Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.5
15 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam

Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.5
15 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam
CA$1,105.00
Product Description

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

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Kabuki Transformer Bar

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:


Adjustable Angle 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:

1. Hip Hinge: Good Mornings and teaching hinge patterning
2. Back Squat: Low Bar
3. Back Squat: High Bar
4. SSB: For using like a traditional Safety Squat Bar
5. Front Squat: Load Counterbalancing similar to a standard front squat
6. Goblet Squat: In style of a kettlebell goblet squat

Adjustable Difficulty 

In any of those angle positions, the user can additionally adjust the “difficulty” setting of the lift via a second mechanism, which offers (4) different placement options for the weight sleeve (i.e., the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back).

  • Easier: Sleeve at Top of Bracket
  • Easy: Sleeve at Second Position from Top
  • Hard: Sleeve at Third Position from Top
  • Harder: Sleeve at Bottom Position

In total, the Transformer Bar creates 24 different setting combinations, giving large and small gyms alike an extremely versatile tool for changing loading and movement dynamics–whether for a full team of athletes or the evolving regimens of a select few. Once a setting is selected, the bar's longer handles and proprietary bend provide a balanced "center" that allows the lifter to comfortably focus on their form.

Note: The short and standard length handles options are included. 

Gear Specs

Specifications:

  • Manufactured by Rogue in Columbus, Ohio
  • Developed by Kabuki Strength
  • Adjustable, Multi-Functional Safety Squat Bar
  • Patent Pending
  • 24 Different Squat Variation Combinations (6 camber angle points + 3 sleeve slots)
  • Short and Standard Length Handle Options Included
  • Unloaded Weight: 25KG / approx. 55 LBS
  • Load Capacity: 1,500 LBS
  • Handles: Stainless Steel, 1.15” diameter, spaced 12”
  • Olympic Sleeves: Machined grooves, Proprietary Matte Black finish, 15.75” loadable length
  • Distance Between Brackets: 54”
  • Black Powdercoated Center Bar
  • High Density Foam Pads (Imported Foam)
  • Ships Fully Assembled
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Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar
Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar

Gear Specs

BrandKabuki Strength
ColorBlack
Made In USAYes, with Imported Foam
Other Product SpecsDistance Between Brackets: 54”
Distance Between Handles: 12"
Loadable Sleeve Length15.75”
Bar Length91.25"
Bar UseSpecialty
Bar Weight25KG
Sleeve CoatingProprietary Matte Black Finish

Key Features Kabuki Transformer Bar

Made in the USA By Rogue
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Made in the USA By Rogue

The fully adjustable Transformer Bar from Kabuki Strength has been put to use in thousands of training facilities, from home gyms and rehab training centers to the pro and college ranks. Now, the latest edition of this unique specialty squat bar has moved its production to the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, where we’ve been able to adapt the established model with several new upgrades and refinements. Each bar weighs 25KG (approx 55LB) unloaded, with 15.75” of loadable sleeve length and a load capacity of 1,500 LBS. The stainless steel knurled handles are spaced 12” apart and measure 1.15” in diameter, and the machined Olympic sleeves include precision grooves, designed to work with any standard Oly collars.

6 Fixed Squat Position Settings
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6 Fixed Squat Position Settings

The simple pop-pin mechanism of the Transformer Bar can be easily set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance. Each setting replicates a common squat movement pattern, including the Hip Hinge, Low Bar Back Squat, High Bar Back Squat, Safety Squat Bar, Front Squat, and Goblet Squat.

4 Difficulty Settings
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4 Difficulty Settings

Along with selecting the camber angle of the bar, users can also choose the positioning of the weight sleeve within a second bracket. This adjustment determines the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back, automatically increasing or decreasing the difficulty of the lift. The four options range from “Easier” (at the top of the bracket) to “Harder” (at the bottom), and the Rogue version comes with a new detent pin to help lock the sleeve into place. With 24 total setting combinations, the Transformer Bar is a particularly versatile training tool, whether for a seasoned lifter honing their form or a novice learning the movements.

New Proprietary Matte Black Finish
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New Proprietary Matte Black Finish

The Rogue version of the Kabuki Transformer Bar also introduces a new PMB finish on both brackets, as well as laser-etched markings to note the sleeve and pin position settings. Our Proprietary Matte Black finish utilizes a process that effectively transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it, greatly increasing the brackets’ long-term corrosion resistance and color endurance.

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Reviews

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Tom C
★★★★★
★★★★★
1 week ago
Old, Broken, Love squats but have pains? Read me.
I'm not normally a reviewer of things I purchase but there are two things that stand out in my experience that I *need* to write about. First, my purchase experience with Rogue was outstanding. The service chat experience was super helpful and made me feel heard - that helped make my purchasing decision easy on an expensive item. Second, (Yeah, for sure) the Transformer bar is not a cheap barbell but it allows me to front squat without wrist pain, back squat with better upright posture (mitigating low back pain), and do good mornings (which further increases my low back strength and health). There are few items in my home gym that I feel like "oh, gosh, why didn't I buy that sooner!" and this is definitely one of them (the other one that comes to mind are adjustable dumbbells and a FID bench). If you're on the fence and you have similar limitations as I described above... I highly recommend it.
Yes, I recommend this product
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6542
★★★★★
★★★★★
1 week ago
Amazing bar, but prefer the Kabuki made version
The bar is excellent, although now having tried the one manufactured by Kabuki I prefer it to the rogue. Aesthetically the Rogue bar looks sharper (all black finish, metal accents), but the black paint wears quickly. More importantly, the way you adjust the difficulty is a lot more awkward on the Rogue - first removing a set pin then pulling the bar through towards the rack (inevitably colliding with it, meaning you need to lift the bar off the rack). The latest Kabuki made bar, by comparison, can be adjusted by simply twisting the bar and pulling them out, a much simpler process. Once Rogue picks up that design they'd go back to 5 stars.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Canada Jack
Canada
★★★★★
★★★★★
4 weeks ago
Great product
Excellent versatility. The balance point significantly changes with each setting and lets you try different variations well. Helps with my shoulder pain. only complaint is that the long handles are too long… and then the short handles don’t let you then get much knurling. Built solid though would recommend
Yes, I recommend this product
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Jonsned
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 15
Awesome
I love it it’s amazing how moving the weights a little makes a big difference
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Bibendum
Alabama
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Metal peels off easily
Overall, the function is great. However, when used in conjunction with a pair of metal J cups such as the Ghost roller setup, the metal flakes off almost immediately.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com

Response from Rogue Fitness:

Oct 2023
Thanks for raising this to our attention! Metal on metal contact can lead to this, but with how new your bar is, our team would like to evaluate this further. We will be reaching out.
Slim gym
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Excellent Product
Excellent product, solid build, and worth the price!! If you have shoulder pain while performing back and front squats, this is what you need without a doubt! The only disadvantage is with storage if you have a small space to work in. The barbell is awkward to store with its design, but by no means a deal breaker. The positives far outweigh the negatives! Just buy it!!
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
AllTypos
Bay Area
★★★★★
★★★★★
Oct 2023
Absolutely love this bar
Absolutely love this bar. Being able to do all these squat variations without being worried or limited by my lack of shoulder or wrist mobility is fantastic. The hinge setting is also great for good morning. New shorter handles by Rogue are great. 2 things can be improved: 1) the tolerances in a 49” rogue rack are tight. I’ve hit the pop pins into the jcups and I fear they may break. 2) IMO the difficulty setting is gimmicky and I never change it. If I want to make the exercise harder I can use load or bands. I’d rather not have this feature, have less moving parts on the bar and a tighter assembled product.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
AlthePal
Vancouver, BC, Canada
★★★★★
★★★★★
Sep 2023
Perfected!
I tested this bar upon receipt, having researched it as much as can. The tolerances on the sleeves are ideal. In fact, the bar itself, pads, welds, etc. are perfect and there is nothing I can provide that diminished the fact that this to me is the ideal version of the transformer bar in its current iteration. Really well done Rogue, and thank you for the excellent quality control!
Yes, I recommend this product
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