CT, I’m looking into purchasing an Olympic BB, as I have grown tired of using standard barbells for olympic lifts. My wrists and elbows have taken a beating recently, and I am wanting to find a reasonably inexpensive barbell. Instead of asking about a specific brand, I was wondering if you might have any insight into the differences between a barbell with bushings v. bearings?
I’m specifically looking into Pendlay, Rogue, and York barbells. I’ve heard good things about them, but the only barbells I’ve ever used for Olympic lifting are Eleiko barbells, which are obviously more expensive than I would like. Thanks for any help and insights, I really appreciate it. [/quote]
I personally bought a Pendlay bearing bar and love it. If you plan on doing plenty of olympic lifts, get a bearing bar.
York really is not what it used to be, I don’t like their olympic lifting bars now.
Eleiko is obviously the top of the line but not affordable to all.
Rogue has about 2000 different bars. I only have experience with their all-purpose crossfit bar and women’s olympic lifting bar. The first is not an olympic lifting bar so it doesn’t count and the women bar’s knurling is too rough so it might be the same thing with their men’s bar. As I mentioned, they have many other bars but I have no experience with them.
You can’t go wrong with a Pendlay bearing bar. Almost as good as Eleiko for half the price…