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Which Olympic Bar?

Hey everyone, I’m looking for an olympic bar because the cheapo one I have from Sports Authority has gaps between the sleeves and the handle. The result is a very loud clanging sound when dropped with weights.

So I’m looking for a good quality olympic bar (I’m not in competition or anything). I don’t plan on lifting 300+ lbs, and I’m ways away from that right now. I’ve searched this site and seen names like Eleiko and Ivanko, but they’re just way too expensive for me. So I’m considering the Pendlay Economy Bar or the York International Mens Needle Bearing Bar.

Which one of these should I go for, or is there a better bar for the same prices?

York
http://www.bsolympicgym.com/proddetail.asp?prod=6000&cat=50

Pendlay
http://www.bsolympicgym.com/proddetail.asp?prod=4008&cat=50

Thanks in advance!

I’d go Pendlay. Spend another $140 or so for the Pendlay Men’s Bar and you’ll have yourself a bar that is guaranteed for life.

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/im-0022tp.html

rated for 1000 pounds

if you want a good all around bar that’s inexpensive, the pendlay mens bar is the way to go. very good construction for the price. the power bar from elitefts is a good buy too. the ny barbell bar doesn’t have much spin to it at all. its fine for the powerlifts but if you’re doing a lot of olympic type lifts you may be a bit dissapointed.

[quote]robo1 wrote:
if you want a good all around bar that’s inexpensive, the pendlay mens bar is the way to go. very good construction for the price. the power bar from elitefts is a good buy too. the ny barbell bar doesn’t have much spin to it at all. its fine for the powerlifts but if you’re doing a lot of olympic type lifts you may be a bit dissapointed.[/quote]

thanks everyone for the replies. and robo1, are you referring to the “texas power bar,” or just the “power bar” from elitefts?

What are the bars that they sell at dicks and sports authority? They have 255 pound weight stacks and 45 olympic bar for 100 bucks. are those bars any good? what are the key attributes to look for?

I have been using the Pendlay bar for a few months now (I’m actually using his top bar), and I can give this bar my seal of approval!

This bar really is as nice as an Eleiko. The bar spins wonderfully and flexes very nice.

Only bad thing I can say about them is that the sleeves are such that you pretty much have to use a collar with iron weights. Aside from that, I can’t find a thing wrong with them.

Bottom line is that you get twice the value with the price of the Pendlay bar.

[quote]jaberocs wrote:
robo1 wrote:
if you want a good all around bar that’s inexpensive, the pendlay mens bar is the way to go. very good construction for the price. the power bar from elitefts is a good buy too. the ny barbell bar doesn’t have much spin to it at all. its fine for the powerlifts but if you’re doing a lot of olympic type lifts you may be a bit dissapointed.

thanks everyone for the replies. and robo1, are you referring to the “texas power bar,” or just the “power bar” from elitefts?
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the texas power bar. its bit cheaper than the pendlay. and a bit stiffer too.
http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=211&pid=378

Alright I went ahead and got the Pendlay Men’s Bar. Thanks everyone for your advice and input!

[quote]Hawkson101 wrote:
What are the bars that they sell at dicks and sports authority? They have 255 pound weight stacks and 45 olympic bar for 100 bucks. are those bars any good? what are the key attributes to look for?[/quote]

they are good bars to tear up load it with anything 500 up expect it to turn into a banana and they have NO spin.

I use one for things Like rack pulls some times etc things that may beat the hell out of a good bar. Ive load one with 800+ LOL but not sure I trust em wouldnt put it on my back with that

Phill