So, I’ve been thinking about getting a black-oxide EZ curl bar lately and I’m having a hard time choosing among the various bars out there. Two points: the choice of black oxide, and the choice of an EZ curl bar. Black oxide certainly has some advantages over bare metal and chrome in some circumstances. For me, it's purely aesthetic. I use an EZ curl bar because of forearm pain when using a straight bar.
I did some research on this site, and also searched the internet for various brands and this is what I came up with:
- Body Solid - Olympic Curl Bar- Black, OB47B. 47”. 18 lbs. MSRP $59
- Cap – Deluxe Black Curl Bar, OBT-57B. 57”. 30mm grip. 800 lbs. capacity Est. $130.
- Cemco - Olympic Black Oxide E-Z Curl Bar, OCB-B. 52”. 25 lbs. 1200 lb. test. 125,000 tensil psi. 100,000 yield psi. Est. $130.
- Fitness Factory (Body Solid) - Black Olympic Curl Bar. 47”. 18 lbs. $69.00 (but available for $49.99 at Amazon).
- Hampton Fitness - International Black Oxide Curl Bar. 49”. 22 lbs. MSRP $160.
- Ivanko – Olympic Black Oxide E-Z Curl Bar with Collars, OBZB-20. 48”. 1 1/6” grip. 20 lbs. 60,000 psi rated. Not recommended for commercial use. Imported. Est. $170.
- Ivanko – Olympic Black Oxide E-Z Curl, OBZ-30. 5’ long. 30 lbs. 30 mm grip. 70,000 psi rated. Imported. Est. $160.
- Ivanko – Olympic Black Oxide E-Z Curl, OBZ-55. 54.5” long. 30.3 lbs. 30 mm grip. 218,000 P.S.I. rated. Recommended for commercial use. Made in USA. Est. $299.
- Ivanko - Black Oxide EZ Curl Bar, OBZ-40. 6 ft long. 35 lbs. 80,000 P.S.I. rated. Should fit within a cage. Imported. Est. $175.
- TKO - Black Olympic Curl Bar. Has company’s “TriGrip” gripping system. 47". 31mm grip. 24 lbs. MSRP $150.
- Troy - Olympic 47 Inch Commercial Olympic Curl Bar – Black, TOZ-47B. 47”. 17.2 lbs. 27mm grip. Est. $90- $150. (May no longer be black oxide, but black paint)
- Troy - Olympic 60 Inch Commercial Olympic Curl Bar – Black, TOZ-60B . 60”. 26 lbs. 30mm grip. Est. 150. (May no longer be black oxide, but black paint)
Even with the narrow range of EZ curl bars, there are objective reasons for selecting one EZ curl bar over another on the list above. Heavier lifts would require a stronger bar. Working within a cage might suggest going with a 6' bar. Those are not factors for me.
My inclination would be to go with the 48" Ivanko, which would appear superior to the Cemco and Troy bars. The reality is that I'm never going heavy and I'm never going to need that level of precision or quality. Is there anything I'm missing with the lower-priced bars that I should consider?
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