I know, I know there are a million of threads on this topic and I have been reading them over the last week or so. I have narrowed down my choices and I just need help making the final decision. I primarily do the Madcow 5x5 program so it's a majority of powerlifting static movements. I know that ideally the diameters of a bar one would use for a deadlift compared to squat would be different, but I really only want to purchase one bar. Though I haven't done any olympic lifts, I'd still like the option to in the future. I've heard a lot about CrossFit but don't know much about it but that's another topic.
So with 5x5, I would want a bar good for squats, making Center Knurling a must. I'm thinking that 29mm would be a good diameter to still allow a good grip for deadlifts. I obviously want a bar that doesn't have bolts on the end that is a higher quality.
I'm thinking the Troy AOB-1500 seems like the best choice.
I've also looked at the Jesup OPB86M but it seems like the diameter is too thick and the bar is too stiff to be multi purpose.
I hear a lot of people talk about Rogue bars, the Beater bar seems to suffer from the same problems as the Jesup and lacks the center knurling. The economy bar may work but it's not in stock and there is no information about the specifics of the bar. I believe the economy bar was a closeout.
I already have Troy VTX plates so I see the Troy AOB-1500 seems like the best choice. It just seems like $250 for "just a bar" is a lot especially since I weigh like 175 lbs and I'm probably never gonna have more than 350 lbs on the bar.
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