Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.2
13 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam

Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.2
13 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam
$795.00
Product Description

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

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Kabuki Transformer Bar

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:


Adjustable Angle 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:

1. Hip Hinge: Good Mornings and teaching hinge patterning
2. Back Squat: Low Bar
3. Back Squat: High Bar
4. SSB: For using like a traditional Safety Squat Bar
5. Front Squat: Load Counterbalancing similar to a standard front squat
6. Goblet Squat: In style of a kettlebell goblet squat

Adjustable Difficulty 

In any of those angle positions, the user can additionally adjust the “difficulty” setting of the lift via a second mechanism, which offers (4) different placement options for the weight sleeve (i.e., the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back).

  • Easier: Sleeve at Top of Bracket
  • Easy: Sleeve at Second Position from Top
  • Hard: Sleeve at Third Position from Top
  • Harder: Sleeve at Bottom Position

In total, the Transformer Bar creates 24 different setting combinations, giving large and small gyms alike an extremely versatile tool for changing loading and movement dynamics–whether for a full team of athletes or the evolving regimens of a select few. Once a setting is selected, the bar's longer handles and proprietary bend provide a balanced "center" that allows the lifter to comfortably focus on their form.

Note: The short and standard length handles options are included. 

Gear Specs

Specifications:

  • Manufactured by Rogue in Columbus, Ohio
  • Developed by Kabuki Strength
  • Adjustable, Multi-Functional Safety Squat Bar
  • Patent Pending
  • 24 Different Squat Variation Combinations (6 camber angle points + 3 sleeve slots)
  • Short and Standard Length Handle Options Included
  • Unloaded Weight: 25KG / approx. 55 LBS
  • Load Capacity: 1,500 LBS
  • Handles: Stainless Steel, 1.15” diameter, spaced 12”
  • Olympic Sleeves: Machined grooves, Proprietary Matte Black finish, 15.75” loadable length
  • Distance Between Brackets: 54”
  • Black Powdercoated Center Bar
  • High Density Foam Pads (Imported Foam)
  • Ships Fully Assembled
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Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar
Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar

Gear Specs

BrandKabuki Strength
ColorBlack
Made In USAYes, with Imported Foam
Other Product SpecsDistance Between Brackets: 54”
Distance Between Handles: 12"
Loadable Sleeve Length15.75”
Bar Length91.25"
Bar UseSpecialty
Bar Weight25KG
Sleeve CoatingProprietary Matte Black Finish

Key Features Kabuki Transformer Bar

Made in the USA By Rogue
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Made in the USA By Rogue

The fully adjustable Transformer Bar from Kabuki Strength has been put to use in thousands of training facilities, from home gyms and rehab training centers to the pro and college ranks. Now, the latest edition of this unique specialty squat bar has moved its production to the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, where we’ve been able to adapt the established model with several new upgrades and refinements. Each bar weighs 25KG (approx 55LB) unloaded, with 15.75” of loadable sleeve length and a load capacity of 1,500 LBS. The stainless steel knurled handles are spaced 12” apart and measure 1.15” in diameter, and the machined Olympic sleeves include precision grooves, designed to work with any standard Oly collars.

6 Fixed Squat Position Settings
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6 Fixed Squat Position Settings

The simple pop-pin mechanism of the Transformer Bar can be easily set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance. Each setting replicates a common squat movement pattern, including the Hip Hinge, Low Bar Back Squat, High Bar Back Squat, Safety Squat Bar, Front Squat, and Goblet Squat.

4 Difficulty Settings
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4 Difficulty Settings

Along with selecting the camber angle of the bar, users can also choose the positioning of the weight sleeve within a second bracket. This adjustment determines the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back, automatically increasing or decreasing the difficulty of the lift. The four options range from “Easier” (at the top of the bracket) to “Harder” (at the bottom), and the Rogue version comes with a new detent pin to help lock the sleeve into place. With 24 total setting combinations, the Transformer Bar is a particularly versatile training tool, whether for a seasoned lifter honing their form or a novice learning the movements.

New Proprietary Matte Black Finish
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New Proprietary Matte Black Finish

The Rogue version of the Kabuki Transformer Bar also introduces a new PMB finish on both brackets, as well as laser-etched markings to note the sleeve and pin position settings. Our Proprietary Matte Black finish utilizes a process that effectively transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it, greatly increasing the brackets’ long-term corrosion resistance and color endurance.

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Reviews

1 - 8 of 13 Reviews
6542
★★★★★
★★★★★
1 week ago
Amazing bar, but prefer the Kabuki made version
The bar is excellent, although now having tried the one manufactured by Kabuki I prefer it to the rogue. Aesthetically the Rogue bar looks sharper (all black finish, metal accents), but the black paint wears quickly. More importantly, the way you adjust the difficulty is a lot more awkward on the Rogue - first removing a set pin then pulling the bar through towards the rack (inevitably colliding with it, meaning you need to lift the bar off the rack). The latest Kabuki made bar, by comparison, can be adjusted by simply twisting the bar and pulling them out, a much simpler process. Once Rogue picks up that design they'd go back to 5 stars.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 2
No · 0
D Mac
Nashville
★★★★★
★★★★★
1 week ago
Great idea, ver functional, poor build
First, great idea.. I like this concept I like using it. But for pretty much $1000.00 delivered I would expect the build quality to be better. The sleeves scratch immediately.. I’m not one for complaining about scratches and cosmetics, but this is a big ticket item for what it is and with the kabuki name.. the sleeves and the selector pivot have so much play that if you don’t put clamps on your plates will fall off. It would have been so easy to make tighter tolerances. I have read on here where people complain about this.. it’s absolutely a fact. This should be $350 and say fitness gear on it. Once again… great idea.. very functional but the fitment of the parts and the finishes are poor quality So to add a video to show you how much play there is apparently I have to upload the video to you tube to be able to post it on here 👊🏻
Yes, I recommend this product
After second load unload
Look at how the bar slopes on the ends. If you lift the bar at all the plates will fall off with out collars
Helpful?
Yes · 5
No · 1

Response from Rogue Fitness:

1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to review your Transformer Bar. The markings you are seeing on the sleeves should be able to be wiped off with a rag. We are going to reach out to you via email to learn more about the play you mentioned to see if this is in or out of our spec.
Jonsned
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 15
Awesome
I love it it’s amazing how moving the weights a little makes a big difference
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 1
No · 1
Bibendum
Alabama
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Metal peels off easily
Overall, the function is great. However, when used in conjunction with a pair of metal J cups such as the Ghost roller setup, the metal flakes off almost immediately.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 22
No · 6

Response from Rogue Fitness:

Oct 2023
Thanks for raising this to our attention! Metal on metal contact can lead to this, but with how new your bar is, our team would like to evaluate this further. We will be reaching out.
Slim gym
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Excellent Product
Excellent product, solid build, and worth the price!! If you have shoulder pain while performing back and front squats, this is what you need without a doubt! The only disadvantage is with storage if you have a small space to work in. The barbell is awkward to store with its design, but by no means a deal breaker. The positives far outweigh the negatives! Just buy it!!
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 6
No · 10
AllTypos
Bay Area
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Absolutely love this bar
Absolutely love this bar. Being able to do all these squat variations without being worried or limited by my lack of shoulder or wrist mobility is fantastic. The hinge setting is also great for good morning. New shorter handles by Rogue are great. 2 things can be improved: 1) the tolerances in a 49” rogue rack are tight. I’ve hit the pop pins into the jcups and I fear they may break. 2) IMO the difficulty setting is gimmicky and I never change it. If I want to make the exercise harder I can use load or bands. I’d rather not have this feature, have less moving parts on the bar and a tighter assembled product.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 8
No · 13
BT4801
Lakeville, MN
★★★★★
★★★★★
Sep 2023
Works for me
What I expected. Needed something to take strain off shoulders when front squatting.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 3
No · 18
Riko28
Newark, CA
★★★★★
★★★★★
Aug 2023
Versatile with few downsides
Wow! Just wow. This bar is an absolute tank! It is overbuilt and feels great in the hands and on the back! I have a decent squat, around 425 and my front squat is around 365. Although I still squat with a regular power bar, this Transformer has helped me out tremendously by alleviating pain in my lower back as well as my forearms when I front squat. The different positions are phenomenal. The SSB is very similar to a stand alone ssb bar and can’t imagine purchasing just an ssb bar when this bar is available! My only complaints are purely cosmetic. The sleeves mess up quickly. The changing pin scratches the metal very easily. And I’m not sure how long the pad will hold up. The stitching appears to be coming undone after only about one month. But the pad is very comfortable. Not sure if that is an issue though. It’s not enough to give this bar less than 5 stars! My only other complaint is the long handles. I love the short handles very much and don’t see myself changing them. The long sleeves are just too long! When I tried them out, they constantly hit my thighs. They are essentially useless. I hope Rogue comes out with some “medium” handles. Something in between. But overall, I’m so happy to have made this purchase! You won’t regret it!
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 11
No · 64

Response from Rogue Fitness:

Aug 2023
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback! The markings you are seeing should be able to be wiped right off. We are happy to look into this further if this is not the case.
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