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American Barbell Stainless Bearing Bar (Competition Spec.)

American Barbell's Stainless Bearing Bar incorporates a host of proprietary features unlike any other on the market. It's with this technology our bars spin smoother as the weight gets heavier on the bar.

The bar shaft is made from precision straightened stainless steel. The strength of the shaft is tested with every shipment of raw material to ensure we have a consistent 190,000 PSI tensile strength. This attention to detail also allows for an excellent whip and long-term performance of our bars. Stainless Steel offers superior corrosion resistance and can always be cleaned and repaired with no damage to the surface. Additionally, knurling set in stainless steel has a one-of-a-kind feeling that cannot be achieved with other finishes. 

The bar sleeves are precision welded to eliminate failure. The weld is recessed to not interfere with plates resting flush against the sleeve collar. Each sleeve is coated with hard chrome for protection against dropping. Sleeves also contain American Barbell’s proprietary concealed bearing system with higher load ratings than any bar available. A dust and chalk seal is also installed to protect and maintain longer bearing life.

Read more about our bearing bar technology here:  Understanding the Olympic Needle Bearing Bar and its Function

  • IWF Specification
  • Made in USA
  • Incorporates American Barbell’s proprietary bearing technology
  • Higher load capacity and smoother rotation with heavier weights
  • Can always be cleaned or repaired with no damage to the finish
  • Superior corrosion resistance
  • Features a protective ring on inner collar side to keep chalk and dust from penetrating bearings
  • Patent No:  US D795,971 S
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime

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Product Sku Price Qty
20KG - Men's Bar OB20-SS-NBCB
$ 675
15KG - Women's Bar OB15-SS-NBCB
$ 675

technical Specs


20KG - Men's Bar

Weight: 20KG
Length: 2200MM
Center Knurl: Ghost Knurling
Manufactured: Made in USA
Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.338"
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Diameter: 28MM
Application: Olympic Weightlifting, Competition
Shaft: Precision Straightened Stainless Steel
Tensile Strength: 190K
Sleeve: Precision Ground Steel with a Hard Chrome Coating

15KG - Women's Bar

Weight: 15KG
Length: 2010MM
Center knurl: None
Manufactured: Made in USA
Loadable Sleeve Length: 12.598"
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Diameter: 25MM
Application: Olympic Weightlifting, Competition
Shaft: Precision Straightened Stainless Steel
Tensile Strength: 190K
Sleeve: Precision Ground Steel with a Hard Chrome Coating

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Jaime F.
United States

Best bar ever

Very fast delivery. The knurling on this bar is the best there is. You have to feel it to appreciate just how good it is. It’s not aggressive but you know the grip won’t let you down. The stainless steels allows a very unique and enjoyable lifting experience. The whip, the sound the bar makes, and just everything about this bar makes you want to keep on using it. I’m so happy with my purchase and I’m definitely getting my wife one soon! Well done American Barbell!

Jaime F. verified customer review of American Barbell Stainless Bearing Bar (Competition Spec.)
Seattle, WA

Sweet Barbell

I was looking for a good bearing barbell for the OL. Narrowed it down to this comp. SS OL barbell vs. the rogue euro bar. It was a tough choice since you can't really physically test either one out unless a gym has both. (Eleiko was considered, but way too expensive and people mentioned the knurl was alittle too rough for repetitive work; also their cheaper sports bar seemed to have lower online reviews compared to the AB and rogue). Vulcan barbell was considered, but it is not made in USA, so was out. I have rogue products (rogue barbell, rogue westside power bar etc. and I like their products). however the stainless steel aspect of this bar and the type of bearings used in the AB is what made me choose this bar over the rogue (it is also cheaper than the rogue euro which was a win win., also the rogue training Olympic barbell has a SS version, but that training OL barbell had lower reviews compared to the euro version) The AB bar is well packaged on delivery. it is a beautiful bar. The knurling is nice. not too sharp, but not passive. it really does just grip you back and is comfortable, easy to hold. the spin of the bar is smooth and controlled. it is hard to explain, but it just rotates as it needs too and not just spin for the sake of spinning. it is almost like the bearings are weighted and spin just enough to keep the center of gravity on the bar. there is absolute no play in the sleeves. you drop the bar with weight, there is just a thump of the bumpers. no rattling of the bar at all. I am very happy with my purchase and have no regrets so far. I'm sure the rogue euro bar is nice, but I definitely do not regret my purchase of this comp. SS AB barbell. I think it is well worth the $$$.

Mike D.
Tulsa, OK

Absolutely superb bar

We have a small community of weightlifters at our gym; most of our bars are multi-purpose bars. But we have another very high-end bearing bar from a popular company, and this has proved to be the more popular bar among our lifters. The knurl isn't overly aggressive, but the bare steel gives it a stickiness that you just have to feel for yourself. But what's most impressive are the spin and the construction. The spin is not only buttery smooth, but it's virtually silent. The sleeves don't spin endlessly without plates loaded on, like some bars do; instead, they spin with remarkable smoothness and consistency regardless of the load on the bar. The sleeves even seem to fit our bumpers just a bit more snugly. Interestingly, this bar is also very quiet; in the extension of a ****** or clean, you won't get that "rattle" that you get with other bars—just a consistent vibration. Even when dropped, the bar doesn't rattle. I take that as a sign of a bar made to very high tolerances. Suffice to say that we're sold on American Barbell and plan to purchase many more of their bars for our gym in the future.

Eric S.
United States

SS bearing bar

So far so good... we did notice there is NO center knurling as shown in the picture on website? We purchased the SA bearing bar... hope it is correct?

Juan C.

The ss bearing (competition Spec).

The ss bearing (competition Spec). Arrived on time with great packaging. It is. Beautifully crafted and a true depiction of it's review. Great company great product.

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