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    SSB in 2019...

    What is the best bang for buck SSB in 2019?

    Titan SSB V2 - $200 + Free Shipping
    Edge Fitness SSB - $250
    EliteFTS - $450
    Crepinsek SSB - $368.00

    I've heard people rave about the new Titan Fitness Bar, is that now the best bang for buck?
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    It's the only 1 I've ever tried, but I really like my Edge SSB. It's very well-made, comfortable & balanced.
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    The discussions usually boil down to Elite or crepinsek, so Titan at half the price stands to reason would be best bang for the buck.
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    I have the titan v2 a really nice bar at half the price of the competition.
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    I have the Elite FTS, had it 3 or 4 years now, have absolutely no regrets about spending the money. I love it...but if I was buying one today, with everything I've read, I would go with the Titan and just save some money...but squats are just one of many leg exercises I have available, while some people live to squat.
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    I have three different SSB's in my gym.
    My hands down favorite is the Elite FTS yoke bar/ssb.
    It is more expensive but worth the extra money.
    Ive had it a few years and got it when it went on sale at the time for $299 w/free shipping which was a great deal at the time.
    They do still have sales from time to time probably not that good but better than the standard price.
    I would call them to ask when the next one might be.
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    I've got the EliteFTS and am happy with it outside of its s*itty finish, but I picked it up used for $150 as there was no way I was paying $400+ for it. I haven't used the Titan, but I've heard from a number of lifters that it's (surprisingly) comparable to the EliteFTS. So if I was buying new today, I would give it a shot. FWIW, the EliteFTS will probably be around $300 shipped during their Black Friday sale. I think it was $250 shipped last year.
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    elite fts will always be the best one
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    I've responded to this kind of question before, so here we go again, lol.
    What do you want out of the bar? I feel almost all specialty bars should either help you correct a problem (train a specific portion of a lift harder) or work around a problem (in this case, saving your shoulder health).

    As a balanced bar that you can squat with, I can easily confirm that the elitefts yoke bar is a great bar.
    The pad design is great (The crepinsek looks identical. The Titan looks similar).
    I can't speak to how balanced the Titan or Crepinsek is. A few people here can speak to that comparison, specifically.

    My other SSB (which was an ebay one-off) looks very similar to the Edge Fitness Systems Yoke bar.
    That bar, depending on the orientation, will destroy your upper back. It pulls you forward. You can flip the bar around, so the "proper" orientation is more balanced.

    I keep both as I like the SSB for how balanced & comfortable is it, but keep my one-off as a way to utterly destroy my upper back when training.
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    I love my edge, it feels better balanced than all the other bars. I SSB for big quads and squat strength, not as a good morning substitute, so the balance on the edge is ideal for me
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    Originally Posted by Halfway View Post
    I love my edge, it feels better balanced than all the other bars. I SSB for big quads and squat strength, not as a good morning substitute, so the balance on the edge is ideal for me
    The Edge bar is pretty awesome, didn't like the excessive pull forward on the EliteFTS bar so it's a 'no-go' on that one and the Titan clone for me personally. Edge's bar is the one to buy if you want a more natural feeling squat, so I guess it's more for the people who have shoulder issues and will be using this as a BB squat replacement. Ultimately though I'm with SK on speciality bars, have owned more than my fair share and most of them have been sold shortly after. Case in point the Titan Bison bar, which I bought to spice things up but ultimately I'm not sure how much longer it will last.

    But yes, Titan appears to be the clear winner if you're looking for a budget friendly SSB. Even that Garage Gym guy says it's pretty impressive compared to the Elite.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The Edge bar is pretty awesome, didn't like the excessive pull forward on the EliteFTS bar so it's a 'no-go' on that one and the Titan clone for me personally. Edge's bar is the one to buy if you want a more natural feeling squat, so I guess it's more for the people who have shoulder issues and will be using this as a BB squat replacement. Ultimately though I'm with SK on speciality bars, have owned more than my fair share and most of them have been sold shortly after. Case in point the Titan Bison bar, which I bought to spice things up but ultimately I'm not sure how much longer it will last.

    But yes, Titan appears to be the clear winner if you're looking for a budget friendly SSB. Even that Garage Gym guy says it's pretty impressive compared to the Elite.
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    I haven't tried any others, but I really like my Edge bar. I have shoulder issues and it feels great. Very well balanced. No regrets whatsoever on going with that one.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    I haven't tried any others, but I really like my Edge bar. I have shoulder issues and it feels great. Very well balanced. No regrets whatsoever on going with that one.
    The other nice thing about Edge is that Rick is willing to do custom work and take the pads in a couple inches so that they rest on your traps and not the outside of your shoulders.

    That, and if you are like me and have pointy acromion bones on the top of your shoulders the Edge bar was easy to swap out the padding with something more shoulder friendly. But that's a more strange situation that only seems to apply to my weird anatomy. LOL
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The Edge bar is pretty awesome, didn't like the excessive pull forward on the EliteFTS bar so it's a 'no-go' on that one and the Titan clone for me personally. Edge's bar is the one to buy if you want a more natural feeling squat, so I guess it's more for the people who have shoulder issues and will be using this as a BB squat replacement. Ultimately though I'm with SK on speciality bars, have owned more than my fair share and most of them have been sold shortly after. Case in point the Titan Bison bar, which I bought to spice things up but ultimately I'm not sure how much longer it will last.

    But yes, Titan appears to be the clear winner if you're looking for a budget friendly SSB. Even that Garage Gym guy says it's pretty impressive compared to the Elite.
    You find the elitefts yoke bar to pull you forward? I haven't had that experience, at all. Granted, I've yet to break 400 lb on the bar. (I never train with it in any heavy capacity, but should.)
    My other bar almost requires me to hold the handles to not get folded in half.

    I'd love to get my hands on all of the bars (well, at least 2 more) and test them out for an apples to apples comparison.
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    Originally Posted by Synthetickiller View Post
    You find the elitefts yoke bar to pull you forward?
    Yes, I'm one of the few that didn't like the Elite bar. Compared to the Edge it pulled you forward quite a bit, and where the pads rested was uncomfortable. Super high quality bar though, just not a tool I really need.
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    Originally Posted by Synthetickiller View Post
    I've responded to this kind of question before, so here we go again, lol.
    What do you want out of the bar? I feel almost all specialty bars should either help you correct a problem (train a specific portion of a lift harder) or work around a problem (in this case, saving your shoulder health).

    As a balanced bar that you can squat with, I can easily confirm that the elitefts yoke bar is a great bar.
    The pad design is great (The crepinsek looks identical. The Titan looks similar).
    I can't speak to how balanced the Titan or Crepinsek is. A few people here can speak to that comparison, specifically.

    My other SSB (which was an ebay one-off) looks very similar to the Edge Fitness Systems Yoke bar.
    That bar, depending on the orientation, will destroy your upper back. It pulls you forward. You can flip the bar around, so the "proper" orientation is more balanced.

    I keep both as I like the SSB for how balanced & comfortable is it, but keep my one-off as a way to utterly destroy my upper back when training.
    Good stuff, I've been kicking tires on an SSB for awhile.

    The reason I want one is my shoulders. I have had issues with them for awhile.

    I've always leaned towards getting the Crepinsek but the Titan is apparently almost a direct clone of the EliteFTS for a much cheaper price.

    It honestly seems like a lot of it is personal preference as the Edge bar gets rave views from some people.
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    I have the titan v2, and Im not sure what more someone could want from an ssb. its balanced (no hands needed), comfortable and well made.
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    I have an older model Elite that isn't being made anymore. I like it a lot, and am only doing squats with that bar (I have a back issue which is aggravated by back squats). I like it a lot, but I find that if I don't keep the longer handles on it, the balance changes. I have almost shrugged the bar off my shoulders when I attempted to use it hands-free without the longer handles. I don't squat a lot of weight with it, and I don't find that it dumps my upper body forward in any significant way.

    I have used a Crepinsek bar, which I did feel dumping me forward. I actually liked that bar a lot, and I felt that it did a lot for my upper back. I didn't like not having any sort of handles to hold onto, but I believe that Crepinsek makes handles in a couple of different lengths for an additional cost.

    I think a lot comes down to your purpose for using a SSB, as SK mentions above.
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    Originally Posted by rlundregan View Post
    I have an older model Elite that isn't being made anymore. I like it a lot, and am only doing squats with that bar (I have a back issue which is aggravated by back squats). I like it a lot, but I find that if I don't keep the longer handles on it, the balance changes. I have almost shrugged the bar off my shoulders when I attempted to use it hands-free without the longer handles. I don't squat a lot of weight with it, and I don't find that it dumps my upper body forward in any significant way.

    I have used a Crepinsek bar, which I did feel dumping me forward. I actually liked that bar a lot, and I felt that it did a lot for my upper back. I didn't like not having any sort of handles to hold onto, but I believe that Crepinsek makes handles in a couple of different lengths for an additional cost.

    I think a lot comes down to your purpose for using a SSB, as SK mentions above.
    I think this gets lost, but the original design for the SSB was so it would balance without handles. I use the crepinsek and don't touch it with my hands at all (for squats). Watch Donnie Thompson videos (and the old wsb videos) for examples of this, very heavy.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    I think this gets lost, but the original design for the SSB was so it would balance without handles. I use the crepinsek and don't touch it with my hands at all (for squats). Watch Donnie Thompson videos (and the old wsb videos) for examples of this, very heavy.
    +1 for the Crep. I got mine earlier this year and quickly found the bar balances very nicely, no handles needed.

    FWIW, you can buy handle extensions for it. I did but have yet to put them on the bar.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    I think this gets lost, but the original design for the SSB was so it would balance without handles. I use the crepinsek and don't touch it with my hands at all (for squats). Watch Donnie Thompson videos (and the old wsb videos) for examples of this, very heavy.
    Yep, I've read some great articles about the early days of the SSB, Fred Hatfield brought the SSB into the spotlight, he is reputed to have exclusively used the SSB hands free when preparing for his 1,000lb squat.

    A piece of anecdotal trivia, Fred Hatfield, (Dr Squat) did not invent the SSB, the man who registered the first patent was Jessie Hoagland, a New Jersey shopkeeper and amateur inventor, he didn't even lift.
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    Originally Posted by rlundregan View Post
    I have used a Crepinsek bar, which I did feel dumping me forward. I actually liked that bar a lot, and I felt that it did a lot for my upper back. I didn't like not having any sort of handles to hold onto, but I believe that Crepinsek makes handles in a couple of different lengths for an additional cost.

    I think a lot comes down to your purpose for using a SSB, as SK mentions above.
    The whole point of the SSB is to throw you forward. What makes the Crep unique for development is that it try to take your head off when going heavy, but sits and balances perfectly and doesn't need to be held. I find that newer SSB designs are focused more on pad comfort over function and tend to sit further back and generally are easier to cheat and don't offer as much in terms of upper back and core development by comparison.
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    Originally Posted by DVG93 View Post
    I have the titan v2, and Im not sure what more someone could want from an ssb. its balanced (no hands needed), comfortable and well made.
    Just used it today and couldn't agree more. Great bar.
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    Originally Posted by MGM711 View Post
    The whole point of the SSB is to throw you forward. What makes the Crep unique for development is that it try to take your head off when going heavy, but sits and balances perfectly and doesn't need to be held. I find that newer SSB designs are focused more on pad comfort over function and tend to sit further back and generally are easier to cheat and don't offer as much in terms of upper back and core development by comparison.
    I think you hit the nail on the head with this statement.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    I think this gets lost, but the original design for the SSB was so it would balance without handles. I use the crepinsek and don't touch it with my hands at all (for squats). Watch Donnie Thompson videos (and the old wsb videos) for examples of this, very heavy.
    Found a video I was talking about

    https://youtu.be/nzVx90acWPQ?list=WL&t=209

    actual squat starts at 3:30. That's the original crepinsek bar he's using and you can see how it balances perfectly, no hands. It's how it was designes to be used (hands went on optional rack mounted handles).
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    I’ve been thinking a lot about getting a Crep. I used one for about two years before the home gym thanks to Joe Kenn. Ended up going with the Elite for home, which I love... but I really miss the Crep. I remember it being more humbling.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    Found a video I was talking about

    https://youtu.be/nzVx90acWPQ?list=WL&t=209

    actual squat starts at 3:30. That's the original crepinsek bar he's using and you can see how it balances perfectly, no hands. It's how it was designes to be used (hands went on optional rack mounted handles).
    Back when I was competing, the no-handed SSB with the Crep was about one of the toughest lifts for me...pretty much exposed a lot of my weaknesses all in one shot. BUt that bar made me a lot better!
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