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    Hey,

    I've been looking at upgrading my elcheapo 7 foot olympic barbell, I've got a few options though I'm undecided. They are:


    1. ABC BO220 from Gymcare $484
    2. Iron Edge 20kg Olympic Barbell from AusKB $165 + $54 = $219
    3. Pendlay 20kg Bushing Class HD NexGen Olympic Barbell $575 + $54 = $629
    4. Garage Gym Mens Olympic Barbell from GymandFitness $449 + $37 = $486


    I believe all bars have similar specs, 7 foot barbell, ~28cm grip, 20kg in weight, rotating sleeves etc.

    I'll be using this bar in a power rack, Markos has said that barbells will get damaged if used in a power rack.

    If you are buying a bar for a power rack, get a cheap one, as ultimately it will get damaged. Its not what they were intended for. Its why I have no power rack at PTC. I have a squat rack with saddles, a bench press with saddles and a squat stand where the plate rests upon the support, not the bar.
    Is this something I should be worried about?


    Let's use this thread to discuss barbells

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    If your getting a bar for the powerlifts, an ABC powerbar at under $500 will do the trick. Mine has taken great punishment in the power rack with no issues.

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    We'd like to offer your gang an easy way to get their hands on our gear at great prices through our website. We've set up a special coupon for all PTC clients - this means that they can get a 10% discount on all prices by entering "PTC" when they checkout through the store. Here's the process:

    Find what they want on our web store >> click "add to cart" >> click "Click Here to Continue" >> enter "PTC" into the coupon code box >> Click "submit" and then the shopping cart will automatically deduct 10% from the purchase price. Pretty simple.

    Feel free to spread the word to your guys and gals. We're here to help out if you have any questions.

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    Yeah Get a good bar for oly lifts and then a rack bar.. How good does a bar have to be for a squat? All you do is rest it on your shoulders.. No point ****ing the knurling on a good bar from mounting it in a rack with 200kg on it...

    I havnt found saddles for sale, i think makros made his own?
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    The ABC is a good value bar, very solid. only issue is the knurling is super harsh.
    unless you are an olympic lifter, this is a good choice for powerlift training, and for use in a powerrack .

    The Pendlay bar is a good bar for olympic lifting, but useless for bench press and squats. The rings are in the olympic lift position for snatch ( wider out ),
    and there is no centre knurling for squat.
    A good option if you are a competitive olympic lifter, but a terrible choice for using in a powerrack.

    Haven't seen or used the poweredge or garage gym bars so can't comment on them.
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    The Ivanko powerbar is a gem, but very expensive.

    I may be getting original Texas powerbars soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by n00bs View Post
    Yeah Get a good bar for oly lifts and then a rack bar.. How good does a bar have to be for a squat? All you do is rest it on your shoulders.. No point ****ing the knurling on a good bar from mounting it in a rack with 200kg on it...

    I havnt found saddles for sale, i think makros made his own?
    It's pretty much impossible to ruin the knurling on a good bar with 200kg squats, or even 400kg squats for that matter.
    Just don't leave it loaded in the rack for extended periods of time, and don't drop it off your back onto the pins.
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    Minh from Titan Australian is getting some Texas power bars in soon, these are probably worth waiting for as the knurling is not as harsh as the ABC, but the price will probably be about the same. Not as durable as an Eleiko, or Leoko bar, but good bars.
    We have a Leoko powerlifting bar used in the 1988 IPF worlds in Perth and it's still in perfect condition, knurling is unchanged, and still shiny ( which normally is not a word I want associated with any bar I train with )
    We also have an old Ivanko bar at the gym I train at, good bar for deadlifting and squat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmad View Post
    It's pretty much impossible to ruin the knurling on a good bar with 200kg squats, or even 400kg squats for that matter.
    Just don't leave it loaded in the rack for extended periods of time, and don't drop it off your back onto the pins.
    Well thats what i was thinking.. Failing in a power rack/

    Or fail is not an option.. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmad View Post
    It's pretty much impossible to ruin the knurling on a good bar with 200kg squats, or even 400kg squats for that matter.
    Just don't leave it loaded in the rack for extended periods of time, and don't drop it off your back onto the pins.
    I can post pics of an ABC power bar that was used in a gym by powerlifters for >5 years, the knurling were it sits in the squat / bench rack is stuffed, smooth!

    I bought it to be used in a power rack, for less than half the new price, There is no way i would need the knurling out that far anyways.

    Yes ABC bars Knurling is quite course..
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    i used an abc bar in a gym in coffs harbour with awosme bearings.. knurling was very fine and just a nice bar to use for cleans.. At my gym they have abc bars with cheese greater knurling.. So im sure there are some better then others.
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