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The Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel / Black

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.2
10 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.

The Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel / Black

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.2
10 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.
CA$481.00
Product Description

The latest model of our Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is manufactured to a set of extremely strict tolerances, with several key components carried over from the Rogue Hybrid Power Bar. Machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, this multipurpose 20KG barbell maintains the reliable spin and whip of the original Ohio Bar while delivering a quieter performance and significantly reduced float of the sleeves on the shaft resulting in a solid lifting experience. The updated design also performs better in durability testing, as the stainless steel shaft and Rogue Work Hardening process (RWH) contribute to an elite score of F-10R on the F-Scale

Each Stainless / Black Ohio Bar includes a 200K PSI tensile strength shaft (28.5mm diameter), dual knurl marks for Olympic and Powerlifting, and an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that’s 100% in its original, machined form for an unmatched feel. New, precision-machined bronze bushings fit tighter around the shaft (reducing radial endfloat), and tighter tolerances around the sleeve attachment help to limit axial endfloat resulting in substantial noise reduction.

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The Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel / Black

The latest model of our Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is manufactured to a set of extremely strict tolerances, with several key components carried over from the Rogue Hybrid Power Bar. Machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, this multipurpose 20KG barbell maintains the reliable spin and whip of the original Ohio Bar while delivering a quieter performance and significantly reduced float of the sleeves on the shaft resulting in a solid lifting experience. The updated design also performs better in durability testing, as the stainless steel shaft and Rogue Work Hardening process (RWH) contribute to an elite score of F-10R on the F-Scale

Each Stainless / Black Ohio Bar includes a 200K PSI tensile strength shaft (28.5mm diameter), dual knurl marks for Olympic and Powerlifting, and an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that’s 100% in its original, machined form for an unmatched feel. New, precision-machined bronze bushings fit tighter around the shaft (reducing radial endfloat), and tighter tolerances around the sleeve attachment help to limit axial endfloat resulting in substantial noise reduction.

For the sleeves, our Proprietary Matte Black finish effectively converts the surface of the steel rather than coating it; hardening the sleeve’s surface and making it more resistant to the regular action of plates being added and removed. The sleeves also include a new low-profile surface finish. By using advanced optical profilometry to gauge the sleeve finish, we are able to ensure that the profile of the sleeve is exactly as designed. 

Every version of the Ohio Bar represents more than just the Rogue brand. Its name is a testament to where we work, who we are, and the pride we feel in making the best weightlifting bars on the market.

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Note on Stainless Steel: Barbells made from raw steel are not plated and therefore marks from the machining process may be visible. Stainless steel shafts will show CNC processing marks. These are cosmetic and will not impact the barbell's performance

Gear Specs

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Manufactured in Columbus, OH 
  • Diameter: 28.5MM
  • Weight: 20KG
  • Stainless Steel Shaft
  • Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSI
  • Improved F Rating of  F10-R
  • Proprietary Matte Back Sleeves - Low Profile Finish
  • 16.40" loadable sleeve length
  • Dual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power lifts
  • No Center Knurl 
  • Bronze Bushings for Reliable Spin
  • Axial Float (0.000-0.0005)
  •  Radial Float (0.004-0.0008)
  • Significantly Reduced Noise
  • Rogue branded endcaps
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Gear Specs

BrandRogue Fitness
Guarantee/WarrantyLifetime Warranty *
Made In USAYes
Loadable Sleeve Length16.40"
Bar Length86.75"
Diameter28.5MM
F Rating™F10-R
Bar TypeMen's Bars
Bar UseMultipurpose
Bushing/BearingBushing
Bar Weight20KG
KnurlMulti
Center KnurlNo
Knurl MarkDual
Shaft CoatingNone - Stainless Steel
Sleeve CoatingProprietary Matte Black Finish
Tensile Strength200,000 PSI

KEY FEATURES OF THIS OHIO BAR:

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200,000 PSI Steel + RWH

This high tensile strength steel used in the new Stainless / Black Ohio Bar is manufactured in the USA and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell, producing normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy Powerlifting. This corrosion-resistant stainless steel is also particularly well suited to having its fatigue life increased by our Rogue Work Hardening (RWH) process. With a tested score of F-10R, the Stainless Ohio Bar has one of the highest F-Scale durability ratings of any Rogue barbell with standard-length sleeves.

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Look and Feel of Stainless Steel

With no plating, 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. The combination of a stainless steel shaft and matte black sleeves also creates a sharp look with few equals.

Please Note: Rogue recommends using a synthetic bristle brush, NOT a steel brush, to clean a stainless steel shaft. Steel on stainless steel can contaminate the stainless steel and cause rusting over time. See more tips here: Bar Care & Maintenance.

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Precision Gauging + Tighter Tolerances

Manufactured in Columbus, Ohio, every connection in the new Stainless Ohio Bar has tightened tolerances measuring in the thousandths of an inch. Using advanced optical profilometry as well as custom electronic gauging, we can produce a multipurpose bar that consistently meets our exacting standards. This applies to the knurl and the sleeve profile, as well as the features in the shaft and sleeves that result in the perfect fit when assembling the bars. The result is less axial and radial float of the sleeves and significant noise reduction compared to previous models.

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Proprietary Sleeve Finish

The sleeves of the Stainless Ohio Bar are finished in a new process that transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it. This Proprietary Matte Black finish greatly improves the sleeves’ corrosion resistance, impact resistance, and abrasion resistance. Additionally, the coloring extends below the surface of the steel. Therefore, unlike sleeves treated with surface coatings, these sleeves will maintain their beautiful matte black appearance after extended use.

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Assembly

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, and can produce a smooth, consistent spin not possible with lesser import bars. Each bar comes with an “Ohio Bar Card” that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built it.

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Performance

The multi-purpose Ohio 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.

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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.

*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.

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Reviews

1 - 8 of 10 Reviews
Get wreacked
Redding
★★★★★
★★★★★
May 10
Pure steel. Dont buy if your a %*!@$
This bar will show you who's a lazy piece of cake.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Kimchi_Power
Orange County, California
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 29
Solid bar
Nice looking bar that feels nice in my hands, can't ask for much else! Kind of does a little bit of everything, but not superbly great at any one thing. Should be good enough for whatever kind of barbell activities you're into, SBD, Oly, etc.
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Hairy Squatter
Boston, MA
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 24
Another example why Rogue rules!
This is the 4th Rogue barbell in my home gym, and my first example of Rogue stainless and e-coat. After a month of regular use, I'm impressed by these materials as well as the overall fit and finish of the bar. It is well worth the price. I especially appreciate the knurl for higher rep work versus my Ohio power and deadlift bars.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
The J
Houston, TX
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 24
Not quite what I was hoping for
The good: Stainless bar, fantastic knurling, really solid feel The bad: The matte black sleeves are not smooth so they make it really hard to slide plates on and off. Also, the knurling is beyond my grip zone for deadlifts so I end up gripping the smooth part of the barbell - not at all ideal. Probably will ultimately have to buy a different bar for deadlifts. I'll own this complaint though as I should have researched the dimensions better before purchasing.
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Biggame39
Fresno, Ca
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 20
Awesome bar…not so awesome sleeves in my opinion…
The bar is super high quality and looks fantastic. The one drawback are the sleeves. Our Rogue bumper plates do not slide easily on and off the the black sleeves. When you, your son and his baseball teammates come over to lift regularly, everyone grabs the other stainless Ohio bar we have with chrome sleeves as the plates are easier to load and unload. If this won’t be an issue for you, don’t hesitate to buy this bar.
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Deazy
Mobile, Alabama
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 14
Perfect for a humid climate!
I purchased this to replace my American Barbell cerakote barbell which started to rust only months after receiving it. Stainless is the only option for me. The bar is great!
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Slowrider1
Arizona central highlands.
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 7
Almost too nice to abuse
This bar makes my humble home gym feel like the finest commercial gym.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Stephen D
Kentfield, CA
★★★★★
★★★★★
Dec 2022
Proprietary Black Matte Finish is a Fail
I was excited to get a Rogue Ohio bar and spent the additional money for the stainless steel bar with proprietary black matte sleeves for my home gym. This was the best bar that I could afford. After sliding a 35lb weight plate (Titan grip plate with internal collar) on and off for the first time, I regretted the purchase immediately. The black matte finish was scraped/ scratched the length of the collar and the weight kept catching and didn’t slide off smoothly. I trusted Rogue which says on its website that the proprietary black finish greatly improves the long-term corrosion resistance and color endurance of the bars sleeves as it effectively transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it. I never would have purchased this sleeve option if I knew this is how poorly the product would perform. There are other reviews that speak to the same issues. I strongly suggest that you steer away from the proprietary black matte finish.
Originally posted on roguefitness.com

Response from Rogue Fitness:

Dec 2022
Thank you for your feedback! Wiping your sleeves with a cloth should remove what you are seeing. Our team is reaching out now to dig into this with you.
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