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Hu_Flung_Pu
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Barbell advice
I currently have a CAP ob-86pbck and like it so far but wanna upgrade in a few months. I went to my snap to see if I liked some of the bars but nothing was note worthy. I then went back to MS for the weekend and tried out my old school gym and they have a rogue Castro, Texas power bar, and Ivanko bar.

I like to deadlift the most out of the big three and don't do a lot of Oly lifts although I would want to do some later on. I like the bare steel of the Castro but the knurling is weak. I love the knurling of the TPB but my favorite is the Ivanko lol.

I like the thinner bars for grip. I'm just kind of rambling but really what I want is to know the best general use bar for all until I wanna do specialty bars.

Thinner bar
Semi to aggressive knurling
Enough smooth area for deads in the center
Decent whip for deads and Oly but not too much for bench and squat....

Maybe the rogue Chan bar?

Btw my wife liked the TPB and Ivanko knurling over the Castro.
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gizmoflak
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I've never put half of that much thought into a weightlifting bar as you did in your post. Do I even lift?


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Haha that's the case with everything I own


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jennyjones
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The okie and texas deadlift bars are awesome. If you ever start using one, you will not want to ever go back to using a regular bar.

The extra whip/ flex in the bottom position makes a huge difference.


Edit: Rogue's version is called the "ohio deadlift bar", but same idea. good video in the below link
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Hu_Flung_Pu
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I'm concerned about getting a deadlift bar because of too much whip for squats and bench.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Just looked at Vulcan bars. They look pretty good.

My tops are
Rogue OPB 29mm and agreessive knurl bare steel option
Capps TPB 28.5mm aggressive knurl zinc finish
Vulcan elite 29mm and aggressive

I think though that I wanted around the 28.5 with aggressive knurl and no center knurl. That way I can do oly lifts later with no center knurl but put some athletic tape on for squats.

Thoughts?
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jennyjones
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quote:

Barbell advice I'm concerned about getting a deadlift bar because of too much whip for squats and bench.


Gotcha, I was gonna by you saying you mostly deadlifted.

Seriously, for deadlifts they are freaking awesome


You definitely wouldn't want a deadlift bar on squats or bench if you are using any decent weight (which I'm pretty sure you would be)


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jennyjones
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quote:

Just looked at Vulcan bars. They look pretty good. My tops are Rogue OPB 29mm and agreessive knurl bare steel option Capps TPB 28.5mm aggressive knurl zinc finish Vulcan elite 29mm and aggressive I think though that I wanted around the 28.5 with aggressive knurl and no center knurl. That way I can do oly lifts later with no center knurl but put some athletic tape on for squats. Thoughts?



I would vote for the Rogue OPB. Very nice bar.









Then save up some money and buy yourself the Ohio deadlift bar for Christmas


Hu_Flung_Pu
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I'll probably do something like that.


tke_swamprat
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I have a bar from Wright. it's pretty damn nice.


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lsu777
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Top would be
Ohio bar in stainless
Ohio power bar
Texas power bar
Reps fitness stainless power bar(keep in mind not use this for heavy lifts as it was not heat treated properly that's why it's only 139)

For speciality bars,
Rogue deadlift
Rogue or ivanko ez curl
Black widow or rogue for Swiss/football bars
Iron Wolfe squat bar if you can wait for production to restart
Crepnsek ssb bar<--by far best ssb


Black widow training gear has many great things for home gym, as does rogue and edge fitness and efs.

Honestly you should spend time on the BB.com equipment forum. Best forum on the net for discussing equipment


Hu_Flung_Pu
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I would love that Ohio bar in stainless but the knurling is too weak for me. I might go with the OPB in bare. I'm not sure how the maintenance will be though.


lsu777
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I have the Ohio in bare but they quit making it. Also have Texas power bar, the Ohio bar knurling is not as deep but much more grippy and I much prefer it for deads.

Hard to explain buts it feels like the Ohio bar is sharper but much closer and not as deep. Tob is more dull but really deep.


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I'd go with the oldest known and most durable bar you can find.

Rogue makes tons but really how long have they been in the game? No one really knows how long they'll last.

I've seen 30 year old ivanko bars spin like they're brand new. Also depends how well you maintain them.


Rossberg02
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Also be carful buying Texas bars. There's a bunch of knock offs.

I think elitefts still sells the real deal.


lsu777
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Well yea you should go with a nice York or ivanko if you can find it but chances are you aren't and brand new the ivanko bars are stupid priced.

And yea on the Texas bars you want the buddy Capps Texas power bar, no other version.

But rogues bar are going to last that long also. The materials and techniques are the same ivanko uses and why their bars stick out. Rogues construction is better than Texas bars and the Texas power bar is considered the standard not ivankos.

Also American barbell makes a pretty bad arse stainless bar.


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BAMBAM
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I have the Vulcan standard bar which is the one they recommended for mixed use. I like it just fine for everything I've used it for. Bench squat shrugs deadlifts overhead presses etc

I haven't done any Olympic lifts with it which it would probably spin enough for what I need it to do but a seasoned hard core power lifter would probably want a specific bar for that

I don't know if the knurling is as aggressive as you want though. I like it because it's not too tuff but still grippy.

Im always one to steer a little away from the norm for something a little different and everything you read these days is rogue rogue rogue


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Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: Barbell advice
quote:

have the Ohio in bare but they quit making it


That's pretty much a Castro then.


lsu777
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Pretty much, little different knurling though. You should also look at American barbell's selection of bars. Very good bars overall.

Honestly with the type of lifting you do, a raw shaft or stainless would be better just for feel. Raw requires upkeep though in Louisiana


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Purchased the Ohio Power Bar in Bare Steel. I'm excited about it.


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