SS Precision Training BarOB15-SS-IWF
Our Stainless Steel Precision Training Bar is our highest performing multi-use barbell. The shaft is made from precision straightened stainless steel and the sleeves rotate freely via our industry-changing composite bushing system.
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. 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.
This is an ideal choice for those looking for a multi-purpose precision barbell that will last through the ages.
- IWF Specification
- Made in USA
- Patent No: US D795,971 S
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime*
- American Barbell
- stainless steel
- customer service
How this bar compares
Garage Gyms (great and fun resource) rated the knurling of the SS bearing bar as a 10 of 10 and noted that -of the all the bars reviewed (which includes numerous bars well north of $1000) this is only one of two to receive a 10 of 10 rating. Well, with the exception of center knurling, the shaft and knurling on this bar is identical. If you are looking for a very reasonably priced bar with unsurpassed “grip” -you need look no further. I hold Rogue in the highest regard -in fact, I purchased five Rogue bars (over the years) before discovering AB. I originally purchased the California bar and, as time went by, I found myself using this bar most all of the time. As to why, well my gym is in my house -not a garage or a basement- and quiet is all for the good! Also -the California bar simply has a great “just feels tight and right” quality. As mentioned in other reviews, dropping a Rogue bar is a noisy affair -dropping a California Bar results in a satisfying “whoomp” -no rattle -no clank (the same can definitly be said about this SS bar). I absolutely love the grip on the California bar. That said, the grip on this bar is “amazing 2.0”! When it comes to OLY lifts, the spin/rotation on this SS bar is absolutely spot on. I cannot comment on how this bar performs under competitive OLY loads -but as a power oriented lifter who regularly includes OLY lifts in my routine, this is simply the best bar out there in this price range -and the fact that this bar is drop dead gorgeous -well that doesn’t hurt either. Finally, thanks to all the thoughtful reviews from fellow AB purchasers -if you are considering a bar at this price point, reading reviews from purchasers of other quality bars is definitely the way to go!
The bar itself is beautiful and was shipped in protective packaging. I wanted an Olympic style multipurpose bar at 28mm. Am hoping to get into more Olympic style lifting. So far so good, worth the cost.
Impressive customer service
I don't often write reviews but I have to in this case because of the amazing customer service I received from American Barbell. This precision training bar is my second bar from American Barbell. I wanted to add a 28mm stainless IWF type bar to use for floor exercises and to compliment my elite power bar, which is a spectacular 29mm power bar. I patiently waited for the black Friday sale to pull the trigger on the precision training bar. When I finally received it, I noticed the knurling was not as precisely machined as it is on my elite power bar. Granted it was a cosmetic issue, but given the premium price of the bar and my high expectations, it bugged me enough to reach out to customer service to see what they could do about it. After seeing the pictures they gave me the option of a discount or a replacement to make it right. When I opted for a replacement I ended up talking to AB founder and head of development Phil Patti about it on the phone for about 20 minutes. We had a nice discussion about the production of the bar and about the company in general. As an engineer, I get that machining stainless steel like AB does is hard. AB is practically guaranteed a loss just on shipping costs for a returned bar, and yet Phil still gave me the choice of a discount or replacement to make it right. As he put it "I have built my business around pleasing people like yourself". I received my replacement bar last week in pristine condition. I'm just a home gym enthusiast buying a single bar with an admittedly small issue. I was very impressed with the attention and level of respect I was treated with.
First Impression: High quality
The overall high quality is what stood out to me at first, and now each time I use it as well. Was looking for a BB to compliment my Rogue OPB. Except for back squat (I prefer the center knurl for that) I prefer this American Barbell. I was surprised how the knurl was noticeably finer than the OPB but yet still offered ample “stickiness” for my lifts. Pricey bar, but now that I have one I can say it’s worth every penny. BTW, it’s freakin QUIET if dropped, at least compared to my OPB.
I've been doing CrossFit for 10+ years. Decided I wanted my own barbell for use at my box. I tried to buy a barbell from another vendor but the barbell came with damage the first time and then the exchanged barbell was even worse. I decided to try out American and I am thankful. The barbell packaging was perfect and very secure. The barbell itself is even more awesome. I love the feel of the bare steel and like others are saying, the feel of the knurling is perfect. I've been enjoying the olympic lifts with the barbell as well as squatting as well. Wish I had purchased my own barbell sooner and definitely recommend this as an awesome general training barbell.