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The Ohio Bar - Cerakote

330 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.
The Ohio Bar - Cerakote

The Ohio Bar - Cerakote

330 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.
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Ships from US
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Choose Finish (12)*Black / Chrome (+€12.10)

Product Description

This new variation on our flagship 20KG Rogue Ohio Bar introduces a unique polymer-ceramic composite coating—popularized in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. Available in a range of custom-color finish options with exclusive Rogue branding, this model is a genuine game changer.

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This new variation on our flagship 20KG Rogue Ohio Bar introduces a unique polymer-ceramic composite coating—popularized in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. Available in a range of custom-color finish options with exclusive Rogue branding, this model is a genuine game changer.

Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Bar continues to represent the highest level of precision engineering. The Cerakote Finish version maintains all the key features of the standard Ohio Bar, including a 190,000 PSI tensile strength shaft, dual knurl marks, quality composite bushings, and a lifetime warranty against bending.* A barbell that has always delivered multi-purpose versatility and dependable performance now also offers the ability to match it with the colors of your gym / school / team etc.

Please Note: Clear bars are coated post machining, so they will have slight blemishes from clamps in our machining process. 


*Please Note: The optional Proprietary Matte Black metal treatment process also hardens the steel, which can cause some additional friction with plates that have a chamfer.

Gear Specs


  • Manufactured in Columbus, OH
  • Diameter: 28.5MM
  • Weight: 20KG
  • Dual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power lifts
  • No Center Knurl
  • 190,000 PSI Tensile Strength Steel
  • Composite Bushings
  • NEW Polymer-Ceramic Composite Finish option in Custom Colors w/ Rogue branding
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Bending*

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Current Color Combination Options

Black / Black
Red / Black
Blue / Black
Gray / Black
Light Blue / Black
Maroon / Black
Navy / Black
Pink / Black
Black / Chrome
Blue / Chrome
Green / Black
Orange / Black
Orange / Chrome
Red / Chrome
ShaftCerakote BlackCerakote RedCerakote BlueCerakote GrayCerakote Light BlueCerakote MaroonCerakote NavyCerakote PinkCerakote BlackCerakote BlueCerakote GreenCerakote OrangeCerakote OrangeCerakote Red
Proprietary Matte Black
Proprietary Matte BlackBlack
BlackBlackBlackProprietary Matte Black
ChromeChromeProprietary Matte Black
Rogue Logo On ShaftSilverBlackBlackBlackBlackSilverSilverBlackSilverBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack

Gear Specs

BrandRogue Fitness
Guarantee/WarrantyLifetime Warranty*
Made In USAYes
Loadable Sleeve Length16.40"
Bar Length86.75"
F Rating™F8-R
Bar TypeMen's Bars
Bar UseMultipurpose
Bar Weight20KG
Center KnurlNo
Knurl MarkDual
Shaft CoatingCerakote
Sleeve CoatingCerakote or Chrome or Proprietary Matte Black
Tensile Strength190,000 PSI

Cerakote Strength + Custom Colors

This version of the Ohio Bar is distinct for its use of an advanced ceramic-based coating, originally established in the gun industry for its durability in thin applications. This unique finish can deliver superb abrasion/wear/corrosion resistance over time—100X that of standard black zinc—and it’s available to order in a range of exclusive colors, with the Rogue logo branded on the center of the shaft. See the menu for current color combination options.


190,000 PSI Steel

This steel is manufactured in the US and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell.

Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining which allows the bar to have a very smooth finish.


Machining & Assembly

Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio, with painstaking attention to detail. The knurling has been carefully refined over the years, as well, for a firm but non-abrasive grip (there is no center knurl). We assemble the Ohio Bar with a snap ring design and quality composite bushings, which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft, producing normal “whip” during Oly weightlifting but enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting.


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.

*Warranty against bending does not cover any bar which has been damaged due to negligent or faulty use, alteration, maintenance, storage or handling by the user. Negligent or faulty use includes abusive dropping of the bar (i.e., dropping the bar on a box, bench, spotter arms or pins in a power rack, excessive dropping with insufficient or damaged bumpers, or excessive dropping with iron plates, and similar usage). Any specific issues regarding a Rogue product with which a customer is not satisfied will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We have found that most problems with bars we replace are related to abusive use rather than manufacturing or materials issues.

Please Note: Cerakote has an excellent resistance to corrosion, but metal-to-metal contact, particular on the sleeves, can still cause wear over time. For the best long term results, some cleaning and maintenance may be required. See our Ohio Bar Care Page for more info.

See Also: The Rogue Barbell Cleaning Kit

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1 - 8 of 330 Reviews
Darth Knocks
Columbus, Ohio
1 week ago
My favorite thing in my gym!
This is the nicest barbell I’ve ever touched. The cerakote finish is durable and feels amazing. The sleeves are just as nice. Knurling gives great grip without being too aggressive. Spin is great. It requires minimal maintenance. If you’re going to splurge on one thing for your gym, get the Ohio Bar!
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on
3 weeks ago
Excellent Barbell
Very nice barbell. So far the finish has been very durable. I’m very satisfied with this bar.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on
Monticello, AR
September 25
Red Cerakote / Black Sleeves
I had the red cerakote / black sleeve bar for about 6 weeks now in the home gym. I thought (for some unknown reason) that the "Proprietary Matte Black" sleeves would hold up better than cerakote sleeves. I was very wrong. First plate I put on the sleeve scraped off the coating. Now after 6 weeks of use, they are worn considerably. I don't like it, but don't really care too much either. Just wanted to let anyone who may think this Proprietary Matte Black finish will hold up, it won't. I want the Chan bar as well but I'll go with chrome sleeves on that one. Other than that, it's a great bar. The red cerakote looks awesome. Knurling is fairly passive but I like having it in the gym.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on

Response from Rogue Fitness:

October 3
Thank you for posting and we're sorry for any issues you may be having with this bar. Our barbell team is looking into this now and will make any issues right!
September 11
Cerakote not worth it
When I received this bar the packaging was badly damaged, like the bar could slide right out of the tube. The coating was damaged upon arrival but it is functionally good. The bar has really good knurling and spin.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on

Response from Rogue Fitness:

September 16
We're very sorry to hear of this damage to your bar due to shipping. Our team is reaching out to you now!
The Muffin Man
August 27
Well made, high quality barbell
Just wanted to throw in my 5 stars for this barbell. I got the blue cerakote and it has held up very well over the last 3 years. I didn’t know much about gym equipment at the time and a Rogue employee recommended I get the regular Ohio bar. He was right. This all around bar is good for bench/shoulder pressing, squats, and deadlifts. The knurling is just right for me without chalk, but I don’t lift heavy. I like how there is no knurling in the middle so that I can comfortably do front squats and shoulder press (in case I accidentally brush my chin). All in all, I highly recommend this bar.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on
Czech republic
August 21
Looks great, but...
I like it from the first sight, but there's one problem. I've expected perfect conditions from BB with this value and quality. The problem is that aluminium collars (that I bought together with Ohio BB) don't fit well on one side of this BB, the other side is ok. The diameter of one loading side is probably little bit bigger and that the reason that I have to use really power to fix collar on it (I hope that it won't break). Overall it looks great, but the only reason that I don't reclaim this product is, that it will be difficult to send it back from Czech republic :-(((
Yes, I recommend this product
Yes · 2
No · 0

Response from Rogue Fitness:

August 25
We're sorry to hear you are having issues getting your collars on the sleeve of your Ohio Bar! We will have the team reach out to investigate!
August 11
You can't go wrong with Rogue equipment great quality products.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on
Houston, TX
August 2
Functional Bar; Poor Cerakote Application
Purchased this two years ago and after about 1-2 months, noticed some rusting in the areas where my hands are typically for deadlifts/cleans. I thought that if I kept oiling the bar every 3-4 weeks, I would mitigate the rusting and the areas wouldn’t get worse. The bar stays in the garage, is brushed regularly to prevent chalk from sitting on it too long, and only has one user. I understand that the humidity here in TX doesn’t help but I expected better out of a rogue barbell. I am very disappointed with the quality of the cerakote coating. Now, I can’t let the bar go longer a couple before the rust gets really bad on it. We bought the junior barbell that has the black zinc coating around the same time and there is no rusting. Doesn’t make sense unless there was a bad application of the cerakote.
Originally posted on

Response from Rogue Fitness:

August 4
Thank you for posting! Our team is investigating this now and will be in contact with a resolution ASAP.
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