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Rogue 28MM Men's Russian Bar w/ Collars

4 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with German Bearings

Rogue 28MM Men's Russian Bar w/ Collars

4 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with German Bearings
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Collars are imported

Product Description
Gear Specs
Product Description

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.

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Rogue 28MM Men's Russian Bar

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.

Gear Specs


  • Made in the USA with German Bearings
  • Men’s Olympic Bearing Bar
  • Based on Russian design popularized in ‘60s and used at 1980 Olympics
  • Bar Weight: 20KG
  • Diameter: 28MM
  • Olympic Knurl Marks + Passive Center Knurl
  • Grooved Sleeve Design, Friction-Welded
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.25"
  • Finish: Stainless Steel Shaft and Chrome Sleeves
  • Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSI
  • Custom 2.5KG Collars Included (imported)

See More: Men’s 20KG Bars from Rogue


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Gear Specs

BrandRogue Fitness
Guarantee/WarrantyLifetime Warranty*
Made In USAYes, with German Bearings
Loadable Sleeve Length16.25"
Bar Length86.5"
F Rating™F2
Bar TypeMen's Bars
Bar UseOlympic Weightlifting,Specialty
Bar Weight20KG
Center KnurlYes
Knurl MarkOlympic
Shaft CoatingNone - Stainless Steel
Sleeve CoatingChrome
Tensile Strength200,000 PSI

Unique Grooved Sleeves

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.


Optimized for Multiple Reps

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.


Quality Rogue Construction

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.


Pair with a Set of Rogue Plates

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.


Lock-In Collars Included

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.

F Scale™

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.

Oxidation Rate

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.

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1 - 4 of 4 Reviews
Eagleville, PA
May 2020
Exactly what I expected
Have been using the bar for a month. Love it. Sleeves roll very easily; bar offers a good grip. I am using two sets of locks: regular ones and the bar-specific for higher weights / where i drop the barbell. Locks keep the weights in place very well.
Yes, I recommend this product
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el wolverino
Apr 2020
Best bar I've ever owned.
Title says it all. Amazing quality bar. Great solar feature.
Yes, I recommend this product
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Rogue All Day
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Oct 2017
Snatches, Cleans, Thrusters PR Trailblazer !
I bought this bar just before the Crossfit Games qualification and got it just in time only to be slapped in the face with those brutal 50 lbs dumbbells non-sense wods. At least I got to use it for the 17.3 and 17.5 portion which is probably one of the best bar to have for these particular movement. I ONLY use this bar for any Snatches, Cleans and Thrusters. This is what this bar is made for. It is just a gorgeous bar and the grooves are just sexy af. The only unfortunate thing is I basically never use is the collars locks. It's too bad because they look amazing but it's a bit of a pain to put on and it also messes up the standard RX weights usually given in wods because they weight 5lbs each. I wish they could do a lighter version. Regardless, I love this bar and the smooth bearing action will ABSOLUTELY change your game and confidence vs other bars. This was a fantastic purchase that I do not regret making at all.
Yes, I recommend this product
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Jeffersonville, IN, United States
Jun 2017
Excellent Olympic and Good Metcon Barbell
I've been using this for two months and can say it's worth the cost. The bar has great feel, spin and whip. I hit PR's in the clean and jerk as well as the snatch with this bar. Just be aware that the collars weigh 5 lbs. each and weights should be loaded accordingly. This holds up well for Oly weightlifting and metcons alike. There's no quick way to change weights with the collars having to be twisted off (my only reason for 4 stars). This can be fixed by using spring collars or any other collars for that sort. Overall, it's a great bar for serious crossfitters and Olympic weight lifters alike.
Yes, I recommend this product
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