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The Castro Bar

$262.00

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 Bare Steel
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.50"
Sleeve Coating Bare Steel
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*
Made In USA Yes

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 Bare Steel
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.50"
Sleeve Coating Bare Steel
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*
Made In USA Yes

The Castro Bar

For athletes who prefer the classic look and feel of a bare steel barbell, the Rogue Castro Bar belongs in your arsenal. This polished 28.5mm bar is machined and individually assembled in Columbus, OH, and features the same quality U.S. steel, bronze bushings, and dual knurl marks as our flagship Ohio Bar. The texture of the signature knurling allows for a firm grip without feeling sharp, and the bare steel won't get slippery in sweaty hands--making the Castro Bar less dependent on chalk than many coated bars.

With a minimum tensile strength of 190,000 PSI, the Castro Bar has the perfect balance of whip for the Olympic lifter and rigidity for the powerlifter. And its lifetime warranty against bending* ensures it can stand up to daily abuse—whether in a garage gym, college weight room, or professional training facility.

A bare steel bar like this one does require a different level of upkeep than most oxide, zinc or chrome plated bars. Occasionally brushing the Castro Bar down with 3-in-1 or WD-40 will help prevent rusting and create a nice patina look. This is how bars were made for decades and it really produces an unmatched feel.

See More Men's 20KG Bars from Rogue.

See Also: The Rogue Barbell Cleaning Kit



Please Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Castro bar will be given to the families of two fallen Navy SEALs. See their story here.

Specifications:

  • Made in the USA
  • 190 PSI Bare Steel
  • 28.5 mm
  • 20 KG
  • No Center Knurl
  • Dual knurl marks for Oly and Power lifts

*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. We have found that most problems with bars we replace are related to abusive use rather than manufacturing or materials issues.

Please Note: Like any fine piece of machined steel, a bare steel barbell will require some upkeep. Occasionally brushing the bar down with 3-in-1 oil or WD-40 will create a beautiful patina look. This is how bars were made for decades and it really does produce an unmatched feel.

The Castro Bar is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance. I bought this bar used, 3 years ago with 260 lbs of bumpers. This Castro bar gets used heavily. I work out 3-4 times a week. My teenage son and his friends are in the home gym banging away 4-5 days a week And my wife gets out there at least 2 times a week(she has a bella bar but uses the Castro for dead lifts). Central Virginia humidity is rough on bare metal. I take this bar out side and scrub/oil it twice a year. It's got a nice dark brown look to it and a fantastic feel. I put it on the floor today and did a spin test. It is still straight. I could not ask for more.This is a great feeling barbell and has handled everything from crossfit workouts to basic power lifting.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plain Solid I have had this bar for about a year. I work out in a detached garage in the humid south. I was worried about the bare steel, but I give it a little attention every other week or so. It has developed a nice patina. If you want a bare to shine like new forever, this might not be your bar. But, for awesome spin and unmatched feel in the hands this is it. I use it for everything and it holds up to whatever we throw at it.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought 5 Castro bars and 5 Ohio bars for my gym. We've been using them every day for about 10 months and they are great, as advertised. If you follow a proper maintenance plan these bars will last forever. They will probably last forever either way, but take care of your stuff, you and your members deserve it. 100% satisfied.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tool To Be Treasured After much dissatisfaction with my mediocre hex-bolt old friend that had once served me well when I was just starting to delve into compound lifts, I'd decided a few months ago that it was high time I spent a little more for better equipment. Namely, a bar that wouldn't bend bearing 180lbs or clang like a bell every time I picked it up. Weeks of research lead me to look toward rogue for an answer. I knew what I wanted most of all was a grip that wouldn't let up through sweat and caked on chalk, but wasn't going to mutilate my flesh with rows of spiked teeth. The Castro Bar delivers this, and a couple of other things I wasn't expecting. Having no coating on the bar did worry me a bit at first, but it actually produced a feel of ultimate security in my hands. Nothing short of grip failure can rip this baby from me. I haven't really loaded it up with too serious a weight in order to test the whip in any real capacity, but I appreciate the bar's rigidity at lower weights and the amount of force that it stands up to in the slower lifts. The switch between bars has also opened me up to realizing just how large my old bar's diameter really was, probably in an attempt to make up for the weakness of the steel. The 28.5mm shaft on the Castro allows me to actually execute and secure a proper hook grip through the entire pull on the snatch and clean. Not to mention, the spin, being a component of a barbell I'd never given much thought to, amazed me with just how much of it there was. When lightly lubricated, the sleeves produce a spin lasting anywhere from 8-12 seconds, and with no ungodly rattling to speak of. Even the twice-weekly maintenance of the bar feels like an experience of appreciation and bonding with such a well crafted piece of equipment on which to spend the time. If you're pretty new to taking training seriously, and need an heirloom quality barbell at a reasonable price with a warranty to match, do yourself and your future generations a favor my picking up one of these bad boys.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Save your money-skip the cheap big box store bars. I purchased this bar after exceeding the weight limit on a cheap olympic bar from one of the big box retailers. The finish is so much better. The cheap bar had deep grooves on the sleeves that made it difficult to add/remove the plates and collars. These are much smoother. The chrome was chipping off the cheap bar. The bare steel Castro bar is great-excellent grip and I don't have to use chalk excessively like I did with the cheap bar. The knurling is grippy and well machined. The knurling on the cheap bar was off by a half-inch in either direction and inconsistent in texture. Save yourself some money and skip the cheap bar-this is an investment. It's an American-made product that I expect to last a lifetime.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bar Best bar I've ever used. Period. Straight out of the box. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bar!! I don't have any complaints about this bar and it fits my style (bare bones/bare metal)!!!
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic bar! I fully agree with others about how good this bar is. I have a quality bearing bar and my Castro bar compares very favorably with it. It seems to me the spin is just as good on this bar as on the bearing bar. If you can't afford a bearing bar - get this one you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-04-08
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