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    What's your pick for the best Powerlifting Barbell?

    Money no object. Maybe Kabuki New Gen? I feel like I've been watching too many Coop reviews, which are basically equipment junk food. He always picks that one.
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    I love my Rep Fitness deep knurl power bar ex: https://www.repfitness.com/rep-deep-knurl-power-bar-ex (currently out of stock)

    It's the only bar I have owned so I may be biased, but I lifted in a lot of gyms over the years and I don't recall using any barbell that I thought was better than this one.
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    Originally Posted by Heisman2 View Post
    I love my Rep Fitness deep knurl power bar ex: https://www.repfitness.com/rep-deep-knurl-power-bar-ex (currently out of stock)

    It's the only bar I have owned so I may be biased, but I lifted in a lot of gyms over the years and I don't recall using any barbell that I thought was better than this one.
    What is that rated for, weight wise? I've seen some ostensibly good quality bars get warped from heavy squats and deadlifts, and that's just 4-5 plates, presumably.
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    Vulcan Absolute SS is so nice. I like the kabuki bar, but I would have gone with black oxide if I could go back (own the nickel). I would pick several bars over the nickel version.
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    Originally Posted by GamecockLifter View Post
    Vulcan Absolute SS is so nice. I like the kabuki bar, but I would have gone with black oxide if I could go back (own the nickel). I would pick several bars over the nickel version.
    What don't you like about the nickel? Been debating getting a Duffalo bar and was leaning towards nickel.

    To answer your original question, I love my AB elite PB. Granted, I'm not one that loves deep, painful knurling.
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    Originally Posted by cwcmac View Post
    What don't you like about the nickel? Been debating getting a Duffalo bar and was leaning towards nickel.

    To answer your original question, I love my AB elite PB. Granted, I'm not one that loves deep, painful knurling.
    I love black ox - my second favorite behind SS. The nickel feels slicker. Have to chalk up sooner and it just doesn’t feel as “tacky.”
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    Originally Posted by GamecockLifter View Post
    Vulcan Absolute SS is so nice. I like the kabuki bar, but I would have gone with black oxide if I could go back (own the nickel). I would pick several bars over the nickel version.
    The Vulcan Absolute SS has been calling my name for a really long time but I don't think I'll ever be able to pull the trigger on it unless they start making it in the US. I can't drop that much on a bar manufactured in China that might have iffy quality control. The Kabuki oxide definitely looks interesting. I'm also a big fan of the oxide feel.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Money no object. Maybe Kabuki New Gen? I feel like I've been watching too many Coop reviews, which are basically equipment junk food. He always picks that one.
    I would say it's the Kabuki PB or the REP PB EX. Actually, if I could craft the best PB, it would be the Kabuki PB in SS, I have the nickel, like it a lot, but the feel of my REP PB EX in SS is just better than the nickel as much as I like that bar.
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    Originally Posted by cwcmac View Post
    What don't you like about the nickel? Been debating getting a Duffalo bar and was leaning towards nickel.

    To answer your original question, I love my AB elite PB. Granted, I'm not one that loves deep, painful knurling.
    This (in my opinion), I originally had a TPB and knurl wise there was nothing wrong with it, but after upgrading to the AB Elite SS PB in 2018 and eventually selling the TPB, I much prefer the grippy yet passive knurl on the AB Elite PB and stainless steel is way nicer and the bar still looks nice today, plus the smooth sleeves.

    In fact, I haven't found a reason to get another bar so far since owning it aside from maybe a unique specialty bar perhaps to fit my goals along with some of the others.
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    Originally Posted by GamecockLifter View Post
    I love black ox - my second favorite behind SS. The nickel feels slicker. Have to chalk up sooner and it just doesn’t feel as “tacky.”
    Thanks. Good to know, since I'd be using it primarily squatting it's good to know it's a little slippier. I saw the appeal of less maintenance that's certainly not more important than functionality
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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    What is that rated for, weight wise? I've seen some ostensibly good quality bars get warped from heavy squats and deadlifts, and that's just 4-5 plates, presumably.
    I'm not an expert on this stuff but the link says the tensile strength is 200,000 PSI, which is quite good if this tutorial is accurate: https://barbend.com/how-to-choose-barbell/
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    Ah, the impossible question to answer! I've been through so many bars now I think it's really hard to say, but I've circled back to the Texas Power Bar if that says anything. Otherwise I think the REP EX Deep Knurl is probably the best I have owned, like some others I prefer the smooth sleeves over ribbed and REP is awesome there. The bare steel TPB has quite a bit more bite than the Black Oxide version, so for me it's become a toss up as to which knurling I like better. But if I were in the market I'd probably watch out for reviews on the 2X AGGRO bar from Rogue.
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    For me, it would have to be AB's elite powerbar. I have the SS gym bar which is almost identical and love it.
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