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 $$$.