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Old 05-10-2007, 01:57 AM   #11
Paul MacManus
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My Eleiko powerlifting bar with 140kg on was dropped from the bench uprights ( luckily no-one underneath )at a local competition.
It bounced on the bench but didn't bend. still in perfect condition.
I dumped a local Australian olympic bar which I thought was a good quality bar at the gym yesterday with 60kg after it slipped down my back doing seated good mornings, and it bent, not as bad as the picture above but noticeable.
It traveled a smaller distance than the Eleiko and with less than half the weight.
That's the difference between a good bar and a cheap one.
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:05 PM   #12
Pierre Auge
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you'll be happy to hear that we've been kiking the crap out of the dozen bars we bought from you and not a single problem yet. Frankly the only slight thing we noticed is that a couple of the sleeves have an odd oscillation to them due to balancing. But hey they are rock solid and perform great.

I just wish I didn't have to scratch this lifting meet on the 18th because of my shoulder, but I got all gungho messing around a couple of weeks ago and hurt myself. Now its a bust unless I want to make it worse.

Oh well the bars rock!
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:36 PM   #13
Lincoln Brigham
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I've lifted on that very bar that Casey was using. I remember it well - pretty rusted but it's still a sweet bar.

I just noticed the other day that my BFS 30 pound bar has taken on a slight bend. I think it's a rebranded Hampton bar. I've never dropped it across a bench or the like. It's supposed to be the same steel as their 45 pound "Elite" bar, just shorter sleeves to reduce the weight. It's still an okay bar to use, but even new it has never been as nice as my Eleiko training bar.
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:05 PM   #14
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@Mike Gray - I don't think you want to continue to use that bar under any circumstances. Metal bars of those types are not well made and it could fracture on you while under load, something I am pretty sure you would want to avoid.
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:44 PM   #15
Rene Renteria
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Some relevant info from the Ivanko site, w/f s:
"How to Bend an Olympic Bar"
"How to Break an Olympic Bar"

from Ivanko's "Technical" page, here:
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