View Full Version : Best Cheap Olympic Barbell

06-06-2010, 09:29 AM
Okay, I have seen threads like this but nothing that helps me out. My current CAP barbell broke (I got it in a 300lb set) and I need a new bar. I would like a 7' 44-45lb bar. I need it cheap though, 70-130 dollars is my range but 150 should be fine if that bar is that much better. I wont be using it for anything more than 400lbs so I dont need a 3000lb super bar, just something that wont break... any help

06-06-2010, 09:35 AM
First of all, what were you doing that you broke a bar?

06-06-2010, 09:42 AM
First of all, what were you doing that you broke a bar?

nothing at all, the two caps that separate the place where you put the weight and where you grab the bar are broken. They wont screw back on. It basically means the weight, if I become unbalanced, could fall down onto my hand or face

06-06-2010, 09:48 AM
This topic comes up several times a day in here. Here's some good current info:


06-06-2010, 09:52 AM
sweet where did you find that

is it a sticky that I just missed

06-06-2010, 09:54 AM
however the problem is, is that these are all pretty expensive for me.... unless that is how cheap they get

06-06-2010, 01:11 PM
however the problem is, is that these are all pretty expensive for me.... unless that is how cheap they get

It's not a sticky; I simply pulled it up from a search of "olympic bar."

$150 is about as cheap as you're going to find new. Maybe you'd do better to just buy another bar like the one you've got, used.

The reason I asked how it got busted was to determine if you were doing any lifts where you had to drop the loaded bar; the cheapies will not hold up to that. If all you're going to do is regular basic lifts (Deads, Squats, Cleans, etc., where you're not dropping the weight) an inexpensive used bar should do.

06-06-2010, 01:43 PM
i've heard many good reviews on the jesup gym power bar. it's supposed to have very aggressive knurling, though- so be expecting that. this bar is another that's "on my list" when i buy a new bar. my list is long, though, and will probably depend on what else is going on when i finally decided to buy one. it is $165 shipped.

anyway, here's a link to their site's barbell page. if anyone is interested, they have the trap bar for $170 shipped again. i know it's been quite a bit cheaper, but this is a decent price for a nice bar.


edit: they've got "blemished" trap bars for $150 shipped.

06-06-2010, 04:15 PM
Have you looked at ebay?

This one should do nicely:http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Body-Solid-7-Foot-Olympic-Barbell-Black-/350348808204?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51926a900c

Or, this one:http://cgi.ebay.com/York-Barbell-New-Economy-7-Foot-Chrome-Olympic-Bar-/180472307287?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a04fcde57

Or, this one:http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Cap-Barbell-6-foot-Olympic-Bar-Chrome-/350343822309?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51921e7be5

This is a great price on a great bar. This has become my primary bar:http://www.ivgstores.com/IVG2/Y/ProductID-106597-.htm