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Old 05-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
Eldad Sharon
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CAP barbells

What's the deal with the CAP Barbell 7-foot Olympic Bars? Any opinions reviews ECT ECT ECT?
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: CAP barbells

Pretty bad quality. Wouldn't pay more than $20 for one.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Re: CAP barbells

...But if you can grab one off craigslist for $20, you will for sure get $20 worth of oly bar...
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
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Re: CAP barbells

I got one with a iron plate set. It only weighs 40 lbs. It got bent in like 2 months. After it was bent some of my bumpers wouldn't go on all the way to the collars. I still use it for certain things but only if my Castro bar is already loaded (like a WOD with 2 different weights involved). Their sort of like kleenex IMO....disposable.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Re: CAP barbells

Cheap bars have a good resale value though. I can't tell you how many times I just buy random bars on craigslist for like $20-$40, or I buy an entire set of a bar and iron for cheap. If its a good bar I keep it, if its crap I just re-sell for $50 and make profit and sell off the weights separately always making a good profit.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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Re: CAP barbells

yeah I just bought an Again Faster. Pay one time for a good bar. I think it was the good way to go.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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Re: CAP barbells

CAP barbells run the gamut from downright awful to pretty good, so without the specific model...
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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Re: CAP barbells

Yes, quality does vary quite a bit. I have two, both picked up from Craiglist purchases. It gives me three bars, so I can do circuits without wasting time changing weights. They are both pretty thick compared to my better Olympic bar, but they are useful for the slow lifts. The oldest one I have was left out in the Florida weather for over a year and was rusted pretty badly. I used JB Blaster to aid in taking it apart. I wire brushed most of the rust off, then I soaked in in phosphoric acid for a week. I hit it with the wire brush again and all of the rust (what was left) came off very easily. I painted it with flat black rustoleum designed for metal. I know many would scoff at putting in such work for a crappy bar, but it has become my favorite squat bar. It is more solidly made than the other such barbells I've had. I wouldn't have wasted my time it is had been one of the others.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:17 PM   #9
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Re: CAP barbells

CAP makes a bar , the OB-86B, sold by CFF, that is real nice and a great deal for the money. The rule of thumb is if the bars have a hex bolt on the end of the sleeves, it's a piece of garbage. I have yet to see any good bars, from ANY manufacturer, the are any good if they have these bolts on the end. To say that all CAP bars are cr*p , is a general statement and wrong.
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