T-Grip Double Straight Handle Bar with Olympic SleeveOBTG-D
The American Barbell range of T-Grip bars were created to provide greater versatility to the training environment. Featuring a 1-1/4" diameter (31.75MM), they fit all commercial benches and racks and now have the option of non-rotating sleeves (bar weight 30lbs) or rotating sleeves (bar weight 55lbs).
The sleeve construction is one piece, drop-forged and boltless, and has a hard chrome finish. The bar shaft is finished in black powder coat. This bar comes with high-quality knurling on the grips to provide you with an enhanced hold on the bar.
The bar provides a range of gripping options when curling and pressing, including two widths of neutral grip. You can use this bar to perform a neutral grip bench press, allowing athletes with shoulder discomfort to continue to lift. A neutral grip allows the elbows to track more closely to the body for greater triceps activation.
- Length: 90 inches
- Handle diameter: 1-1/4" (31.75MM)
- High-Quality Knurled Grip
- Safe Load Capacity: 500LBS +
- Inside Handles - 16" Center to Center
- Outside Handles 24" Center to Center
- bar designs
The bar's configuration is nice and comfortable to press with strong knurling. The collars spin well and have good chrome finish. The welds are not pretty but seem strong / acceptable. The finish, however, is not good. The item page says black zinc but what I received looks and wears more like bad powder coat. In fact the umhw from my j cups has already removed the finish where it's racked after only two weeks.
I use a lot of Neutral Grip bars in my lifts and this is by far the best one I have in the rotation now. The knurling is not for everyone, it is aggressive but I actually think that is better than a smoother handle. The narrow handles are actually at a good spacing compared to the ones I was using before. Big fan of the bar/sleeve length making it easier for bands/chains to be added. Once you get used to the spacing on the bar the wobble goes away. Add in the fact that you can use it for accessory movements other than bench/over head press, you can really use this bar for a full lift.
The bar shipped within a few days and was packaged well. The bar itself is well built. I personally think the knurling is a little too aggressive and would prefer a step down. The zinc sleeves look great, it's worth the increase in price. This is also a fairly unique bar, with the only other similar one being EliteFTS's football bar, but that currently has a 6-8 week lead time. After the fast shipping and seeing the quality of the bar, I'm happy I went with American Barbell and will definitely shop with them again.
It’s wobbly and imbalanced compared to a log or other neutral grip bars out there.
Hey Alex, I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your bar. Would you be able to send us pictures or videos of the issue? Please reach out to us at Support@AmericanBarbell.com We would be happy to resolve this for you. Thank you, American Barbell
This bar is as nice as I hoped it would be! Well made in every aspect. Welds and black coating are very uniform. The rotating sleeves are great. Doesn't feel bulky like other multi-grip bar designs. A joy to use.