Great for strength training. It hold up excellently even with rack pulls of 600 lbs. Great knurl and strong
The Bar shipped the day after I ordered and was recieved within a week. Spin and knurl are amazing. Overall the QC leaves a lot to be desired though - tooling scuffs and marks on the shaft. One of the ring marks has very visible black spots that are rough to the touch. Its only cosmetic but I am concerned this area will corrode at a higher rate than the rest of the bar. Reached out to customer service about the concern and never received a response.
but I really like the bar. Haven’t barbell trained in 20 years, but I vaguely recall when working with a substandard bar. I love my Starting Strength barbell, definitely worth the money if you can afford it. Happy with my purchase. Shipping was super fast, and it was very well packaged.
Order placed with 2-3 week expected lead time ... delivered on time, packed extremely well and in perfect condition. Bar is well made and is the only general purpose bar we will ever need for our home gym. Our gym is outside under a carport in the Pacific Northwest ... the bare steel bar does get some flash surface rust on it over time, but it's exposed to wet, cold, very humid weather all winter long. Periodic maintenance with some ScotchBrite or wire brush and 3 in 1 oil keeps the bar looking good. Looking forward to years of lifting with this bar.
I debated for awhile on which bar to get. I’m really glad I went with the Starting Strength bar. The knurling and feel of the bar in your hand is second to none. I’ve been a fan of Texas Bars for years, and this is my favorite one yet.