Simply put from products to service, my experience was amazing. Thank you!
I have the Ohio Power bar and the the Ohio bar but I just got the Texas Bodybuilding Bar. This one blows them away. The 27mm diameter is just right for my hands. The knurling is perfect and the triple hand alignment marks make setting up for JM presses easier for me. I just ordered a second one. I only wish they offered a version without the sleeves to use with the old school York plates with 1 1/8 inch holes.
Really liking the body building bar.
Love the bar, arrived at my door 7 days after ordering. The ONLY reason a 4 star rating was given is because bare steel sleeves were "sold out" and I couldn't get the bar with them. The chrome coating makes the sleeves more resistant to rust but they also tend to be more slick for weight plates.
This bar is very unique at 27 mm in diameter it's perfect for deadlifts and positioning the bar at the base of your palm for presses so there is less wrist torque. It's also the same length as a regular bar so it's easy to maneuver in a rack. I'm very impressed with the abrupt stopping and starting of the knurling, especially considering that there are 6 knurl marks on the bar! The knurling feels like volcano type that is less deep than the Ohio power bar but there are more volcanoes per square inch on the bodybuilding bar, which is ideal for an all around bar. This is not meant for squats. At only 225lbs I was able to induce some slight whip with it on my back. That's fine, there are specific squat bars for squatting.
All in all, I'm impressed with TPB for even making this unique bar. Almost all bars are either power- or weightlifting bars or cookie cutter hybrid bars. TPB has very diverse barbell offerings, compared to other barbell manufacturers, when you consider that they make this bar, the Monster Squat Bar and everything else in-between!
I ordered a Power Bar during Covid. It took 14 weeks to get due to shortages. About 2 weeks after I received it I received a check which was 10% of the purchase price. Basically saying sorry for the amount of time it took. Buddy didnt have to do that. Everybody was having issues with raw materials. Right there I said any and all bars that I buy from now on will be Buddy's bars. I just ordered another one. Awesome company with great products.