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Fringe Sport Power Bar Review | Buying Guide

August 18th 2020

The fringe sport power bar is a versatile bar, though primarily used for powerlifting and strength training purposes, that can improve the quality of your lifting session.

In the world of fitness, there is no shortage of weightlifting equipment.

For every piece of equipment, you will find dozens of different versions, manufacturers, and prices.

It may be difficult to navigate this sea of equipment, but keep in mind that each piece of equipment was made with the specific audience in mind.

Therefore, the easiest way to gauge whether a piece of equipment will suit your purposes is to find out who the target audience is.

It may be difficult in this day and age, especially with manufacturers trying to portray their equipment as one-size-fits-all tool, but the actuality is that some equipment will be better for certain weightlifting activities than others.

It is your job to ask and find out who the manufacturer is targeting.

Another factor to take into consideration is personal preference.

As an example, though most powerlifters prefer more aggressive knurling, you may also find powerlifters who don’t for whatever reason.

In that case, it will take time and experimentation for you to find out and discover your own preferences.

With that being said, the topic of today is a review of the fringe sport power bar.

Yes, it is another barbell that can be used for the squat, bench, deadlift, Olympic lifts, etc. but what separates it from other barbells that can also perform these lifts is that it is specifically designed with powerlifters in mind.

Today we will go over what the fringe sport power bar is, who it is most optimal for, it’s specifications, as well as my final take on it.

What is the fringe sport power bar?

The fringe sport power bar is just one of the barbells in the fringe sport barbell family.

Other barbells in this family include the wonderbar, Bomba V2, fringe sport weightlifting bar, and the fringe sport hybrid bar.

What separates the fringe sport power bar from all the other bars is that it was designed specifically with powerlifters in mind.

As mentioned earlier, it is stiff, has aggressive knurling, and made with bushings for controlled rotation.

According to fringe sport, they made this bar after surveying hundreds of powerlifters on what they most desire from a barbell.

What they found is just what I mentioned, a stiff bar with aggressive knurling and moderate rotation.

Though this may seem like inconsequential factors, they are very important in terms of the feeling you get when lifting with this bar.

After all, the difference between a stiff and flexible/whippy bar may be the difference in getting a new PR.

Who is the fringe sport power bar for?

This bar is mainly for powerlifters, or for strength athletes who focus on the big 3 (Squat, bench, deadlift).

It was designed for lifters who want to lift heavy and perform compound movements below the 5-rep range.

What differentiates it from Olympic weightlifting barbells is that weightlifting barbells have more spin, flexibility, and whip in order to help transfer more energy to help the lifter perform the lift.

As for powerlifting, there is no need to use momentum in order to lift the bar.

Doing so may prevent you from locking out the bar correctly.

Fringe Sport Power Bar Picture

Fringesport Power Bar Cost 

The Fringesport Power Bar is priced at $299 (with free shipping)!

Fringesport Power Bar Specifications

  • Weight: 20 kilograms / ~44 pounds
  • Collars: 4 Bronze Bushing - Oil is impregnated.
  • Weight Capacity: 2,200 pound limit
  • Tensile Strength: 216,200 PSI
  • Yield Strength: 206,900 PSI
  • Whip: Stiff
  • Spin: Moderate
  • Best Use: Slow lifts and power lift movements - squat, deadlift, and bench.
  • Material: Chrome.
  • Length: 86.6 inches
  • Sleeve Specs: 16.3 inches Length and 2" Diameter
  • Shaft Specs: 29mm Diameter
  • Knurl: Deep IPF Knurling with Deep Center Knurl.
  • Product Design: Austin, TX, USA
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer's defects

 

216,000 tensile strength – Stiff barbell

With a 216,000 tensile strength, you can rest assure knowing that the barbell won’t bend or flex while you are using heavy weights.

Though some powerlifters may prefer some whip (especially sumo deadlifters), I find that the majority of powerlifting athletes prefer a stiff bar so that they can feel more braced and secure throughout the lift.

With a flexible bar, you feel like you aren’t able to transfer your energy properly.

It’s the difference between lifting a piece of hardwood and lifting a bag of rice.

Though they both may be the same weight, the feeling of lifting both is completely different, and most people will find it easier to lift the hardwood.

Aggressive knurling

The Fringe sport power bar is made with a more aggressive, deep knurling.

The knurlings are crosshatched meaning the barbell was carved in both directions making it uniform in the hands.

An aggressive knurling is suitable for those who want to be able to lift heavy weights without worrying about their grip giving out.

The downside of an aggressive knurling is that if you haven’t built up the callouses to use it yet, you may find your hands getting cut up after lifting weights.

This goes away overtime, but it may be annoying, especially if you plan on competing anytime soon.

In that case, you might want to opt for a bar with less knurling to ensure that your hands will remain protected.

Bronze bushings

The bushing is the interior design of the barbell and controls how much the barbell spins.

Bushings have moderate spin to them while bearings have a lot of spin.

Bushings are more suitable for powerlifting and slow movements while bearings are more suitable for Olympic weightlifting and fast, explosive movements.

The reason why you still want to have some degree of spin on your barbell is for the deadlift.

Some competitors prefer rolling the deadlift into their starting position rather than altering their body in the starting position.

This makes sense in the highest level as you are transferring some of the momentum from rolling the deadlift into your lift.

However, for those who are just getting started, I would advise you don’t roll the barbell just yet.

Fringesport Power Bar Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 216,000 tensile strength, very stiff bar
  • Crosshatched, aggressive knurling
  • Bronze bushings for moderate rotation
  • Matte chrome finish to prevent corrosion
  • IPF knurling

Cons

  • Aggressive knurling may cut up hands
  • Similar in price to the Rogue Ohio Power bar which is more well-known

Final Take

The fringe sport power bar is a great barbell for those who are interested in the sport of powerlifting or for those who are primarily interested in performing the big 3.

This barbell is most suitable for performing slow, heavy lifts and will help you to set PRs and lift the most amount of weight you can.

With this bar, you can be sure that your strength/plateau is not limited due to your equipment.

The last point to discuss is that it is very similar to the Rogue Ohio Power Bar which is a more well-known bar in the industry.

This does not mean that the Rogue bar is better, but Rogue is a more well-known brand and you may hear good things from friends.

From my experience using both of these bars, they are comparable.

Go with whatever resonates most with you.

 

 


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