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The Castro Bar

$275.00

Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Made In USA Yes
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Multipurpose
Bar Weight 20KG
Diameter 28.5MM
Knurl Multi
Center Knurl No
Knurl Marks Dual
Shaft Coating Bare Steel
Bar Length 86.77"
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.50"
Sleeve Coating Bare Steel
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
F Rating™ F8-R
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*

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

Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Made In USA Yes
Bar Type Men's Bars
Bar Use Multipurpose
Bar Weight 20KG
Diameter 28.5MM
Knurl Multi
Center Knurl No
Knurl Marks Dual
Shaft Coating Bare Steel
Bar Length 86.77"
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.50"
Sleeve Coating Bare Steel
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
F Rating™ F8-R
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*

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.

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.

*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: 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.

See Also: The Rogue Barbell Cleaning Kit

Specifications:

  • Made in the USA
  • 190 PSI Bare Steel
  • 28.5MM
  • 20KG
  • No Center Knurl
  • Dual knurl marks for Oly and Power lifts
The Castro Bar is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bar at any price! I've noticed there are relatively few reviews of this outstanding bar and I wonder if that indicates this bar isn't purchased very often. Since it's one of the lower priced bars and other lower priced bars have hundreds of reviews, I wonder if the product description that mentions it requires some maintenance to keep from rusting discourages sales. If that's the case let me set the record straight. I've had my Castro bar for over 6 years. I rubbed it down with 3 in 1 Oil when I first received it and twice since although it didn't appear to need it. I haven't rubbed it with oil for about 3 years. I live in Southwest Ohio where the climate is not dry. The bar has been used in my basement the whole time. There's no dehumidifier in the basement and sum pumps often when it rains. I included a picture of the bar that I took today. There isn't any rust. As for performance- the bare steel knurl is great. I get a great secure grip but it doesn't tear up my hands. I do the Olympic lifts so spin is important and I rank this Castro bar's spin as good as the competition bars I lifted on in competition. The bar's diameter is 28.5 mm vs. the top end bars' 28.0 mm diameters but I haven't noticed any difference in grip security and I have relatively small hands. I'm an old guy and I'm the only one that uses the bar so you might conclude that it stood up well because it isn't really used that much or that heavy. The YMCA (I believe it's the biggest Y in the US if not the world) where I often train purchased some Castro bars a number of years ago. They do get put to the test, and they have held up as well as my Castro bar. So, if you have to have a top of the line bar, go for it. But if budget is a concern and you want a durable, essentially no maintenance bar, that's durable and performs as well as a top of the line bar (in my opinion), the Castro bar is an excellent choice.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I hoped for I live in a dry climate, so when it came time to buy a quality bar, I wasn't worried about rusting. I had no real complaints about my previous discount brand bar, but after using it for 3 years, and anticipating getting to even heavier weights, I wanted a bar I could rely on, and one that would last a lifetime. I thought having two bars might be nice -- I could set them up for different lifts and save myself some racking and plate shifting. After using the Castro bar for about three weeks now, I'm starting to reconsider. I can't think of anything I'd rather use the other bar for. I expected a subtle but noticeable difference for the Castro bar. I don't do Olympic lifting, so I figured the improved spin might make little difference, but possibly some. I wasn't prepared for how dramatic the difference really is. The Castro bar screams GRIP! The knurling feels like fine sandpaper, and once I wrap my hands around it, it does not let go. At the same time, because it stays where I put it, it doesn't pull as much on my skin. I feel like I'll be able to grip with heavier weight before I resort to straps. Even the non-knurled polished center section rests on my back with more friction than the phosphate coating of the other bar does. The spin is also like a night and day difference. It was great out of the box, but after I "enhanced" it with a little 3-in-1 oil, I can't imagine a bearing bar being much better. It's comfortable and it gets the job done. Yeah, I really like this bar.
Date published: 2020-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One is living in germany now ***** Pure steel perfect grip a pleasure to use no more bar needed
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect grip and so comfortable! I had a crossfit buddy help me pick out my own barbell so I didn't have to share with others. As a female, the grip was important and of course the look too (which is nice and shiny)! I'm so happy with this bar! The grip is so perfect and so comfortable I don't typically need gloves or chalk. I'm always yelling, "The shiny bar is mine...step back from my bar, please!" LOL!
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Bar! I bought this barbell about a month ago to outfit a decent home gym. It is an excellent bar, I really love the knurling. My only issue with it was that it had some knicks and dings on it, especially on the end caps, and I had pretty high expectations on aesthetics with it being a Rogue bar. But it is perfectly functional and I’m loving training with it!
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bar I'm glad I went with rogue Castro bar, nice whip to it. I would highly recommend this bar
Date published: 2018-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw!!!!! Received this as a birthday gift from my wife and children.....one of the best birthdays ever......matches up nicely with my raw Ohio Power Bar & raw Ohio Deadlift Bar. Now if Rogue could offer the 28mm training bar in the RAW!!!!
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent build quality - perfect knurling Really impressed with Castro bar - bare steel, knurling just right - not too aggressive yet clean and solid grip.
Date published: 2018-03-18
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