Perfect for home use.
March 7, 2014
When I decided to start using Olympic barbells I knew a giant 7' bar would be just too big for my basement. I was fortunate to acquire Olympic plates at a garage sale and I bought the York 6' bar to go with them.
The outer ends are on bushings instead of the bearings found on higher end bars but they turn freely enough. One side is a little rougher than the other but it is not noticeable when the bar is loaded. The bar is 51 (or 52) inches long between the collars which means you can use it with standard squat racks and cages, a big plus. The knurling is excellent, deep enough for a good grip but not so deep as to shred your palms. The 30 mm diameter has not been a problem for me so far but I do only powerlifting type movements not Olympic ones, YMMV. The ends are of necessity a little on the short side so anyone wanting to go really heavy will have a problem getting enough plates loaded, but I'll worry about that if and when I get that strong. This is an excellent buy and Fitness Giant had it a little cheaper (shipping included) than other sites I looked at.
Pros:High quality for the money, can be used with standard racks and cages.
Cons:Not for going really heavy as the bar ends are a bit short.