Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar
Starting Strength 20KG Bar

Starting Strength 20KG Bar

Regular price $329.00

Current Demand Has Lead Time at 1-3 Weeks.


The Starting Strength bar lineup was designed in 2018 by Buddy Capps and Texas Power Bars at the request of Mark Rippetoe for Starting Strength Gyms. These bars are bare steel all the way, a comfortable 28.5 mm* in diameter with the best knurl in the industry. The collars on the SS bars were redesigned with a bigger (3.25”) **diameter, shorter overall length, which also increases the plate space. The collars and sleeves are machined to a near smooth finish. The shafts have a center knurl (20 kg only) and dual ring marks. The 3-bar lineup includes a 20 kg, a 15 kg, and 10 kg option for all ages and strength levels. A natural steel bar that will age gracefully with your gym, The Starting Strength Bar will be your favorite piece of equipment for decades.

*15kg & 10kg are 25mm
**10kg collar is 3” OD
86.5" Length
32" and 36" ring marks
Fine knurling out to the sleeves
Raw shaft and Raw sleeves

When I started lifting weights with Olympic bars back in the 1960’s, I noticed that there was hardly any grip. The knurling on these bars was so light when the bars were new, that now years later they were almost slick. The sleeves were held on to the bar with a threaded end cap and the inside collars were held in place with a set screw. Each sleeve consisted of three pieces.

The Goal
was to create a bar that would have and keep a better knurled grip. A bar, whose sleeves wouldn’t slide in to the center. A maintenance free bar.

The Result - The Texas Power Bar

Proudly Made in the USA Since 1980. The shafts are center less ground, demagnetized and oiled to the max before shipping to Texas. Once at our production facility, we machine and then knurl each shaft to create a grip that is still the best in the industry. Texas Power Bars have different finishes available including black zinc and chrome plating.The sleeves are are available raw or chrome plated.

Big tensile strength numbers sound very impressive and we have them but, the proof is on the platform. Hundreds of state, national, international and world powerlifting records have been and continue to be set and broken on the The Texas Power Bar.

•1985 Fred Hatfield 1002lb Squat
•2007 Charles Bailey 1102lb Squat
•2016 Tiny Meeker 1102lb Bench Press
•2016 Yuri Belkin 992lb Deadlift at GPA World championship in Moscow
•2017 Joseph Pena 1025lb Squat at Texas High School championships.
•1994 Mark Hanlon and 8X Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman pulled 1200lb deadlift with the Texas Power Bar.

NFL combine

In the beginning:

1st World Championship for the Texas Power Bar was 1984 in Dallas, TX.
•1981 Senior Nationals
•1982 Nationals
•1983 Teenage and Collegiate Nationals
•1984 High School Nationals, Women's Nationals, Junior Worlds

In the middle:

The Texas Power Bar has been in countless local, state, national and international meets around the globe annually.


World Powerlifting Championships

•2010-2011 United States 🇺🇸
•2012 Argentina 🇦🇷
•2013 Finland 🇫🇮
•2014 Australia 🇦🇺
•2015 United States 🇺🇸
•2016 Russia 🇷🇺
•2017 Argentina 🇦🇷

American Powerlifting Championships

Since 2010

Customer Reviews

Based on 84 reviews
Better than the rest

I’ve had this bar for over a year and it’s by far my favorite! I also own several AB power bars and others from Ohio. Those are fine too but the knurl, bare steel shaft, collars, sleeves, and diameter make the SS so much better. It’s the sum of the parts which exceeds the whole.The bare steel combined with the medium knurl makes this an unbeatable combination for nearly all lifts. The build quality is second to none with almost no slop in the sleeve or machining of the knurl. I do prefer a 29m bar for squatting but the tackiness of the bare steel more than makes up for difference. I really like the thicker collars which tends to give the bar a nice balance and equilibrium when lifting. I have a Rogue rack (which is 49” wide) and those thicker collars help avoid banging the uprights which is an issue with those thin competition collars on some bars. The bottom line: this is a life long bar and truly exceptional for all your needs. Just get it. I’ve yet to find its limitation.

Keith Gouveia
Excellent quality

The knurling on this bar is fantastic. I didn’t think a quality bar mattered until this one arrived and I held it. The dark steel is very attractive as well. It’s nice to have a quality piece of gear.

John D.
Good things come to those who wait.

I ordered my SS 20Kg bar after much debate between it and the Ohio Power Bar from Rogue and the B&R bar from Rogue. Texas Power Bars in Irving TX appealed to me for several reasons including their bar design, construction, reputation for quality, and the fact that they are a small ling time family owned shop from Irving Texas, the long time home of my grand parents. What i did not realize when I placed my order is that TPBs as a small company has really invested heavily in their product, materials, and construction but that they are not as modern or advanced in the automation of order statusing or lead time estimation. I did not get a lead time estimation at the time I placed my order and when I enquired about its progress a few times before i got the ship notice the estimation was always the same polite “We are working hard to get to your bar and will ship it as soon as it has been built. We are hoping to be done with it next week”. Long story short it took about eight weeks for my bar to ship, but when i got it it was clear that it was worth the wait. I do own a Rogue barbell as well and its a really well made bar but my new TPB is far superior in construction in my view. If you have the patience TPB will reward you with a bar you can be proud to own and operate for the rest of your lifting days and likely pass on to your kids, grand kids, etc. Excellent product made by excellent people for those with a little patience.

Morgan Taylor
Took over 3 months

Took over 3 months for my bar to be ready for pickup. I live 30 minutes from their facility in Irving so I just opted for local pickup instead of delivery. I was very excited to get my new bar since for the past 2 years I've been using the same cheap amazon bar I found on craigslist for $90 at the start of the plandemic.

I would have been fine with waiting 3 months if I would've been told when I bought the bar that it would've taken a while for it to be made. I would've totally understood. I get that there is supply chain problems and such, just a little heads up would've been nice.

But the bar is really nice, the knurling is spot on. Not too aggressive. Just right.

Andy Gunn
Quality throughout

Ordered my SS bar and received it in the UK less than two weeks after order.
The bar is the best in the business and is a real nice piece. I will get many years of solid lifting with this bar.