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Welcome to the product page for the last power bar you'll ever buy, just because it's that good. This bar is our IPF spec, multi purpose, power bar. It is a 29mm bar, with aggressive but not overly sharp Kabuknurl (our proprietary knurl pattern/type), and standard powerlifting markings.
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.
We are very proud of the other piece of engineering that went into this bar - the knurl. 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 contact points per square inch and creating more surface area in which to create friction.
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.
The attention to detail, material selection, construction quality, and performance of this bar place it in a class of its own, something we can say about all Kabuki barbells and products. We are passionate about doing things right, putting our customers first, and taking the time to craft something beautiful that we can all be proud of.
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.
Bars come with our beloved and unique stamped end-cap design that features the Kabuki Squat Face iconography as well as the weight of the bar and its country of origin (USA).
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 bar against a competitor’s power 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.
All New Generation barbells are plated for corrosion resistance purposes. Below you will find more information about our 3 different variants.
1. Black Oxide Bar with Nickel Sleeves
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!
The Nickel plating on the sleeves 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.
2. "Blood Red" Cerakote with Black Oxide Sleeves
Cerakote is a ceramic based coating, originally used in the firearms industry for its excellent corrosion resistance and wear characteristics without excessive coating buildup. This version features a signature Kabuki "Blood Red" color that pairs well with the gunmetal black oxide sleeves. Our newest, and favorite variant by far!
3. Full Black Oxide Bar
A gorgeous, blacked-out bar and our least expensive option.
Limited Edition Cerakote Colors
For a time only, the Power Bar is available in two beautiful new cerakote colors--a subtle Smoky Graphite and a vibrant Bright Aqua. Both colors are accented by the chromatic glow of nickel sleeves.
GarageGymReviews.com reviewed the New Generation Power Bar soon after it was launched, and had this to say about the bar. Click here for full reivew.
"The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is the best power bar we've tested to date. Everything from the knurling to the tensile strength of the steel is superior to other power bars we've reviewed including our previous favorite, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar. If you're looking for the best, and are willing to spend money to get it, then this is a bar we highly recommend."
GarageGymLab.com also did a long, in-depth review on the Power Bar and rated it a 9.6 out of 10. You can read the full review here.
"The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is an outstanding all-purpose power bar that delivers performance and aesthetics. While it's a pricey barbell, it is a premium bar that will last a lifetime."
The GOAT himself, Ed Coan stopped by the Kabuki Strength booth when we were down at the US Open in San Diego a few years back and had this to say about our new generation bars (a prototype at the time)…
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