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I love this little barbell - it's very versatile. I use it to work grip strength for deadlifts and pulls, to stabilize the camber bar attachment for squats, and it is my absolute go to barbell for the landmine. This thing can really take a beating. Also hard to beat the price and fast, free shipping.
Shipping took 2 days, just in time for some grip training. This bar is an insane deal.
-weighed in at exactly 30lbs
-doesn't bend with 600+lbs
-All of my Rogue bumpers, Hi-temps, and standard iron plates fit. Plate compatibility seemed to be an issue for some previous buyers, but all my plates fit totally great. Not sure about competition plates/color coded kilo plates. Be aware before you buy.
- only real con is no knurling lines - measure them out + some duct tape or athletic tape works just fine.
If you're looking to find a good affordable Axle bar look no further. And if you buy it, use it. Get strong.
I reviewed this item before and stated that my Troy rubber encased plated didn't fit. After a few months of wearing down paint on the sleeves of this bar, my plates now fit. They're tight but they still slide on without problems. Since the fit is tight I don't need to use clips to hold the plates on so that's an added bonus. Only other con is that the bar is very light. Should probably add 10s on each side to compensate so that your gym math adds up. All in all a great purchase for my home gym.
*Unbelievable Shipping speed
*Fits all of my plates
*Spring collars fit snug
*Pressed 215 today with it out of a rack
* Weighs 25lbs not 30lbs like it says in the product description
*No Knurling or rings for your fingers I used duct tape
so this was an easy fix
You won't find a cheaper 7' Axle bar out there.
Got this on sale for $44 and compared to the $125 Rogue Axle Bar this thing is great for it's intended use. I don't see any real difference except the name brand between this one and the Rogue, the bar looks freaking sick in the all black and I've only used a couple of times so far since receiving a few days ago but I can feel the extra work in my grip and forearms. I prefer something like this than using straps to hold onto the bar, in my eyes that's cheating! lol but to each their own.
I mostly use this as a beater bar for my landmine. It's durable and gets the job done. Can't beat it for the price!
Mine came packaged well. Bar was in decent shape, but had powder coat already worn off in a couple spots. Bar did not have end-caps, though not sure if Titan has just done away them maybe? It is a axle barbell so looks are a moot point really. As a couple of others have stated it doesn't way the full 30 lbs. as listed in the specifications section on Titan's website. For the money you can't beat it. 4 stars.
What have I got to loose, for $47 for this axle? I want to use it mainly as a T-bar row. My Ivanko Revolver plates don't fit on this thick bar, but my York Iso-Grip Rubber plates (with a metal ring center) do. Paint on this bar looks great. Thick heavy steel. No End- Caps. Few scuff marks here and there, but no dents. So Glad I didn't buy Rogue axle. After all it is just an Axle.
Great axle bar for the money. Does not weigh 30 lbs though. I also wish there were marks or knurling of some sort to help determine if I'm holding the bar in the center or not. It's cool, I measured it and used a Liquid paper pen to mark the center. I've had no issues with plates fitting, in fact they fit quite nicely when compared to other custom third party bars. The axle bar is a great addition to my gym. Thanks again, Titan!
Incredible that you can get an axle to your doorstep for what plumbing pipe would cost at Home Depot.
Regarding plate compatibility - it's a little hit-or-miss. High end ones won't fit as is, but most you'd see at a crossfit gym would be fine. Here's what I had at the gym to test with - we mostly use the Echo Bumpers for strongman stuff:
Rogue Echo Bumpers - fit but snug
Rogue Training 2.0 Plates (Competition style bumpers) - doesn't fit
Pendlay Competition Bumpers - doesn't fit
Rogue Calibrated Metal Plates - doesn't fit
York Legacy Milled Iron Plates - fit fine
Troy Interlocking Plates - most fit, some didn't
So the proper outside diameter of a bar is 50mm, which is a little less than 2". In the US, most axles are made with plumbing pipe, which is 1.5" inside diameter and like 1.87" outside diameter. That means plates are loose and regular collars don't work. If you used 2" outside diameter steel tubing or rod, only the cheapest metal plates fit, because cheap plates tend to have extra big holes due to lower tolerances. Now in China or wherever this is made, they use metric sizes for steel, so this appears to be 50mm outside diameter tubing. So that should be perfect, but it might not have very tight tolerances (the outside diameter might vary a bit), and they powder coat on top of it which adds some thickness. I'm pretty sure after sanding the powder coat off with a flap disk the high end plates would fit but I haven't tested it yet. And the Rogue Echo plates that were kind of tight when I got it are sliding on a lot better now after a few months of use.
As an additional side note, mine weighed like 26 lbs, not quite the 30 advertised.
On Titan equipment in general, the welds and powder coat job aren't perfect, but pretty good.
But, it's so so cheap, and shows up at your door in 2-3 days. You can buy 3 of them for less money than a Rogue one with shipping. If you're concerned your plates won't fit, you can buy this axle, an angle grinder, and flap discs, and you'd still be paying only a little over half what you would buying from elsewhere.
If you want a high-end axle though, I'd still get an Ironmind - one of the only ones with the proper diameter for regular collars and built stronger than the plumbing pipe axles. But Titan is second to none for a decent axle at a ridiculously low price. I'm giving it 5 stars despite some flaws because the price is so good it's still a steal.
Its less than half the price of competitor axles. Paint doesnt seem like its gonna hold up for very long though. Came with some scratches and bare spots out of box. Welds seem good.
Bar is not 30 pounds as listed. Mine weighed in slightly under 25. Which is fine, because it matched the weight of my Rogue axle. This bar is slightly larger diameter. Vulcan bumper plates fit sloppy on my Rogue axle, but they fit very snug on the Titan axle. This is probably closer to Olympic size ends than most axles.
Would like to see some some type of ring marks etched if posssible.
For the price I'm happy.
Can't beat the price. Have no problems with weight fitting on this bar. Troy, titan even the over priced Rogue plates. Metal and Bumber plates fit fine. I have ordered 7 of these already for my small group training classes. Utilized the hole at the end of the bar for chain yokes and zercher carries up to 700 lbs. Deadlifted over 640lbs with no problems from this bar. We are using this bar in our up coming Strongman Contest.
Bought this bar because for $50, it was hard to pass up. However, my Troy rubber encased grip plates don't fit. I was extremely disappointed. I'm going to still keep it though. I was thinking about switching out my Troy plates for the Rogue six shooters (or Titan's if they ever make a six shooter plate). If my next set of plates don't fit then I'll just end up selling it
This is a great value. All my plates fit and the paint doesn't have any issues.
I've had my axle bar a little over a month now and have nothing bad to say other than a small cosmetic blemish with one of the welds. absolutely no problems fitting bumpers or metal plates on the bar, however if you plan on using bumpers just know that since its a fixed bar the bumpers wont spin when you attempt a clean, metal plates will. this bar is great though its cheaper and 5 pounds heavier than its competitor at Rouge, great job Titan I will definitely be coming back for more equipment.
I purchased 4 of these axles and I love them. At this price with free shipping you can't wrong. All of our bumpers fit. They are York and CFF. Also all of our steel weights fit. They are Iron Grip, Ivanko, and York. You can't go wrong with this axle.
I had been looking at axle bars for awhile but just could justify paying $100+ for one. Then I found Titan had a 7' axle for under $50, so I pulled the trigger and bought it. I couldn't be happier with this bar. It is what it is, a thick, ugly bar that will make you think twice about how strong your grip and forearms are! If you are like I was and on the fence about an axle because for other companies prices Get this one from Titan for the price you won't be disappointed.
Picked up this bar to start axle training. Can't believe other companies charge so much, but Titan has a winner here. Rackable, thick steel wall pipe, and no frills are exactly what I was looking for. This pipe is metric and is much closer to 2" OD than typical 1.5" pipe used in many strongman implements, and the powder coat is thick enough that tighter tolerance plates and bumpers may not fit until it wears down a bit. The good news is that regular collars work just fine. All in all a solid buy, and the price is tough to beat.
Good price! Only thing I hate is my bumpers won't fit. Maybe after the finish wears off the ends of the axle they will slide on. If not I might go and get it machines down a tad
This axle bar is made exactly the same as every other axle bar, but costs significantly less delivered to your door!
The bar is 84" long and presumably made of 1.5" schedule 40 pipe (1.9" outside diameter). My Ivanko iron plates fit just fine and my no-name bumper plates also fit just fine. I have Rogue Axle clamps to secure the weights and those too fit just fine.
In summary, this axle bar/fat barbell does exactly the same thing as any other brand and it seems to be compatible with the industry standard for this style of implement.
The finish on the barbell is a pleasantly grippy black texture (probably powder coat). My barbell arrived in perfectly fine shape, no scratches or rust to be found.
I bought an axel bar from Titan Fitness last week and tried to load it with my Rogue bumper plate this evening. Both the bar and the plates are “Olympic” sizing. How could there be any issues....
While the Rogue Plates are Olympic in diameter, the collar opening is as follows:
- Collar Opening: 50.40mm / 1.98 inches
The Titan Axel bar is spec’d as follows:
- Grip and sleeve diameter: 1.9"
- Fits: 2" Olympic plates
So if the Axel grip and sleeve diameter is 1.9" and the Rogue Collar Opening is 1.98", you would think the plates would be compatible. That would be a terrible assumption as I found out this evening. ROGUE PLATES WITH 1.98" COLLAR OPENINGS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THIS PRODUCT.
So….. If you have Rogue weight with 1.98" openings and you are buying from Titan, you might want to pick up the phone and be sure that what you are ordering is compatible.
TO TITAN'S CREDIT, THEY OFFERED ME A FULL REFUND WHICH WAS A STRONG MOVE AND DEEPENS MY LOYALTY TO THEM.
Received package and it was shipped quick and undamaged. Received 2 days after purchased. Axle bars usually cost $100 up to $175 plus. The titan axle barbell is sturdy and able to handle good weight for the price range. The bars paint job could be better though. The paint was flaking off in areas and rust residue was on the bar which for being new shouldn't have had that on the bar. Would be better if they left it more raw unpainted or used a higher quality paint. Overall for the price it's a good buy. I did buy both the 7' and 5' axle bar. Same review for both.