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Old 03-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

http://www.roguefitness.com/the-ohio-bar.php (WFS)

Rogue just announced their Ohio bar. Did anyone here get one of the test bars that they sent out? If so how did you like it?

I'd love it with a center knurl, but otherwise it looks pretty BA. Plus, being from Columbus I'm very happy that it supports manufacturing jobs in the area.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

Just saw it. That thing looks cool. I'd have probably gotten it if I hadn't just bought a standard Rogue bar a couple months ago.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

Besides the black finish, is there a big difference between the Ohio and the Rogue Bar?
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

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Besides the black finish, is there a big difference between the Ohio and the Rogue Bar?
It's black oxide vs black zinc which have different feels. Watch their video.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

According to specs the tensile strength is different, rogue bar 155k/ohio bar 150k. Video shows a new method for sleeve to be keep on with a washer and snap ring.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

Main differences

1) Ohio Bar has ETD 150 steel which is a more expensive steel type

Both bars have the same 150-155K range on the steel. Varies batch to batch

2) Ohio Bar has a black oxide finish vs Zinc plated Rogue Bar. Gives it more of a bare steel bar feel on the knurl

3) Machining tolerances are tighter on the Ohio Bar

4) The knurl spec is a bit more like the B&R bar

Things that are the same

1) Sleeve design

2) Knurl start stops are in the same location to include no center knurl and dual knurl

3) Warranty

Let me know if you have any other questions

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Old 03-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

I was picking up some bumpers from Rogue this week when they were taking pictures of this bar for the site. I think I will pull the trigger on this bar soon. It feels great in the hands, I think because the knurling feels less aggressive than the standard Rogue bar. The black on black looks really sharp too. I currently use an Ivanko bar that is as stiff as a board but I like the knurling so I am interested on how this one feels in contrast.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:42 AM   #8
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

This bar looks Bad A** and is Definitely on my wish list!!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #9
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

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Main differences

1) Ohio Bar has ETD 150 steel which is a more expensive steel type

Both bars have the same 150-155K range on the steel. Varies batch to batch

2) Ohio Bar has a black oxide finish vs Zinc plated Rogue Bar. Gives it more of a bare steel bar feel on the knurl

3) Machining tolerances are tighter on the Ohio Bar

4) The knurl spec is a bit more like the B&R bar

Things that are the same

1) Sleeve design

2) Knurl start stops are in the same location to include no center knurl and dual knurl

3) Warranty

Let me know if you have any other questions

Thanks,

Bill
This makes this bar better than the original Rogue bar IMO.

The B&R knurl is awesome on the hands. Really good feel and no cheese grader action on the hands. I wish it had a center knurl (b/c you can tape it if the knurl hickeys get old) and that it was 28mm exact (my hands can tell, I swear.) I do love the feel of bare steel. Way better than the chrome on my DHS bar.

It'd be interesting to just set up an a la cart process with bars where you choose all the characteristics and associating dollar amounts, sort of like building a Dell computer. I know it would be expensive, but if you make it a 4 week lead time perhaps that would keeps some of the customization costs down.

There are just so many characteristics at this point. It'd be interesting to see, if I was building a bar, the cost difference between 28 and 28.5 mm, zinc oxide vs. zinc plating, etc.

I just don't know how much savings come from big batches that would make this completely cost-prohibitive.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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Re: The Ohio Bar by Rogue Fitness

Mike

We have a build a bar page now but most of them are represented like the Operator bar http://www.roguefitness.com/build-a-bar.php wfs

I like the idea of revisiting the build a bar page once we have the other variants moving.

From the feedback on facebook looks like we will be making the OLY bar next.

Tons of new bars in the works, takes a while to get the steel but we are on it!

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