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Rogue Olympic WL Bar

Rogue Olympic WL Bar - Bright Zinc
$495.00
Rogue Olympic WL Bar w/ Center Knurl - Bright Zinc
$495.00

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Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Olympic Weightlifting
Bar Weight 20KG
Diameter 28MM
Knurl Olympic
Center Knurl Varies by Barbell
Knurl Marks Olympic
Shaft Coating Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.25"
Sleeve Coating Varies
Bushing/Bearing Bearing
F Rating™ F6-R
Tensile Strength 215,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*
Made In USA Yes

Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Olympic Weightlifting
Bar Weight 20KG
Diameter 28MM
Knurl Olympic
Center Knurl Varies by Barbell
Knurl Marks Olympic
Shaft Coating Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.25"
Sleeve Coating Varies
Bushing/Bearing Bearing
F Rating™ F6-R
Tensile Strength 215,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*
Made In USA Yes

Rogue 28MM Olympic WL Bar

Combining a new 215K PSI steel shaft with quality needle bearings and friction-welded sleeves, this latest version of the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar ranks among the best in the industry for feel, durability, and performance. Each 20KG bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, and includes an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that's precision-cut for a firm grip without the sharpness or abrasiveness of many import bars.

We currently offer the Oly WL Bar in a Bright Zinc finish. Other versions of the Olympic bar include a stainless steel version, a cerakote version, and a 15KG women’s version.

See More: Men’s 20KG Barbells Available from Rogue

Additional Specifications:

  • Made in the USA
  • 28MM Men’s Olympic Bearing Bar (International Weightlifting Federation standards)
  • 215K PSI tensile strength steel shaft
  • Friction Welded Sleeves, 16.25” loadable sleeve length
  • 5 Needle Bearings per sleeve
  • Olympic Knurl Marks (no center knurl) in non-aggressive pattern
  • Stainless Steel Blue Endcaps with Rogue branding

F Scale™
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.

Oxidation Rate
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.

Key Features of the Rogue Olympic WL Bar

  • 1215,000 PSI Tensile Strength

    Our Men’s Oly Bar is made exclusively from high-grade steel, producing a shaft with a minimum tensile strength of 215,000 PSI. Each shaft is ground and polished prior to machining (to ensure a smooth finish), and individually tested and straightened to within 0.015” (0.38mm). The goal is to create just the right amount of “whip” or “flex” needed for competitive Olympic lifting.

  • 2Friction Welded Sleeves + Needle Bearings

    Using a process from the worlds of aviation and automotive manufacturing, the sleeves on the Rogue Olympic Weightlifting Bar are friction welded—creating a superior, forged-quality bond. This method is more precise than most joining techniques and helps prevent any changes in the integrity of the sleeve. Combined with 10 sets of top-quality needle bearings, the result is a barbell with a smooth, consistent, quieter spin.

  • 3Precision Machining

    Every Oly Bar is machined in Columbus, Ohio, on new Haas machines that are built in the USA. For the Olympic knurl marks, we experimented with several knurling patterns before choosing the full but minimally aggressive texture that top weightlifters responded to best. Rather than relying on visibility alone, each bar is then manually tested to ensure the actual “feel” is up to Rogue standards.

  • 4A New Addition to Your Rogue Arsenal

    As the leading manufacturer of American-made strength and conditioning equipment, Rogue offers a wide range of Olympic bearing bars and related gear. Along with the standard Men’s Oly WL Bar, we also offer a Stainless Steel Olympic WL Bar, the Euro 28MM Oly Bar (EU Steel and a center knurl), and the Women’s 25MM Oly Bar. You can also combine your bar with quality American-made plates, collars, and secure storage systems .

  • 5Fit and Finish

    The Oly WL Bar is currently available in a Bright Zinc finish. This bar is fitted with a machined stainless steel Rogue end cap, built with precision to finish the bar.

  • 6Fast Rogue Shipping

    We pride ourselves on fast, professional shipping, often with same-day turnaround times. Your bar will be packaged safely and efficiently, and you’ll be able to follow the progress of your order from our factory floor to your door using the online Rogue Shipping Tracker.

Rogue Olympic WL Bar is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bar I bought the red version. I really like the feel of the knurling with Cerakote compared to the bright zinc version. The spin on the bar is exceptional. The bar is a little noisy but that isn't a complaint. I do, however, wish this bar had a center knurl though; so Rogue please add the option for center knurl on the Cerakote versions. Overall, I love this bar and use it a lot.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bars look great I purchased these for the warm up area of our first Olympic Weightlifting meet and they were great! Highly recommend. Great feedback from lifters.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely happy with this bar! I ordered the high gloss clear Cerakote version. When it arrived I was very surprised to find mine was the EU version! The build quality on this bar is second to none. Whip, knurling and spin are all excellent. The bar is also significantly quieter when dropped from overhead when compared to my Ohio bar. The high gloss clear Cerakote finish gives it an old school high end look while still benefiting from the increased protection of Cerakote.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fine Barbell I purchased the 200k stainless version for $595 shipped. At that price point, it's a really fine Oly bar. The knurling really has a perfect moderate feel. It's not too sharp, and not too mild. It's very grippy, without being painful in use. It might be just a hair aggressive for high rep workouts, but I wouldn't change anything about it. It's not slick at all, due the raw stainless steel. The spin is VERY fast and smooth. It has two areas that could be improved, IMO. It is not a quiet bar when dropped, and the knurl stops/starts could be cleaned up a bit. The edges feather out slightly. It doesn't effect anything, other than looks, but at this price, it should be cleaned up a bit. Functionally though, this bar is perfect and a joy to use. Note that the stainless version does not have a center knurl, which is fine by me, but some may prefer to have it. Overall, I would highly recommend the bar.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing but greatness! Love this bar!! The cerakote finish is fantastic and the color is an eye catcher. Glad I went with Rogue. There are some other bars out there, but I know that this bar is TOP quality and I would definitely not have been as happy if I had made a different purchase.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great olympic bar that's almost perfect The spin is amazing and the stainless steel knurling feels incredible. My only complaint is cosmetic defects with the edge of the knurling. Half of the edges look like the pictures where the knurling comes to a nice sharp stop, while the other half get gradually more passive. It is a bit of a bummer since my Ohio Power Bar and 2.0 were half the price but didn't have this issue. How this wasn't a boneyard bar is beyond me.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Might be the best I never write reviews, but there’s not much out there on this stainless bar (most of the reviews are just copy pasted from the cheaper versions), and I’m hoping to help some others out. I recently purchased the oly bar in the stainless version, and I’ll hope to update the review as I have more time with it. Out of the box, the bar is flawless. Literally a work of art. The contrast of the stainless against the chrome sleeves is spectacular. Ok, on to more important things. I consider an Eleiko competition bar to be kind of the gold standard, so that is what I’ll compare it to. The spin on this bar is as good or better than the Eleiko. The stainless steel functions great, and I think this is really where this bar makes some separation from the Eleiko. Regarding the whip, I think you need >190kg on a bar for the whip to really make a big difference, and I don’t lift that heavy on my Olympic lifts, so all I’ll say is that the whip seems comparable to the European bars. The tensile strength on this stainless is slightly less (I believe 200k vs 215k on the Eleiko and Rogue Euro model), but I don’t notice a difference, and I’ll be honest, the bar is not going to bend. I assume that something about the stainless caused rogue to need a slightly different formulation, but it seems to be spot on. Ok, here’s why I think this might be the best bar on the market today: the knurl is other-worldly. In a word, it is perfect. The chromed bars are good, some even great. But, I’ve never felt a knurl like this on an Oly bar. It is an absolute joy and better than any chrome lined bar I’ve ever felt. I have a Cerakote Bar from rogue as well, and it is very very good, but it’s not like this. In recap for the Rogue stainless vs Eleiko comp: Spin: draw (maybe slight edge to Rogue). Whip: difficult for this reviewer to comment on, but Eleiko is sort of the standard. Knurl: Rogue stainless by a mile. Just a couple of other thoughts: someone commented on metal flakes on the stainless bars. I saw a few specs here and there sparking in the light when I unpacked the bar. I wiped the bar with a rag and had no trouble with metal in my hands or even metallic dust on my skin when lifting. they either fixed this issue or it was just a bad one, because it hasn’t been an issue for me. The other rogue bars I strongly considered were the Pyrros and the Euro, in that order. I got this bar to use many times a week, and I did not want a center knurl. Many outside reviews comment that the Pyrros center knurl is quite aggressive, despite what rogue will tell you, and that just wouldn’t work for me for every day training. The Euro has great reviews as well. Again, it seems to have a pretty aggressive center knurl, and would probably be a fantastic competition bar. The big issue for me is that it is another chromed oly bar. At only $300 cheaper than an Eleiko comp bar, I honestly would probably just opt for the Eleiko in that price range. What makes me so excited about this bar is the stainless steel, especially the knurl, and I think that sets it apart from anything else available right now and justifies the price. I believe it just might be the best bar available right now (or the Pyrros if you want a center knurled comp bar), and oh yeah, it’s American made.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Let me start off by saying that I love this bar. The knurling is great, but mine was a little bit more passive outside of the olympic marks. I didn't want to deal with returning and receiving a new one, but overall a great buy.
Date published: 2018-02-28
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