The Ohio Bar 2.0S is the first barbell to feature built-in sound dampening properties. In testing, it consistently measures 10 decibels (dB) quieter than typical bars when dropped in the same conditions. To the human ear, that’s equivalent to being half as loud as what you’d expect from your current barbell.
For nearly 100 years, dating back to the earliest adjustable-weight, rotating-sleeve bars of the 1920s, the sleeves on almost all standard barbells have been fastened to the shaft in a manner that allows for metal-to-metal contact, creating much of the noise when the bar is dropped. To counter this, Rogue developed a new, patent-pending construction method that eliminates all metal-to-metal contact between the shaft and sleeves. In addition, this advanced design incorporates components and materials often used in heavy duty military vehicles, high performance automotive, and industrial machinery, where reliability is critical. This includes top-tier proprietary polymer bushings and dampened endcaps to further decrease the noise on the drop without sacrificing the bar’s performance, strength, or durability.
In addition to its internal innovations, the Ohio Bar 2.0S is also our first barbell to feature our new proprietary sleeve finish, which transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it, greatly increasing the long-term corrosion, impact and abrasion resistance of the black finish.
Apart from these improvements, we have kept the functional aspects of the barbell the same as our standard Cerakote Ohio Bar, including a 28.5mm, 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel shaft and a signature Ohio knurl with breaks in the knurl for powerlifting and weightlifting (there is no center knurl). The ceramic-based Cerakote shaft coating offers corrosion resistance up to 100x that of traditional black zinc, and our patented Rogue Work Hardening (RWH™) process gives the bar the highest possible F Rating of F-8R. That means it has the highest level of fatigue resistance of any of our barbells and can stand up to decades of abuse even in high volume gyms.