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The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.7
51 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.

The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.7
51 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.
$295.00
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Product Description

When we launched the 20KG Ohio Bar in 2013, we set out to make the best all-around barbell on the market. Designed to be used for squats, bench press, and deadlifts to cleans, snatches and everything in between, the Ohio Bar has become the go-to choice for garage gyms and training facilities all over the world.


THE ORIGINAL

Black oxide, the original finish of the Ohio Bar, pays homage to the old school iron game. With this treatment process, the knurl is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes. Over time, and with some care, this bar will develop a patina providing an antique look and a bar that will last a lifetime.


CRAFTED FOR EXCELLENCE IN COLUMBUS, OH

Designed, manufactured, and built in Columbus, OH using precision-machined bronze bushings and 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel for the perfect balance of whip and rigidity. The bar features Rogue’s signature knurl pattern with dual knurl marks for both Power and Oly lifts (no center knurl).


ENHANCED FEATURES

Best In Class Durability:  Engineered to withstand the increased demands that functional movements and Olympic lifts place on barbells today through overhead drops.  Read more here.

2X Quieter Performance: Refined with even stricter tolerances, precision-machined bronze bushings fit tighter around the shaft, and improved internal sleeve tolerances dampen sound and eliminate unwanted movement, ensuring a smoother and more stable lift.

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THE OHIO BAR - BLACK OXIDE

MEN'S 20KG MULTI-PURPOSE BARBELL

When we launched the 20KG Ohio Bar in 2013, we set out to make the best all-around barbell on the market. Designed to be used for squats, bench press, and deadlifts to cleans, snatches and everything in between, the Ohio Bar has become the go-to choice for garage gyms and training facilities all over the world.


THE ORIGINAL

Black oxide, the original finish of the Ohio Bar, pays homage to the old school iron game. With this treatment process, the knurl is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes. Over time, and with some care, this bar will develop a patina providing an antique look and a bar that will last a lifetime.


CRAFTED FOR EXCELLENCE IN COLUMBUS, OH

Designed, manufactured, and built in Columbus, OH using precision-machined bronze bushings and 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel for the perfect balance of whip and rigidity. The bar features Rogue’s signature knurl pattern with dual knurl marks for both Power and Oly lifts (no center knurl).


ENHANCED FEATURES

Best In Class Durability:  Engineered to withstand the increased demands that functional movements and Olympic lifts place on barbells today through overhead drops.  Read more here.

2X Quieter Performance: Refined with even stricter tolerances, precision-machined bronze bushings fit tighter around the shaft, and improved internal sleeve tolerances dampen sound and eliminate unwanted movement, ensuring a smoother and more stable lift.


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Best In Class Durability

With a F-Scale rating of F8-R, the Ohio Bar is among the most durable barbells in its class. By optimizing materials and manufacturing techniques, the Ohio Bar has been engineered to withstand the increased demands that CrossFit, Olympic lifting and functional fitness place on barbells today.  Read more here.

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BLACK OXIDE SLEEVES

Black oxide shaft is paired with matching black oxide sleeves for a consistent look end to end.

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2X QUIETER PERFORMANCE

Using precision machining, we are able to tighten the fit of the sleeve on the shaft which means a smoother spin, a more connected feeling while lifting and significant noise reduction.

How It's Made
1

FRICTION WELDING

The collars of the sleeves are friction welded, creating the strongest sleeves in the industry. This bond is as strong as if machined from a single piece of steel, while saving on waste and cost. 

Rogue Work Hardening
2

Rogue Work Hardening

Our patented, proprietary process more than doubles the durability and lifespan of the barbell shaft compared to our competitors. 

Black Oxide Sleeve Finish
3

Black Oxide Sleeve Finish

Black oxide shaft is paired with matching black oxide sleeves for a consistent look end to end.

State-of-the-art Gauging
4

State-of-the-art Gauging

We use gauging normally employed in the aerospace industry to ensure that every bar that makes it to a customer is exactly as designed.

Barbell Durability

RUST RESISTANCE

The resistance of a barbell to oxidation depends on the type of steel and the coating. Barbells at the lower end of the spectrum will require more care and maintenance to preserve their appearance than barbells at the upper end of the spectrum.

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BARBELL DURABILITY

The F Scale™ is a durability scale for barbells based on functional testing at stresses similar to what barbells experience when being dropped from overhead. Bars that have been treated with Rogue Work Hardening (RWH™) are designated by having an R in their F Rating™. For more information on F Scale™ click here.

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F SCALE™ APPLICATION

How a barbell is used will affect its durable lifespan and it's a key factor in determining what type of F Rating™ might be suitable for your gym's needs. This graph correlates the F Rating™ of a barbell with different types of usage in order to predict the durable lifespan. Using this data, we are able to make recommendations on what F Rating™ is appropriate for different training situations. With a rating of F8-R, the Ohio Bar is rated to last 16 years in a high volume CrossFit gym and will outlast a lifetime of lifting in an Olympic Weightlifting gym, a home gym or a Powerlifting gym.

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Ohio Bar FAQ
Gear Specs

Specifications:

  • Manufactured in Columbus, OH
  • Diameter: 28.5MM
  • Weight: 20KG
  • Black Oxide Shaft, Black Oxide Sleeves
  • Dual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power lifts
  • No Center Knurl
  • F-Scale Rating: F8-R
  • 190,000 PSI Tensile Strength Steel
  • Bronze Bushings for Reliable Spin
  • 16.40" loadable sleeve length
  • Rogue branded endcaps
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Product Specifications: The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide
Product Specifications: The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide
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MULTI-PURPOSE BARBELL

Designed to work well for both Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting and everything in between.

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F-RATING

Our barbells are tested by a third-party to determine their F-Rating, or fatigue resistance, which is a measured representation of the durability of the barbell.

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BARBELL BUSHINGS

Precision bronze bushings provide reliable fast spin while being exceptionally durable when subjected to impact from being dropped.

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WHAT IS ROGUE WORK HARDENING?

Rogue Work Hardening (RWH) is our patented process for treating the shafts of our barbells to improve their durability. 

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BARBELL WEIGHT

20KG is the standard for most Powerlifting Federations, Men's Olympic Weightlifting and Men's CrossFit competitions.

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BARBELL WHIP

The amount of springback provided by the bar that can be used by the lifter to increase the weight they can lift in dynamic movements.

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BARBELL DIAMETER

The 28.5mm diameter falls directly between the 28mm Olympic and 29mm Powerlifting standard diameters.

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MADE IN THE U.S.A.

Made from US steel, the Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, OH.

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TENSILE STRENGTH

Expressed in PSI, tensile strength measures the maximum weight a barbell can support before deforming. The 190K tensile strength falls within the optimal range of not bending under normal use, yet not been inflated to the point that it will shorten the life of the bar.

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BARBELL KNURLING EXPLAINED

Our signature knurl, designed for multi-purpose use, provides a firm grip without being abrasive. This falls in the middle of the road on the knurl scale, striking a balance without being overly aggressive or passive. 

Gear Specs

BrandRogue Fitness
Guarantee/WarrantyLifetime Warranty*
Made In USAYes
Loadable Sleeve Length16.40"
Bar Length86.75"
Diameter28.5MM
F Rating™F8-R
Bar TypeMen's Bars
Bar UseMultipurpose
Bushing/BearingBushing
Bar Weight20KG
KnurlMulti
Center KnurlNo
Knurl MarkDual
Shaft CoatingBlack Oxide
Sleeve CoatingBlack Oxide
Tensile Strength190,000 PSI

Key Features of The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide:

New 190,000 PSI Steel
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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.

BUILT FOR MULTI-PURPOSE PERFORMANCE
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BUILT FOR MULTI-PURPOSE PERFORMANCE

All of our flagship 20KG Ohio Bars utilize a U.S. steel variant that we believe is the best in the industry for use in a multi-purpose barbell. The 190,000 PSI shaft is ground and polished prior to machining, ensuring a smooth finish and optimal performance, and the refined knurling pattern delivers a firm but non-abrasive grip. Quality bronze bushings help produce an ideal combination of the consistent spin needed for Oly lifts and the stability required for heavy powerlifting.

NEW STRICTER TOLERANCES
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NEW STRICTER TOLERANCES

Every connection in the 20KG Ohio Bar now has tightened tolerances measuring in the thousandths of an inch. Using custom electronic gauging, we can produce a multipurpose bar that consistently meets our exacting standards. This applies to the knurl and the sleeve profile, as well as the features in the shaft and sleeves that enable a perfect fit during assembly. The result is less axial and radial float of the sleeves (i.e. enhanced stability), significant noise reduction, and a more solid feel throughout the lift.

Fit and Finish
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Fit and Finish

Each Ohio Bar finish offers a different level of oxidation protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl. Black Oxide is a mild oxidation protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a bare steel bar.

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Reviews

1 - 8 of 51 Reviews
Kyle J
Janesville, WI
★★★★★
★★★★★
June 10
Rusted Extremely Fast
Rusted after Two Months. Normal use in a garage gym. Already showing rust in two different spots. Not the quality I was sold on.
Helpful?
Yes · 2
No · 1

Response from Rogue Fitness:

4 weeks ago
Each Ohio Bar finish offers a different level of oxidation protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl. Black Oxide is a mild oxidation protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a bare steel bar.
Braxton R
★★★★★
★★★★★
June 5
Great for my home gym
The bar is fantastic. I bought it for my home gym as a do it all kind of bar and I'm super happy with the quality. The knurling is comfortable but still has good grip. I've scraped it against the metal squat rack many times and the knurl texture is still in great shape. As advertised it doesn't have quite as much whip as a competition bar but I've still hit several pr's with it. All in all I love this product and would recommend to anyone looking to do a mix of heavy squats and bench press as well as olympic style lifting.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 1
No · 0
Eric W H
Memphis, TN
★★★★★
★★★★★
May 28
Oxidized Quicker Than Expected
I bought this bar one month ago. After around 2 weeks, the oxidation began. This bar is stored in a garage in May and I live in Tennessee, so there is a lot of humidity. I did not read the durability chart prior to buying, so the oxidization began MUCH quicker than I would expect it to. The black oxide provides almost zero rust protection. The feel of the bar with this finish is fantastic, and the black looked awesome before the oxidation began. I would not recommend buying this bar if it is not stored in a conditioned space. The barbell functions great and the feel is fantastic, but I am very disappointed at how quickly this started to rust, especially when buying a premium Rogue product. I have had a cheap barbell before that I do not recommend, so I was excited to get the better Rogue product. I still recommend a Rogue barbell, but I just recommend getting a better finish than the black oxide.
Helpful?
Yes · 0
No · 0
Cts1221
★★★★★
★★★★★
May 15
Upgrade
I had a used 45lbs Olympic barbell for the past 5 years that came with a cheap weight set. It was shaving metal off and getting stuck in my fingers so it was time to change things. This barbell is quiet, has great grip, and even though 45lbs it feels light because the weight is better distributed. It's expensive but if you need an upgrade this bar is perfect.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 0
No · 0
Underwhelmed Client
Portland, OR
★★★★★
★★★★★
Dec 2023
Poor Packaging
I received my barbell and upon inspection, I noticed a few blemishes in the powder coat. Overall, I'm satisfied with product but I wish Rogue Fitness' Support would take responsibility for the poor handling and/or packaging of their goods. I've opened a case with their Support folks, but haven't heard back. The impression that I got was that this would not be replaced and instead would be "reviewed." This is underwhelming considering the significant investment customers make. I hope that they'll make this right, but am not holding my breath.
Yes, I recommend this product
Damaged Ohio Bar
Helpful?
Yes · 27
No · 10

Response from Rogue Fitness:

Dec 2023
We're sorry to see your bar arrived with damage. Thank you for giving us time to review your situation, and we have a new bar on the way to you now.
Tim13
★★★★★
★★★★★
Jul 2023
Perfect
Have this and the Chan Bar; love them both. Probably use the Chan bar more; but the Ohio bar is just so versatile
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 21
No · 2
Clark garage gym
Fort Mohave, Arizona
★★★★★
★★★★★
Mar 2023
Clark 2nd shipment for garage gym
Didn’t necessarily like the choice of shipping company Rogue contracted. But as far as products/quality of product, still not n point in every way! I will continue to purchase products from Rogue for sure.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 21
No · 0
Hill
Louisville, Kentucky
★★★★★
★★★★★
Feb 2023
Awesome bar!
Last week I received this bar and wow am I impressed. Delivery was fast, packaging was great and the bar looks amazing and is of high quality. I have used many barbells in gyms and previous home gyms, and this is by far the best barbell I have used. If you are looking for a quality bar, this is the one for you. Read a few questionable reviews, but I am very happy with this purchase. Great product from Rouge. Keith
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 21
No · 2
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