I can highly recommend the pendlay bearing bar. I have trained extensively on it the last 4-5 months. I havent been able to make it to the gym to use the elikos. Had to train at work with my pendlay 5-6 workouts per week. I would personally take it over the elikos at this point.
The knurling is gorgeous. Really "locks" you into the bar. this becomes better and better as you season the bar and break it in. That being said the knurling is the furthest thing from harsh. My hands have been in great shape and it doesnt chew them up at all. The elikos on the other hand hack my thumb to bits on saturdays. I didnt notice this until i worked with the pendaly. Life can be good on your thumbs.
the matte finish on the pendlay is also nice because it doesnt get that greasy feel without chalk. I can get a few warm up sets in chalk free and I am a chalk whore. Sweatiest hands ever. I chalk up to eat dinner its that bad.
The whip on the pendlay is nice too. Same as the elikos as far as i can tell. Rotation is smooth too. No maintenance needed so far but if there were case where it needed some i have total confidence in the Pendlay guys. I have nothing but good service from them and i probly emailed them a billion times before actually buying anything and they took some unnecessary time for me. I'm a really shitty consumer like that.
Needless to say im impressed. Some of my best PR's are on that bar and I really wish i could keep using it but the noise complaint assholes at work are out in force, cushy platform or not. Fussy skirts.
I've also lifted on a york at a local "performance" center and it doesnt come close. I cant stress enough that when you buy a bar to go for one that you like no matter the quality. In this game the bar is everything. It's your training partner, your opponent and your child all at the same time. You rely on it to make you stronger and faster. you rely on it to challenge you. And despite all that it's your job to help the bar "move up" in life as it were.