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The California Bar

OB202-CA-ZG 156 reviews
The California Bar is our first dual-ring barbell built specifically for functional fitn...

The California Bar is our first dual-ring barbell built specifically for functional fitness athletes.  It has the nuances and sought after specifications of a top-quality 28MM weightlifting bar and is also durable enough to withstand daily use in other lifts and programs.

The California Bar is finished with Cerakote for a look, feel, and performance that is unparalleled in the fitness industry today. The bar shaft is made from precision ground alloy steel and 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 excellent whip and long-term performance of our bars.

The bar sleeves are precision machined and each sleeve is coated with hard chrome for protection against dropping and impact. Sleeves rotate around high strength composite bushings used in aircraft and automotive industries for smooth rotation.

After many years of producing some of the finest Olympic barbells in the world, American Barbell is proud to introduce our latest innovation: Cerakote finished bars. Nothing ever produced rivals the corrosion and abrasion resistance of this finish. Cerakote is used by major firearm manufacturers around the world in some of the most abusive and corrosive environments. Corrosion salt spray testing has shown that this coating lasts as much as 70x longer than chrome and even stainless steel.

American Barbell's design team has been producing innovations in bar technology for more than 18 years, and this is one of our most exciting accomplishments. Every type of bar finish has its story, and we’ve determined that our California Bar is unrivaled.

  • IWF Specification
  • Patent No:  US D795,971 S
  • Made in USA
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime*
  • Black & Silver End-Cap w/AB Logo


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Owais K.
United States United States
Pretty solid bar

I've had the 20kg California barbell for well over a year now, and I'm pleased with how well it's handled everything I've put it through. The knurling doesn't feel like its worn down in the slightest, and the collars rotate as well as when I first got the bar. The cerakote finish has suffered a very minor scratch on the shaft, exposing the steel underneath. However, I have yet to see any rust form, and regular maintenance keeps the bar looking good as new.

Justin B.
United States United States

This bar is solid. The sleeves have far less side to side movement as compared to my Ohio bar. It sounds and feels SOLID when receiving cleans and snatches and the drop sounds different than all other bars I have used. It has become my go to bar for CrossFit. I am interested to see how it stands the test of time. Fine job American Barbell!!

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Nicholas S.
United States United States
Quiet, Clean, Multi-use

This bar is absolutely amazing. I’m not an experienced barbell reviewer, but I’ve had extensive use with all the various Rogue bars in and out of CrossFit gyms since 2009. This bar just feels like it’s on a different level. It is so incredibly quiet when dropped, and the knurl is right at the level that I personally like.I am a fan of the dual powerlifting, oly lifting marks. I have the zombie green bar, the marks are clearly visible to me and I have had no issues with bar grip or anything of the sort. This bar is just a dream. I would highly recommend it. It comes slightly more expensive than some of Rogue’s bars (at least at my time of purchase) at $379 or whatever I got it for. BUT, it is so worth it for a more quiet drop, a clean roll, larger than industry standard composite bushings, and just a mean look. I am an american barbell fan!

Daniel H.
United States United States
Unbelievably Good!

Every time I make a lift I can’t believe how awesome it feels. It’s smooth, built like a battleship, and beautiful. Thanks for making a quality product. I hope I’m lifting with it when I’m 90!

David B.
United States United States
California Bar

I purchased the California bar to jump start my stagnant deadlifting. I have the power bar which is great for squats but difficult for deadlifts. I like the 28mm diameter which makes gripping way easier than the 29mm power bar. There's a little more bend than the power bar but not much as a Olympic bar. I can tell a difference in that I can pry the CA bar off the floor easier than the power bar. The cerakote coating is beautiful, the sleeves rotate freely, the bar has Olympic and powerlifting lines. The bar is a mark of beautiful craftsmanship. I will use the CA bar mainly for deadlifting but will try it for benching at some point.

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