This is our specialty squat bar, a thicker bar designed specifically for squatting to reduce the oscillation of the bar. This bar is fully knurled across the length of the bar with the exception of the center mark and standard powerlifting marks, 32mm in thickness, and 95 inches in overall length.
What is it about our new generation bars that sets them apart? With a tensile strength of over 250k PSI and a rockwell hardness of 51 RC, this bar is harder than any other currently bar on market. What this means in practical terms is that the knurl won’t wear down over the years, leaving you with a bar that is performing sub par compared to when it was new. Even where the bar contacts the rack it will maintain that fine, tacky, aggressive knurl just like the day it was unboxed.
The knurl itself is the other piece of engineering that went into this bar this bar that we are proud of. We wanted to create something that grabbed well but wasn’t so unnecessarily sharp that it cut your hands rather than grabbing. The knurl of our bar is finer than most barbells you will find, giving the knurl more points per square inch and creating more surface area to create friction against.
Lastly, another small feature to differentiate our bar is the center marks in the knurl. We wanted to leave the power bar with a continuous center knurl so as to not lose any of the grip effects for squatting, but still have marking to indicate the bars center for alignment purposes.
We fully stand behind our product and believe in it wholeheartedly, which is why each bar comes with a 5 year warranty against any type of manufacturing defect. What this means is if your bar begins to wear prematurely, we will repair or replace it free of charge. While our bar does have a higher tensile strength – what this doesn’t mean is that we will warranty against customer induced damage such as dropping the bar into metal safety pins. Depending on many variables such as the height and weight used this is just simply too much force into one area of the bar to not cause permanent deformation.
Bars come with a unique stamped end-cap design that features the famous Kabuki Squat Face as well as the weight of the bar and its country of origin (USA).
Our New Generation bars are passionately made using American steel by state-of-the-art machines, and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. We design and manufacture these bars to function for life - bars you can proudly hand down your children, and them to their children - making the world a better place through strength generation after generation.
Testing occurred throughout the entire development process for our new generation bars. Materials selection involved testing to determine the optimal steel alloy to use. Lots of testing was performed on the hardening process and figuring out a way to create the hardest bar while still allowing for whip and preventing the bar from snapping. The knurl took us many many revisions to figure out until we all agreed on the production version of the knurl – widely considered to be the best knurl in the industry. Overall this bar has been tested and retested many times with every feature and specification in mind.
In this video, our chief engineer and co-owner Chris Duffin discusses the metallurgy and science of barbells. He explains what the common numbers are data are used to describe barbells and what they mean practically in real-world performance. If you’re not convinced our bar is the best, this video will explain factually and objectively why it is.
This video shows a knurl test performed on our New Generation bar against a competitor’s bar. The test had two components: 1) Our bar held stationary against a spinning competitors bar (on lathe) and 2) The competitor’s bar held stationary against our spinning bar.
The GOAT himself, Ed Coan stopped by the Kabuki Strength booth when we were down at the US Open in San Diego and had this to say about our New Generation bars…
All New Generation barbells are plated for corrosion resistance purposes. Below you will find more information about our 3 different platting options.
This is a premium finish. Nickel Plating is used in engineering applications where high wear, corrosion resistance, and hardness are needed. Nickel plating is both more cosmetically appealing than stainless steel as well as significantly more corrosion resistant in like products than stainless steel! Nickel plating is more durable than chrome and will retain it's warm, mirror smooth polish for years until worn through. In our application we believe Nickel plating to be both superior to Stainless steel in Cosmetic Finish, Corrosion Resistance, Surface Hardness, as well as maintaining the desired strength and material characteristics of our bar. Nickel is our favorite plating option, and in our opinion also the best looking.
The same corrosion resistant coating as the Shoulderok. Shiny and bright on arrival with a hue that varies from bluish to brownish. As the bar is used this coating will develop dull, gunmetal grey patina. The default, least expensive and a very durable and corrosion-resistant option.
Black oxide or blackening is a conversion coating for ferrous materials, stainless steel, copper and copper based alloys, zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder. It is used to add mild corrosion resistance, for appearance and to minimize light reflection. We particularly like the gunmetal black finish it gives to the bar. It just looks badass in our opinion!
Does the knurling go across the entire bar, or are there gaps where the bar sits on the rear delts?
The bar is not knurled over the entire length, there is a 12 inch piece of center knurling, a 5 inch gap on each side of that, and then 16 inches of knurling to the outside of the bar.
I forgot one other ? - Sorry . The end of the bar - Does it have a hex bolt or snap ring for disassembly? I look forward to receiving your answers. Thank-you very much!!
It uses a snap ring.
could you please explain the types of finishes with the pros and cons of each. And then would you mind giving me your own personal preference? Thank you! Cant wait to order the bar!!!
The zinc and electroless nickel finishes are the most corrosion resistant and won't ever rust. The black oxide is mildly corrosion resistant and will be fine in climate controlled environments but can still rust in humid ones. The electroless nickel finish is technically harder but we've never had issues with any of our zinc products during regular use. It will also keep it's shine for a lot longer than the zinc will.
Is bare steel an option?
We've chosen not to offer an unplated version of these bars, so clear zinc will be the base finish
Regarding the blemished Squat Bar with nickel finish, could you give any specific details on the one I’d receive? I’d love to pull the trigger on this if I knew exactly what the imperfection was when placing the order. Thanks
Blemished bars are bars that have what look to be little scratches or rub marks in areas of the finish of the bar. They are purely aesthetic defects and do not affect the performance of the bar itself.