels great. The spin on the sleeves is perfect for both types of weight lifting, and the black oxide finish and red end cap makes to be a very sharp looking bar for a garage gym or affiliate. It's worth the extra money trust me. You won't be disappointed. I look forward to purchasing a lot more gear from Rogue and using it for many years.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ohio Bar I was pretty skeptical when reading how game changing this bar was, so I was eager to receive it. It was 100% what everyone has to say about it. The best way I can describe it is that it feels very dense. Because of this it seems to have a very controlled balance to it, I never felt I had to concentrate on balancing the weight, I just had to bring it up and down. The knurl was really cool, it was smoother than my previous bar yet it had a lot more natural grip to it, my hands felt great after lifting. Only bad part was that one of the sleeves was scratched up a bit, but I do not really mind because it is bound to happen anyways.
Date published: 2013-09-04