I believe Troy Barbell makes the Texas Power Bar and not Capp. I'm not sure if the Capp is a knockoff or not, and can't comment on the quality. Mine is from Troy.
There's been a lot of talk about who's making what with regards to the Texas Power Bar...
Buddy Capp is the original inventor of the bar. He sold the rights to Troy a few years back. Some said Troy was building them, some said Buddy was building them.
Elite sells the bar, and I talked to Jim a while back and he said their bars were built by Buddy.
I talked to another guy who has talked to Buddy about being a distributor for his bar, and he says that Buddy is building them for everyone even though Troy claims they are building them, Buddy says they just sell them.
At any rate, what I can tell you is that the current TPB is not the same as it was years back. Something is different. They bend much easier. It's still a decent bar for the money, but if you're going to really beat on it, it's not going to last like they once did.
FWIW, I've heard a rumor that Pendlay will be making a Powerlifting bar very soon. If it's anything like his other bars in terms of quality and stability, that's the route I'd go.
Well I'm not deadlifting 600lbs or anything like that so I don't think its durability will be a problem for me. I don't drop weights either.
I can't really hold out for a rumored Pendlay power bar, my CAP barbell is starting to act weird.
Thanks for the info though, I remembered reading that Buddy Capp was the "pioneer" of the TPB but I wasn't sure if I read wrong or not.
That's good information Dominator.
For what it's worth, I have pulled 585lbs numerous times and a couple of 600's from the floor with my Texas Power bar with no problems. I have a POS bar that I use for rack pulls, but I've used the Texas Power Bar for Elevated Deads and have pulled 615-735 8 or 10 times and no problems. I don't feel like it has too much give, and the grip is perfect for me. And while I don't physically let go of the bar after a pull, I certainly don't have any eccentric phase to the DL, so it's coming down with a fair amount of force.
I also like it for Squats. Even with over 500lbs it doesn't have any whip and the bend isn't too much compared to many other bars I've used.
I think it's a keeper...I really have no complaints. The biggest problem is when I train somewhere else that only has shitty bars.