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    Which olympic bar should I get?

    http://www.vs-sport.eu/lang-en/grifa...mm-220-cm.html $108 32mm thick

    or

    http://www.vs-sport.eu/bars/1011-wei...mm-220-cm.html $165 It weights only 40lb, not sure about thickness

    I'm not going to do any olympic lifts. Just basic training: squats, deadlifts, bench and so on.
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    Originally Posted by HagenK View Post
    http://www.vs-sport.eu/lang-en/grifa...mm-220-cm.html $108 32mm thick

    or

    http://www.vs-sport.eu/bars/1011-wei...mm-220-cm.html $165 It weights only 40lb, not sure about thickness

    I'm not going to do any olympic lifts. Just basic training: squats, deadlifts, bench and so on.
    They both seem pretty similar to me, they have basically the same measurements, and are similar in weight too, both have knurled handle grips.
    So I think it depends on how much money you have, the general rule people always tell you is "get the best you can afford"
    and the more expensive one seems alittle stronger (rated at 350kg opposed to the cheaper one at 300kg) but are you going to be lifting more than 300kg if your just doing basic training as opposed to olympic training?
    I think if you decide how much you want to spend, and think how much are you going to be lifting, you'll have your answer.
    If I had to pick one for myself i think I'd probably get the slightly cheaper one,partly because it looks only slightly different to me and because I'm saving money for my first car but if I had the money, I guess I'd usually get the more expensive one, hoping that it was better. Im NOT saying more money ALWAYS means better quality, but when I'm unsure I'd follow the money.
    Hope that makes sense.
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    Originally Posted by HagenK View Post
    http://www.vs-sport.eu/lang-en/grifa...mm-220-cm.html $108 32mm thick

    or

    http://www.vs-sport.eu/bars/1011-wei...mm-220-cm.html $165 It weights only 40lb, not sure about thickness

    I'm not going to do any olympic lifts. Just basic training: squats, deadlifts, bench and so on.
    20kg bars are more standard. There's not enough information provided about the second (lighter, more expensive) bar to determine why it weighs less. Unless you learn of some compelling reason to get the second one, you might as well save some money and get the first one.
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    Originally Posted by HagenK View Post
    http://www.vs-sport.eu/lang-en/grifa...mm-220-cm.html $108 32mm thick

    or

    http://www.vs-sport.eu/bars/1011-wei...mm-220-cm.html $165 It weights only 40lb, not sure about thickness

    I'm not going to do any olympic lifts. Just basic training: squats, deadlifts, bench and so on.
    Both of those look like pretty low quality bars.

    Check out this link and scroll all the way down to the bottom, it explains all the features of barbells and how to choose one that will meet your needs.

    You can't tell the strength of a barbell by the weight capacity that is listed, as it varies how they test it from company to company and usually just means it wont snap with that amount of weight.

    The tensile strength of the steel used to make the bar is what determines how strong it really is.

    http://www.adamantbarbell.com/Olympi...mparison-Guide

    For a general purpose cheap barbell I would go with the cap-ob86. It's affordable and decently strong.

    If you want something stronger a couple of other barbells have tensile strengths bbetween 165k and higher.

    A texas power bar has a tensile strength of 185k roughly, to give you an idea. That bar will hold pretty much any weight with ease.
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    what he said ^^

    The second bar might be more expensive because it has bronze bushings and slightly higher weight limit. But both are cheap bars.

    btw, 32mm is thick. sometimes poor steel is compensated with a thick bar.
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    Look at the Cap-ob86 or the jesup bar.

    CapOB86 is $180 +shipping http://www.christiansfitnessfactory....enter-Knurling

    Jesup Bar is $165 + shipping http://www.jesupgym.com/products.php?cid=12
    It surprises me how many people refuse to buy equipment from Elitefts because its too expensive but they will buy equipment from their competitors, then continue to go on EFS website regulary to educate themselves for FREE
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    Originally Posted by 817boy View Post
    Look at the Cap-ob86 or the jesup bar.

    CapOB86 is $180 +shipping http://www.christiansfitnessfactory....enter-Knurling

    Jesup Bar is $165 + shipping http://www.jesupgym.com/products.php?cid=12
    Given that the OP posted links to an EU site, it seems likely that he lives in the EU...

    (Not sure why he listed prices in dollars and weights in pounds though.)
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    hard to say. The first bar picture is not what it says in the specs. You may not really want the first bar either, it's 32 mm thick which can get annoying on deadlifts for example.

    350 kg capacity vs 300, probably meaningless numbers because both steels are crappy.
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