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Old 05-22-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
Rhys Davies
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Default Mid-Range Barbell advice

I started learning Olympic Weightlifting about a year ago, and up until now I have been using a cheap bar that has the sleeves held on by an Allen bolt. However, it's now in a state where the one sleeve doesn't rotate. I'm therefore looking to get a new bar and can't afford to spend anymore than $550.

I got into weightlifting and Crossfit at about the same time. And typically spend half the week doing solely weightlifting workouts and the other half of the week doing Crossfit WODs.

Unfortunately as I live in the UK the mid-range barbells sold here are way out of my price range so it works out cheaper for me to buy a bar from the USA and pay the $200 shipping fee.

I was initially thinking of getting a Pendlay bearing bar, but unfortunately they don't ship to the UK, so I seem to be limited to either Rogue or Again Faster bars (as they ship to the UK).

I have never used any of the bars I am thinking of purchasing, so if anyone has advice on what would be the best choice or if they could recommend an alternative (under $500) that would be greatly appreciated;
Rogue Burgener Bearing Bar
Rogue Olympic WL Bar
Rogue Bar
Again Faster Bar

Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
Darryl Shaw
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Strengthshop.co.uk sells Pendlay bars for a lot less than you'd pay buying from the US. Alternatively, if you're set on a Rogue bar you can probably save some money ordering through their European website, www.rogueeurope.eu.

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:22 PM   #3
Rhys Davies
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Thanks for the advice, but I've tried both those sites and it actually works out hundreds of dollars cheaper to purchase from the USA.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #4
Keith Miller
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Originally Posted by Rhys Davies View Post

Rogue Burgener Bearing Bar
Rogue Olympic WL Bar
Rogue Bar
Again Faster Bar

Thanks for your help.
Of those bars, I've lifted on the first 2, the Burgener Bearing Bar (older version, though), and the Rogue Oly WL bar. My personal opinion is that the Rogue WL bar is the BEST, by far. I absolutely loved the one I lifted on!! Knurling was about perfect, and the spin was divine. It's also a bit more expensive than the Rogue bar and Again Faster bar, but those 2 have a thicker shaft (28.5mm to 28mm), which doesn't seem like much until you get really used to 28 mm and/or have smaller hands. Just MHO though.
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