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    Which Rogue barbell for 1 bar only gym?

    I prefer 28.5mm and only want the entire bar in silver. So I narrowed down to these 3 contenders for BB compound lifts (bench, back squat, DL, OHP, BB Row):

    1) Echo Bar 2.0 $205
    2) Castro Bar $275
    3) Ohio Bar SS $350

    I'll be maxing out at 3 plates. Am I wasting money by going for the latter 2 more expensive bars?
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    First choice would be the B & R bar .

    Second choice would be the Chan bar.
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    does it have to be Rogue?

    What lifts are you preforming?

    Do you want a bar with center knurl?

    Is spin important to you and the lifts you wish to perform?

    Just because your at 3 plates now doesn't mean you won't be lifting more in the future.

    While I understand the aesthetics of what you want there are other bars that are arguably better for all around bar use.

    Ok I was gonna suggest Chan bar because of at least some center knurl but crap thats only available in cerakote and well above your price options.
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    Pick out which one you think is prettiest.

    You’ve built an amazing back by only moving three plates.
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    Originally Posted by lsi1 View Post
    does it have to be Rogue?

    What lifts are you preforming?

    Do you want a bar with center knurl?

    Is spin important to you and the lifts you wish to perform?

    Just because your at 3 plates now doesn't mean you won't be lifting more in the future.

    While I understand the aesthetics of what you want there are other bars that are arguably better for all around bar use.

    Ok I was gonna suggest Chan bar because of at least some center knurl but crap thats only available in cerakote and well above your price options.
    Prefer Rogue for easier resell in case I need to move on a dime.

    I want a classic looking bar. I'll be doing the big BB compound lifts (bench, back squat, DL, OHP, BB Row, T bar row) in a controlled manner so spin is not important. I don't want center knurl for OHP.
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    Originally Posted by keyboardworkout View Post
    First choice would be the B & R bar .

    Second choice would be the Chan bar.
    Both of these have central knurl which I don't want.
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    I got a Castro 1.0 bar. I use it the most because there's no coating to damage (zinc, magn ceracote, exct..). If price no object go with that SS Ohio bar.
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    Originally Posted by greenleaf View Post
    Both of these have central knurl which I don't want.
    The Chan bar has very light center knurl.

    How are you hitting your face with the knurling while doing OHP?
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    If centre knurling isn't required, the Ohio SS would be my pick.

    If you propose to have a 1 bar set up, then don't continue to log into this forum.

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    If you propose to have a 1 bar set up, then don't continue to log into this forum.

    Yes, I always thought this forum had a 3 bar minimum
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    Originally Posted by daniel327 View Post
    Yes, I always thought this forum had a 3 bar minimum
    Damn bros. I only have an Ivanko OBX-20kg and a York B&R right now.

    I feel so inadequate.
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    Originally Posted by keyboardworkout View Post
    Damn bros. I only have an Ivanko OBX-20kg and a York B&R right now.

    I feel so inadequate.
    Only 2 bars,!, what do you keep on the walls?.
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    I got the echo bar 2.0 and love it. I had to send back the first one they sent me because the knurling was about 1/4” off center, but the second one they sent was perfect. I love the sleeve length (16+ inches) because I like to use bumper plates. Can load up 5 bumper plates with collar locks no problem.
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    Originally Posted by keyboardworkout View Post
    First choice would be the B & R bar .

    Second choice would be the Chan bar.
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    B&R 2.0 is my favorite bar.
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    If limited to one bar then it will get used alot and will wear. I'd say just pick one without coating especially if you ocd about the way it looks.
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    Originally Posted by daniel327 View Post
    Yes, I always thought this forum had a 3 bar minimum
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    Only 2 bars,!, what do you keep on the walls?.
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    I haven't used the Echo or Castro bars but I have an Ohio bar and it makes a good multi-purpose bar.
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    Ohio or Chan. I've owned both. I own the SS Ohio right now (as well as SS Ohio Power) and really like it.

    Bare steel bars don't do too well where I am (SE PA), so I can't recommend a Castro or any other bare steel bar.
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    The Rogue Echo Bar 2.0 is now $185 for the Black November Sale.
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    Only 2 bars,!, what do you keep on the walls?.
    That is hilarious, someone came down into my gym just last night and was like oh, I like the racks on on the walls with the bars, they are like sculptures.

    The Ohio Bar seems like the obvious choice from what you say you want.

    From what you say you want the bar for, the Ohio PB seems like the obvious choice.
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