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 88 reviews
Adam Newport
Better than Ohio Power Bar

Ohio Power Bar was my 1st purchase and has served me well. My new SS Texas power bar has a less aggressive knurl but actually feels tackier in the hands. Feels like there is a little more whip-flex to the bar compared to the Ohio which I prefer. Bar came in perfect condition, no regrets and worth the money.

Welcome to Gainzville

Been using a cheap piece of sh#t last couple of years. Just recently started the NLP starting strength and heard about the SS BAR from Rippetoe on social media so I did my due diligence and purchased one and let me tell you it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Would recommend to anyone!!

David Heon
Starting Strength Tulsa Gym loves these new Barbells

Great barbell . Diameter of 28.5 ( between the 29 of power bars and the 28 of the Olympic bars). Knurl is one of the best. One of the most versatile barbells in the industry. These bars stand up well to constant use in these Starting Strength Gyms . Well done .

Great Bar

I purchased this bar after having used the Starting Strength bar at one of Rip’s seminars in Wichita Falls. The bar was delivered promptly in first class condition. Prior to use, I did give it a good cleaning to remove any machining lubricant from the knurled surface. I have found that the knurling is “just right” - fine enough that it doesn’t tear up your hands and sharp enough that the grip is excellent. The 28.5 mm bar diameter is an easier grab than my previous 30 mm bar. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase.

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.