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Old 03-09-2011, 06:15 AM   #1
Tyson Weems
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Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

I'm starting a new box in Maine and am looking to outfit it with some barbells that will perform well in both Olympic and power lifting. I've tested a few at local affiliates but haven't gotten a great vibe from any single bar. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Price: <$300
Knurling: not too aggressive
Durability: good
Weight: 20 and 15 kg options
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:31 AM   #2
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

The Rogue Bar was the weapon of choice at the Arnold games and it was excellent. At $262 you'd be hard pressed to do better.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:47 AM   #3
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

I've got a Pendlay HD (not the nexgen brand ...). I've DL'd over 400 with it and dropped 200+ from overhead, decent spin ... still straight as an arrow with a great knurl. all in all a great bar.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

I've tried a couple of Rogue bars and neither of them spun well. Was this an aberration?
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:13 PM   #5
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

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The Rogue Bar was the weapon of choice at the Arnold games and it was excellent. At $262 you'd be hard pressed to do better.
I just ordered 4 of this bars along with 4 Bella Bars. I hope they spin well.
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I just ordered 4 of this bars along with 4 Bella Bars. I hope they spin well.
They do; really good general purpose bars. I mean it's not a needle bearing bar by any stretch, but the Rogue Bar is a really sound choice. Tensile strength is 155K, not sure what the yield strength is.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:51 PM   #7
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

Rogue Bars are great. I oly lift with one and also an eleiko. Only difference I notice is in the knurling, which I prefer the Rogue in. Actually I prefer the Rogue bar over the Eleiko any day, for anything and am about to buy one based on being able to see "the industry standard" next to the Rogue. Just my $0.02.
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Re: Recommendations for Dual-Use Barbells

Wasn't this the exact purpose for which the Burgener & Rippetoe Men's Bar was designed?
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