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Old 12-21-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

We need to get some additional barbells for our box (can you ever have enough?), and I'm looking at the Rogue Beater Bar.

Any experiences/thoughts? We've got a couple of the regular Rogue bars, and they are great, but the Beater is $100 less.

Thanks!

Quick update: Just found this thread, which is helpful:

http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=51547&page=7
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Any further thoughts/experiences?
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

I really don't like the 31mm grip for the O-lifts coupled with the slower turnover of a bar with bushings instead of bearings. I'm sure it's fine for deads and squats and bench.

For my money if I was running short on bars I'd get either the Bella bar or the 10kg bar. The lighter bars get a lot of use, especially for warmups, kids, older folks, women, beginners. Just about every gym has warmups, kids, older folks, women, and beginners. A good bar in a lighter size is also way cheaper than good bumpers in the lighter sizes.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Thanks for the quick reply.

I agree -- we've got a few of the lighter bars for people who need them, but need some more standard bars. After reading all the pages on that thread I referenced in my first post, I'm thinking I'm going to go with the Rogue bar, rather than the Beater. More money, but over the life of the bar I'm sure will be worth it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:20 AM   #4
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Not that this is a factor or not but they are really loud when dropped.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #5
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Why aren't you considering the burner bar if on a budget for a quality bar?
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

The burner bar does looks sweet. We're thinking about that one as well. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:44 AM   #7
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

I got a rogue beater bar on a clearence sale and I must say, it was pretty low quality. The chrome had huge chunks missing and it had a pretty decent amont of rust on it. That being said, it was a decently constructed bar for the price and I believe I got a fair deal on the product for the money. Not a good choice for olympic weightlifting or DL but just fine for squat and bench work.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:41 AM   #8
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Jesse - The only time we have had bars on clearance was a pile of really old bars that we sold for dirt cheap. These bars were a mix of returns and finish mistakes. You got a 31MM Chrome S&D Bar and there are many differences between that and a Beater bar.

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The Beater bar is not the bar of choice for Olympic lifts just as Lincoln would tell you. It is 31MM and pinned ends. The sleeves do spin but not as nicely as a Rogue Bar or a good bearing bar. The bar is designed to fill the gap of someone that wants a bar that won't bend and cannot afford something else. I named it the Beater because it is meant to take a beating, sort of like a good old car.

Hope that helps

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Old 12-22-2010, 09:50 AM   #9
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Its interesting that the clearance bars were a mix of bars. Maybe mine wasn't in the same group, but I got some sort of economy bar from Rogue that was on the sale page for a long time and couldn't be happier with it. Its a 28.5mm bar with a black finish and a nice soft knurl. I use it more than my B&R bar for things like deadlifts, power cleans and benches.
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Re: Thoughts on the Rogue Beater Bar?

Brian:

That is the Econ bar, made with same steel as in Beater but with bronze bushings/snap ring.
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