View Full Version : Olympic Lifting Bar - Mid range

Paul Findley
11-06-2007, 09:14 AM
Looking at upgrading my bar:

These seem comparable:

York Men's Training (bushing) $445
Chapman (needle bearing) $429
Pendlay (bushing) $359

Looks like Chapman is no longer selling direct? Found him through BS olympic gym. I would have preferred a direct purchase, don't want center knurling.

I would like to keep it under $500, so the competition york is out at $650.
Not sure I like the low end York Needle bearing at $210, thick chrome.

Any other thoughts or considerations?

Derek Simonds
11-06-2007, 09:48 AM
I love my Pendlay.

I don't lift anywhere near the weights it can handle, but the feel and the knurling are fantastic.

I have also never used a comp bar so can't compare.

Paul Findley
11-06-2007, 11:17 AM
Thanks Derkek, I have an early Pendlay crossfit bar, it has a cross-over PL/OL knurl that is too aggro. I may file it, but that got be thinking about an upgrade.

John Seiler
11-06-2007, 11:49 AM
I bought two of the CrossFit bars from Glenn. When I first got them the knurling was a bit aggressive for my tastes. Glenn told me he would be happy to take them down a little if sent them back. He also said he would work with me to get the knurling I wanted if I bought some new ones. Remember, he's making these bars himself so he can do that pretty easily. Give him a call; super nice guy.

Paul Findley
11-06-2007, 12:07 PM
I have been emailing him about how to knock it down, not worth my shipping expense. Still interested in feedback on the 3 bars I mentioned above.

Jordan Glasser
11-06-2007, 02:02 PM
I lift a couple of times a week with an eleiko training bar. Once every couple of months I head down to Seattle where they are stocked with pendlay bars, and dare I say, I like it better! It feels so good.....nice and whippy!

my 2 cents.
No experience with the other 2 bars in question.

Paul Findley
11-06-2007, 02:27 PM

Was it a Pendlay Mens 20kg Weightlifting Bar, Economy Mens Bar or the Crossfit discount weightlifting bar that you used?

I have no reason to think that one does not get more for the money with Glenn.


Jordan Glasser
11-06-2007, 07:08 PM
It was the 20kg weightlifting bar.

Ken Urakawa
11-11-2007, 07:12 AM
My understanding is that he's no longer making a "CrossFit" bar--just the Economy bar at a CrossFit discount.

I have both the Economy and Men's 20kg bars, and they're both great. Haven't touched a Chapman bar for a few years, so can't compare, but they feel very comparable to the Elieko bars I've used.

Also a bonus to be able to speak personally with the creator, for any product.

Eric Jones
11-11-2007, 10:57 PM
We use Pendlay Economy bars almost exclusively for all of our serious weightlifters. Simply awesome, the only bar that I've ever really liked the knurling on.

Greg Everett
11-15-2007, 10:07 AM
Talk to Sean Waxman at purestrengthstore.com (http://www.purestrengthstore.com)

Mike Choi
11-12-2009, 07:39 AM
I recently stopped by the York Barbell retail store and was talking to Mike about an affordable training bar that I can leave at my gym.

He suggested rather than waiting for a reconditioned bar, that I pick up a CrossFit Burgener bar. He said for $300 it was a good value. Anyone have experience or thoughts on this?

I need a solid and dependable bar. I will if I have to, but would rather not spend too much.

There are a fair amount of CFers at my gym and they like to deadlift and drop with 20 kg bars because they're shiny and cool looking. Waiting for them to finish is disruptive to my training.

Craig Brown
11-12-2009, 09:19 AM
I've had my Pendlay HD with bushings, for about four months, also $300, and I love it.

Mike Choi
11-12-2009, 09:45 AM
Thanks, Craig. Got a link to a reseller?

Craig Brown
11-12-2009, 03:09 PM
Got mine through Rogue:

http://www.roguefitness.com/store/product498.html w/f/s

Mike Choi
11-30-2009, 10:04 AM
Looks like you can get any number of bars right here in the PMenu store:


Clay Jones
12-01-2009, 06:13 AM
I've had my Chapman for about three years. Love it. The diameter of the bar is not standard: 32mm v. 28mm (tho newer models may be standard) and the knurling is perfect. I think I paid $400 for mine. But there are other great bar options out there as well.

I had heard that Chapman also makes the bars for Maverik.