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|Made In USA||Yes, with German Bearings|
|Bar Type||Men's Bars|
|Bar Use||Olympic Weightlifting, Specialty|
|Shaft Coating||None - Stainless Steel|
|Loadable Sleeve Length||16.25"|
|Tensile Strength||200,000 PSI|
While it’s inspired by a unique Olympic barbell design originally developed by the Soviets, our Men’s 28MM Russian Bar is proudly designed, machined, and assembled at the Rogue Factory in Columbus, Ohio U.S.A.
The Russian Bar is distinct for its grooved sleeves and custom locking collars, making it ideally suited for multiple reps, with no need to tighten in between lifts. Starting in the 1960s, this streamlined design became the holy grail for many Oly lifters around the world, as import costs made it a legendary but rare sight outside the USSR. Even in the heart of the Cold War, many American athletes sought out the bar to emulate the elite Russian champions of the day. Articles in Ironman magazine touted it as an “outstanding piece of equipment” that “lifters are drooling for.”
Fortunately, we’re now able to build a Russian-style barbell right here in Ohio—at a higher quality than the originals, and at a far more reasonable price. Our Russian Bar is manufactured from a minimum 200,000 PSI tensile strength steel and includes 5 needle bearings per sleeve. A set of specialized locking collars (not compatible with other bars) is included standard.
A 25MM Women's version of the Russian Bar is also available.
See More: Men’s 20KG Bars from Rogue
The F Scale™ is a durability scale for barbells based on functional testing at stresses similar to what barbells experience when being dropped from overhead. Bars that have been treated with Rogue Work Hardening (RWH™) are designated by having an R in their F Rating™. For more information on F Scale™ click here.
The resistance of a barbell to oxidation depends on the type of steel and the coating. Barbells at the lower end of the spectrum will require more care and maintenance to preserve their appearance than barbells at the upper end of the spectrum.
The sleeves of the Russian Bar are friction-welded and include 23 precision grooves, enabling the collars to slide onto the sleeve ratchet style, engaging with the grooves to securely lock the plates onto the bar. While this design was popularized by the Soviets several decades ago, it's rarely been duplicated since.
Once the collar is slid onto the sleeve, the user can make fine adjustments by spinning the inner portion of the collar to fully secure the plates. This makes slippage of the plates nearly impossible. As a result, the Russian Bar is ideally suited for multiple repetitions, as the design virtually eliminates the need to tighten in between lifts.
Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the 20KG Russian Bar features a stainless steel, 28MM shaft with a minimum tensile strength of 200,000 PSI. The friction-welded sleeves have a bright chrome finish, with 16.25" of loadable length and ten quality needle bearings in total—producing a smooth, reliable spin. Along with the standard Olympic knurl marks (in our firm but non-abrasive knurling pattern), a passive center knurl is also included.
The Russian Bar is compatible with any standard Olympic plates, and Rogue's quality KG Competition Plates or KG Training Plates make a great addition to your order. These battle-tested bumpers are color-coded, produce a consistent dead bounce, and are available to order in custom sets.
Your order ships with a special set of lock-in collars (2.5KG each) designed exclusively for use with the grooved sleeves of the Russian Bar. These collars are made from cast iron and steel and feature a hard chrome finish. When tightened into position, they make any slippage of plates virtually impossible as you go through your full regimen.
Rogue prides itself on fast, professional shipping. Your bar will be packaged safely and ship fast. You can follow the progress of your order using the Rogue Shipping Tracker.