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The Squat Bar

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    • Zinc Lead Time:  4 weeks
    • Black Oxide Lead Time:  8 weeks
    • Despite our best abilities and attempts, due to supply chain constraints and quality issues we are uncertain if the nickel finish bar will be available for sale in the future.
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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 bar currently 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 other piece of engineering that we are proud of, is the knurl itself.  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 in which to create friction. 


Lastly, another small feature to differentiate our bar is the center marks in the knurl. We wanted to leave the squat 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 to your children, and them to their children - making the world a better place through strength generation after generation. 



Metallurgy 101

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.


Knurl Test 

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.


Ed Coan Review

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!



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  • The quality of your duffalo bar brings me here first to purchase a new bar. I’m looking for a bar i can use to squat and perform OLY lifting with. Please help

    Thanks for the interst in the Duffalo Bar! It's a great tool for back and front squats, as well as bench and incline pressing. However to be honest I would not reccomend this bar for movements such as clean/snatch/jerk and there variations. We are looking into producing a specific Olympic bar in the distanct future, but I don't want you to purcahse a bar that dose not fit your needs.

  • 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. 

  • Your bushings - How do they compare to needle bearings? Does the bar require maintenance? The pic of the bar by itself - what finish is it? Do you have a pic you could post of the bar in each of the three finishes? Thank-you!

    As for the bushings vs. bearings, the bushing doesn't let the bar spin as much.  However, the bushings are much stronger.  

    The bar does not require any maintenance.  

    We will have pictures of all three finishes soon, but if you want a picture sooner, the finishes on our duffalo bars are the same, and are available on our website.

  • 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!!!

    Hey Kim,

    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?

    Hey Steven,

    We've chosen not to offer an unplated version of these bars, so clear zinc will be the base finish

  • Good morning. I am excited to have already purchased the deadlift bar which is acceptable on the USPA platform. I am wondering what finishes for the squat and power bars are also USPA platform approved. I will be ordering them ASAP. Thank you

    Cerakote is not legal on USPA or IPL platforms, so you would need to select zinc plating or the black oxide finish.

  • Do your barbells have grooves on the sleeves? (not happy with this feature on my Ohio Power Bar)

    Yes, our sleeves are machined and do have grooves, but they are a bit finer than the Rogue Ohio Bar.  Sleeves are designed that way to create friction, so the plates don't slide as easily when the bar is not perfectly level during a lift.

  • Hi I’ve already placed an order for the squat bar but realise I might have a slight issue with the length as it’ll be for my garage gym which is limited in space. So my request is whether you can customise it to a regular size bar, ie. 86.5 inches but with the same 32mm diameter. Regards Ashton

    Unfortunately, we are unable to create custom-sized barbells.  Please reach out to Customer Service, if you need any assistance with your order at

  • Can you clarify the knurling for the Squat Bar? In the product description it says the knurling goes across the entire length of the bar, but in some of the questions below it says it's knurled like a regular power bar.

    The knurling for the Squat Bar goes completely across the center bar.  However, there are marks for the exact center of the bar, as well as for hand placement.

  • Do you ship to Ireland and how much would shipping be?

    In order to obtain a shipping quote, we would need the full shipping address.  The best way to obtain that estimate is to go to our website and add the items you want to your online cart.  Then, during the check-out process, you will enter your shipping address.  At that time, all shipping options for that location will auto-populate.  You may select the best option for you, based on rate and shipping time.  Most of our international customers prefer to use UPS Worldwide Expedited Shipping, since that has most packages arriving within a week and also covers customs brokerage fees.  VAT and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer and UPS will collect those prior to delivery, if applicable.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Hi there, I wonder if the nickel coating will cause any problems for people with nickel allergy? Best Regards Øyvind

    If someone has an allergy to nickel, it would not be a stretch to think that the nickel coating could cause issues.  Zinc or black oxide would be a better option.

  • Hi Does the knurling on the squat bar go across the entire bar?

    Yes, as stated on the product page, this bar is fully knurled across the entire center bar.

  • Can you make the me a powerlifting bar with the same specifications as your squat bar, but 86inch long and 32mm shaft?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to create custom barbells for clients.

  • Can you make me a powerlifting bar that is the same as the squat bar in terms of it being 86’ in length and 32mm thick and stainless steel.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to do any stainless steel bars, since we don't currently purchase or use any stainless material and we cannot heat treat stainless steel the same way we currently treat our bars.

  • Can you please tell me the distance between the sleeves? Sorry if this info is already included on this page somewhere and I overlooked it. Thanks.

    The distance between the sleeves (of the actual center bar) 56.5 inches, give or take a little.

  • 32mm bar is very hard to find, please take my money love sam


  • where is it being shipped from state? I want to estimate time it takes to get it

    We do currently have squat bars in inventory. For an exact answer email with your desired plating option and they will let you know.

  • Can this bar be shipped to an APO address

    Unfortunately the bar is too long to be shipped via USPS and so we won't be able to ship it to an APO address unless they also have service from UPS. 

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