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The Ohio Bar

The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
$282.00
Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
The Ohio Bar - Black on Black Zinc
$282.00
Black Zinc Shaft and Sleeves.
The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide
$295.00

Black Oxide Shaft and Sleeves

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 Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.40"
Sleeve Coating Varies
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 Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.40"
Sleeve Coating Varies
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*
Made In USA Yes

How It’s Built

From the 190,000 PSI steel to the distinctive dual knurl marks and four separate coating options, every detail of the Ohio Bar is held to the absolute highest standard—as you can see in the step-by-step process below.

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  • 1New 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 post any black oxide, zinc or chrome finish.

  • 2Machining

    Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar.

    To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar.

  • 3Fit and Finish

    The Ohio Bar is available with 4 different finishes. Each finish offers a different level of oxidization protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl.

    Black Oxide is a mild oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a naked bar.

    Bright Zinc and Black Zinc is a medium oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment requires minimal maintenance and is used on The Rogue and Bella Bars.

    Stainless Steel is a bar with no plating, so the knurl on the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes. It’s similar to the knurl feel from a bare steel shaft, but with better corrosion resistance.
    Click here to view and purchase the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar.

  • 4Assembly

    The Ohio Bar is assembled with bronze bushings which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell.

    Each bar will come with an Ohio Bar card that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built the bar.

  • 5Performance

    This bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters.

  • 6Fast Rogue Shipping

    Rogue prides itself on fast, professional shipping. If your bar is ordered by 3PM EST Monday-Friday, it will ship same day. Your bar will be packaged safely and ship fast. You can follow the progress of your order using the Rogue Shipping Tracker.

Each Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a lifetime guarantee against bending*.

The bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen-- from basic high school or collegiate strength training programs to intense Crossfit workouts.

Ohio Bar Coating Options You can select one of the following available coatings from the sidebar:

  • Standard Black Oxide Treatment
  • Black Zinc Plating with Bright Zinc Sleeves - Same zinc combination as the Rogue Bar
  • Black Zinc Plating with Black Zinc Sleeves – Murdered out
  • Stainless Steel Shaft with Chrome Sleeves – Click here to view and purchase the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar.
  • Cerakote Shaft and Sleeves – Click here to view and purchase the Cerakote Ohio Bar.

See Also: The Rogue Barbell Cleaning Kit

Whichever coating you choose, Rogue has provided some helpful tips for long term Bar Care & Maintenance.

*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.

The Ohio Bar is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 138.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to bar This has never been in our storage rack since it's used daily. Went with black oxide and love the look and feel.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first and last barbell This was my first barbell purchase and I had no idea what bar to get. After hours of searching sites and reading reviews everything lead me to getting a Rogue bar. I was already getting the RML-490C rack so might as well just get a Rogue bar with it. Wow so many options, now im confused what to get. Asked a crossfit buddy which bar to get (I do not do crossfit). He said stop looking, get the ohio bar. 282 bucks? Ouch. Was more than I was hoping to spend. Oh wait a lifetime warranty for bending? Deal. I purchased the black zinc with bright zinc sleeves about a month ago and so far so good. I really wanted the black on black murdered out look but after reading reviews about easily chipping sleeves I got the bright zinc. After a month it has held up very well. Well worth the investment. The knurling is perfect. Great grip but doesnt tear up my hands or my wifes hands. Great multipurpose bar for all lifts. I take care of my stuff so this bar will last me as long as I need it. If something happens I know Rogue will make it right. Their customer service is top notch. I ended up getting the curl bar later on which also has bright zinc sleeves so now they are a matching set. Very happy with my purchase. Well worth the money.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey, but worth it. You'd think that something as simple as a barbell wouldn't change much across price ranges, but it does. I bought one as part of a package with bumper weights. New out of the box, the knurling is enough to make for sure grips, but not enough to turn your hands to hamburger. The black oxide finish looks sharp, but seems to scratch easily where the weights go. That's not that big of a deal- it just looks a little more weathered, and shows you actually use the bar. Overall, it's a well-made piece of equipment.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge improvement over store brands I got a weight bar and plates from a generic big box store and used it for about a year before it strated to fall apart. I did a ton of research before settling on this bar and I feel that I made the right choice 100%. The difference between this and a 31+mm bar is incredible. The grip is amazing. And it feels so solid when you lower a deadlift or row. Buy one, it's worth it.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible bar - pull the trigger and get one I learned early on that I am not a gym person. Over the past couple of years I have built my own. I started with cheap barbells from local sporting good stores and I have literally broken them. Keep in mind, I am 5 foot 6 and weigh 170 pounds - I'm not that big. I've been eyeballing This Bar for a while now and honestly just didn't want to pay that much for a bar. Finally, I pulled the trigger. This Bar is better than any bar I have ever used. The knurling is absolutely spot-on, the bar itself is comfortable in your hands, and you don't feel like you're going to break it or like you're going to have to worry about being easy on the bar while deadlifting or using a heavier weight. If you were in a similar position and have used cheaper bars and aren't sure if you should pay more for a rogue bar, I would say just do it. This is not a purchase I am ever going to regret. I am incredibly pleased with this bar and I'm very happy to say that Rogue has absolute blown my mind with this bar. I don't think I'll be buying any more cheap workout gear - Rogue has just earned my business for life.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bar This is my first bar, and I'm happy to say that is was a wise purchase. Everything about this product says professional. It looks great, feels great, and works beautifully with the Rogue 6-Shooter Urethane Olympic Grip Plates I purchased separately. Not only great performance, but a nice "black ops" aesthetic appeal, to boot. Very cool.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Barbell My first barbell from rogue and i love it. I'm sooo happy..... :D Perfect spin, super knurling, GREAT !!! The support was really helpful ! Thanks :)
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Square deal I've had this bar for about a month so here are my honest thoughts. This is my first barbell purchase and I don't regret it. knurling is a little soft in my opinion for powerlifting purposes and just right for volume work. It's a solid bar for squats dispite no center knurl it stays put. I mainly do the power lifts and it suites me well, some chalk on heavy singles, doubles, and triples solves all knurling issues. Only cosmetic complaint is the sleeve paint wears down quick, I would honesty like bare sleeves. I was expecting this and it doesn't bother me as much as it seems to others that have written reviews. My only suggestion is for rogue to offer a custom barbell option when purchasing bars as I couldn't get exactly what I wanted (heavy knurling, dual marks as I want to do so Olympic lifts down the road, center knurling for a solid feel when squatting). I know this would be costly to make and take out of the production efficiency but I feel it would be a solid niche in the industry.
Date published: 2017-01-21
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