Let’s review Vulcan Olympic Weightlifting Bars.
There are two types of bar. The first one is the Power bar, and the other one is the Olympic bar (Oly bar), also known as the weightlifting bar. The Olympic bars are made better with high-quality steel and can handle greater loads. They come in several kinds to be used for Power Lifters, Olympic Lifting, Weight Lifting, and various knurling patterns to cater different activities.
Here are some of the styles we are going to look at:
Vulcan Olympic Weightlifting Bars – Overview
Vulcan Strength is a principal supplier of Olympic weightlifting equipment, CrossFit Equipment, Home Gym Equipment, and Commercial Gym Fitness Equipment. They are continually improving new and innovative products to satisfy today’s strength training needs. They extend the highest caliber products available on today’s market, and one of their integral beliefs is their commitment to achieving customer satisfaction.
Vulcan makes different kinds of Olympic bars with different features for different uses. They meet the IWF Specs for dimensions and weight tolerances offering medium to aggressive knurling. They are also backed up with a lifetime warranty from bending or sleeves departing. Let’s explore these Olympic bars one by one.
Men’s Absolute Stainless Steel Olympic Barbell
The Men’s Absolute Stainless Steel Olympic Barbell has a highly adjustable strength stainless steel shaft and sleeves with high-performance four German needle bearings and aggressive knurling. This barbell is not for beginners – this is for professional Olympics used by professional weightlifters.
The knurl is remarkable and has a great amount of prick to it and uniform even to the whole shaft, but not distressing during long training sessions. It has over 240K tensile strength stainless steel, and everything is stainless except the recessed center knurling.
Women’s Absolute Stainless Steel Olympic Barbell
This barbell is made from stainless steel shaft, stainless steel grooved sleeves, stainless steel bushing between Shaft and Sleeve, and four German needle bearings per sleeve. It has IWF spec knurling and has over 240 k tensile strength stainless steel, one of the most powerful in the powerlifting market.
It performs well and can easily compete with other barbells. It has a very aggressive knurl, so you can be fully in control of the barbell. Do your squats, bench, and deadlifts using this barbell with its flawless finish, clean knurl termination points, and nice matte chrome sleeves.
20 kg V4.0 Elite 28 mm Olympic Bearing Barbell
Elite Bearing Barbell uses Chrome Molybdenum steel used for a wide array of applications like building race car frames, oil rigs, and nuclear power plant structures. The molybdenum gives enhanced tensile strength, while the chromium provides excellent corrosion resistance and oxidation. This bar is the highest tensile strength bar with some enhancements over the first two versions.
The knurling is aggressive and stretches all the way to the laser engraved Boss of the sleeve. It has a 4″ recessed center knurling. The rotation is very clean, fluid, and has zero movements between the sleeve and shaft. It uses highly advanced multiple self-lubricated bearing systems with five bearings on each sleeve.
Men’s Professional Olympic Barbell
The Men’s Professional Olympic Barbell uses hard chrome plating, industrial chromium plating, or engineered chrome to lessen friction, add wear resistance, or enhance corrosion resistance. This barbell’s hard chrome is literally hard, measuring between 66 to 70 HRC and thicker than the decorative treatment and will last a lifetime.
The Vulcan Men’s Professional Olympic Bearing Bar has a legendary Olympic Bar knurling that is sharp using IWF specification. The center knurling is of a lower depth than outer knurling to avoid scraping the neck during cleans. Its sleeves have one-piece construction and have a lifetime-warranty on sleeves departing during normal use. It has a 20kg weight tolerance within +/- 1% and tensile strength of 241922.8836 psi.
Women’s Professional Olympic Barbell
Women’s Olympic Bearing Bar weighs 15kg with a 25mm shaft, hard chrome-plated, eight needle bearings, and 195,000 PSI tensile strength. It has the aggressive knurling same as the ones you will see in a full competition bar.
It is a great bar used in Olympic Weightlifting, athletic training, or CrossFit and has world-class knurling consistent with IWF Certified bars. The rotation of the sleeves is super smooth with a snap ring construction.
15 kg V4.0 Elite Bearing 25 mm Olympic Barbell
This is the smaller version of the 20 kg V4.0 Elite 28 mm Olympic Bearing Barbell offering the same excellent performance and high-standard Chrome Mol steel, which presents improved tensile strength. The chromium promotes excellent corrosion resistance and oxidation.
The Vulcan Elite Training Bar a high-performing, highly durable Olympic Barbell with a high whip, high tensile strength, and high anti-corrosive properties. The molybdenum steel is unbeatable when it comes to reflexive properties. It has five needle bearings per sleeve.
Vulcan Standard Bearing Bar-Made in USA-28mm Olympic Bar
This Olympic bar is a finely crafted Olympic bar made in the USA and is precision made with very tight tolerances. It has a very minimum movement between the shaft and sleeve, which changes to a tough feeling bar. It has five needle bearings in each sleeve that provides very stable rotation and exceptional spin.
The Vulcan Standard Bearing bar has a slightly sharp knurl and is great knurling for Olympic Weightlifting. This bar is recommended for large gyms and training centers, high-level weightlifting, or home/ garage gym use. It has a 20kg Olympic Bearing Barbell with a bright zinc finish.
20 kg V4.0 Elite 28 mm Olympic Barbell
The V4.0 Elite 28 mm Olympic Barbell is recognized for its steel strength. This barbell is approved for Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit with a lifetime warranty. It weighs 20 kg and a 28 mm diameter with a hard chrome shaft and sleeve coating.
It has a tensile strength of 225,000 PSI with medium outer knurling and a recessed center knurl. It also has an extremely reflexive steel (High Whip) and a very smooth rotation.
15 kg V4.0 Elite Training 25 mm Olympic Barbell
The lighter version, 15 kg V4.0 Elite Training 25 mm Olympic Barbell, is plated with thin dense chrome – a chrome plating process the same as the hard chrome minus the build-up on the edges. It has a matte finish making it “grippy” and provides a raw steel feel. The dense chrome is stronger than standard show chrome and bright zinc finishes.
Sleeves are grooved with flat wide fins, and the knurling is moderately aggressive. It has no center knurling. The V4.0 uses a very advanced multiple self-lubricated bushing system. The first spin of this bar’s sleeve out of the tube will not offer a lot of spin due to the tight tolerances.
Standard 28mm Olympic Barbell
Standard 28mm Olympic Barbell weighs 20 kg made of Nickel Chrome Shaft/Bright Zinc Sleeves. It has a tensile strength of 196,000 PSI and a 28 mm Shaft diameter. It has a medium knurling, grooved sleeves, and oil-impregnated (self-lubricating) bronze bushings.
This Olympic Barbell has a double snap ring and one-piece sleeve construction. It provides a lifetime warranty from bending, breaking, or sleeves seizing to rotate and is recommended for Olympic Weightlifting training.
20 Kg Men’s Olympic Bearing Barbell
The Vulcan 20 kg Bearing Barbell for men couples the most advanced technology in bearing bar design with intense durability and performance at a reasonable price. This bar spins the same as the higher-priced professional version with a fair amount of whip for a bearing bar in this price range.
Tensile strength is lowered to 191,000 psi to lessen this barbell’s bottom line cost but is still more tensile strength than many 20 kg and 15 kg Bushing bars that sell at a higher price. (This is a true verified number.) A hard chrome coating was used in this bar, making it the ultimate bar for full use in CrossFit and garage gyms based on customer feedback.
15 Kg Women’s Olympic Bearing Barbell
The 15 Kg Women’s Olympic Bearing Barbell is now in hard chrome, the most durable finish Vulcan offers. The previous editions used black zinc and were prone to flaking and discoloration. This CrossFit weightlifting bar can be used for CrossFit workouts, powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, or conventional weight training exercises.
The depth and pattern of the knurling on this Vulcan Bar are superbly crafted. It has dual markings and has a shaft diameter of 25 mm. This advanced multi-use bar uses four quality needle bearings in each sleeve ( 8 total bearings per bar).
Standard 25 mm Women’s Olympic Bushing Barbell
The Standard 25 mm Women’s Olympic Bushing Barbell uses a high-quality nickel-chrome shaft and bright zinc sleeves with 194,000 PSI tensile strength. It has single markings for Olympic Weightlifting and has no center knurling. It has attractive grooved sleeves.
It uses Oilite, self-lubricating bronze bushings, which gets better as the bar is used while the typical bronze bushings deteriorate and composite bushings never “break-in.” It has a lifetime warranty from bending, breaking, sleeves departing, or seizing.
Aluminum Technique Training Bar
The Aluminum Technique Training Bar is a learning barbell not intended for heavy loads. This 6 ft Training Bar is used to develop techniques in amateur lifters and children. This bar is recommended for large gyms and training centers, personal training, or home/garage gym use.
It has a weight capacity of approximately 150 lbs with a 28 mm shaft diameter. It has dual knurling markings, medium knurling, and no center knurling. It also has grooved sleeves and a one-piece black zinc sleeve. This is not made for dropping from overhead.
Vulcan Olympic Weightlifting Bars Review – In Summary
That’s our review of Vulcan Olympic Weightlifting Bars.
Vulcan is considered one of the most underrated fitness equipment companies on the market that make first-rate equipment and gear. Vulcan Olympic Bars can last a lifetime, especially when used with proper care. They offer a lifetime warranty from bending, breaking, or seizing.
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