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The Ohio Bar

The Ohio Bar - Black Zinc w/ Bright Zinc
$285.00
The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide
$295.00

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 Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.40"
Sleeve Coating Varies
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
F Rating™ F8-R
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*

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 Varies
Loadable Sleeve Length 16.40"
Sleeve Coating Varies
Bushing/Bearing Bushing
F Rating™ F8-R
Tensile Strength 190,000 PSI
Guarantee/Warranty Lifetime Warranty*

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.

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

    The Ohio Bar is also available in Stainless Steel & an advanced ceramic-based coating called Cerakote.

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

The Ohio Bar is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 354.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent bar I got my Ohio bar one month ago and I’ve been using it every other day, for bench press and squat/deadlifts. Great quality. Perfect for my garage gym. Only thing: black zinc gets scratched easily with normal use, so I’d rather get it all silver.
Date published: 2020-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bar I’ve ever used. I bought this bar last month and it’s by far the best bar I’ve ever used. I own the Rogue Echo bar and it’s good but this is better
Date published: 2020-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bar! I love my new bar. It works out great for everything I do. Very versatile and holds up to everything! I used to think that a bar was a bar. My friend talked me into getting a Rogue and I couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing We bought this bar and after a few months we slowly realized there were black particles all over the floor and walls. Your hands would turn black if you touch the ends of the bar. There are ridges on the ends of the bar, that are supposed to keep the plates on the bar, but are defective in that they act like sandpaper and destroy the inside collars of the plates (they removed the black finish from our new Olympic plates). I would not recommend this bar. We spoke to customer service and they blamed everything but the bar itself. We are very disappointed that Rogue would not stand behind their product. We have been very happy with all of our other Rogue purchases in the past, but are hesitant to do business in the future with this company.
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Bar I bought this about a year ago and it's incredible. Great grip. Great feel. Tough. Get it.
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bar! I bought this bar for my husband as a replacement for one that came with his first bench set years ago. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! You can definitely feel quality when lifting this bar. Very solid, sturdy, and an awesome grip - no slipping possible on this!
Date published: 2019-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bar I needed a new bar and I love the quality and the design
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bar! I had a cheap bar that came with a set from my local fitness superstore. Total junk. Love the black zinc coating on the new Ohico bar and the bar has great grip. I'm hooked on Rogue equipment and I will be ordering more.
Date published: 2019-12-29
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