This is a good bar: well balanced, stiff, no play in the collars, moderate knurling, including center knurling for squats. Took a star off for packaging/delivery. Usually don't care, but there was no packaging -- not even a plastic sleeve -- and FEDEX left it in my driveway in the rain all day. No scratches or dings visible, and hopefully no rain got into the collar bearings. Time will tell.
No issues here. The bar works phenomenal. Feels smooth throughout entire set of squats and bench. The only reason why I'm giving it 4 on quality is because it arrived with a couple of dings on one of the ends. Notified Titan and they gave me a credit which I agreed to vs sending it off to get replaced since I didn't think it was that big of an issue. Overall very satisfied.
I got this bar to replace a cheaper one I had and I must say "this is a great bar!". I am a trainer and know a quality bar and this is one. The collars spin great and I haven't had any issues with the use of this bar. I have loaded to 450lbs and it held up great, unlike my other bar which would start curving at 315 on squats. For the money, you can't beat the quality. The knurling is just right for me even at heavy weight.
I've done a lot of research and I couldn't find a competitor out there that comes close to quality of the this bar for such a low price. Yes, there are better bars but expect to pay about 2 to 3 times as much. The knurling is just right, the end cap is tight. It's a good looking solid bar and more importantly it's a great value!
I'm by no means an expert on weightlifting bars, and I wouldn't be able to tell you the difference between this bar compared to more expensive ones found online. What I can say is that this bar seems very solidly built and designed to last a lifetime. I put some CAP brand plates on it and there is a gap, so I've only been doing deadlifts until I get some clips to hold them in place.
Overall a decent buy. It's not the greatest but for the price you can't beat it. The knurling needs to be rougher. Once My hands get sweat on them it's difficult to hold on to at times. Chalk helps. The chrome paint chips off very easily and it began to rust literally the second day I had it in my garage, but I live in south Florida and with the humidity I already expected that. I've loaded the bar with 350lbs+ and have had no issues there. The first bar I received was falling out of the tube they sent it in resulting in pretty bad damage. They sent me a replacement immediately after I sent them a picture. I would purchase this bar again because of the price.
I looked at many different bars before buying this one at a fraction of the price.
I searched for a new Olympic bar for a long time, looking for one that could handle more weight. My previous Olympic bar maxed out at 300lbs and I outgrew it. I must say I am very, very happy with this purchase. The bar held 330lbs already and I barely felt it. Bar felt solid and came in perfect condition.
A great looking bar with even better performance!
I got this bar with 10% off, it was a steal. It weights 46 lbs, and a VERY solid bar. My ONLY gripe with it is the knurling is extremely light, making it a bit difficult to use this for deadlifts.
The Good: The bar is exactly what it says it is. Balance point is good the and the cap ends are tight with little to no play. Spin is good and even.
The Bad: The packaging was fairly flimsly and got pretty wrecked in transit, and as a result was delayed at Fedex, requiring relabeling and repackaging. The chrome finish got pretty banged up.
The Other: The knurling is very light, some folks like this, some don't. It is noticably different from other bars. I haven't made any judgement on it, but the girls that have used the bar for highbar squats like it better because of the gentler knurling.
The bar is a bit thicker than the 28.5 diameter that you'll find on other bars, so you might notice this on grip intensive exercises (again, neither bad nor good, just different).
The bushings were very dry on receipt so if you've got a cerclip wrench, I'd recommend pulling the ends and greasing the bar. If not, I'd use some breakfree CLP.
TL:DR version - decent bar, different - very stiff, Olympic Knurl ring spacing. $95 is a bargain for what you get.
Just received this bar about 2 days ago. Used it a couple times so far and it seems sturdy. The knurling isn't very deep, but I'm only using it to bench and squat. It has a pretty good spin. A good budget bar so far.