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    Hi, I'm in need of a quality power bar to replace my current piece of junk. I'd narrowed down my search to either the ATX ram bar or the Rogue Ohio power bar, pretty much settling on the ATX mainly due to it being 70 cheaper here in the UK.

    However, both these bars have ribbed sleeves and due to the noise this generates and given my training area is directly beneath both of my children's bedrooms, I'm wondering if there are any other options for a smooth sleeved barbell?

    I believe the Starting Strength bar and Texas power bars are both smooth, however these are considerably more than the previously mentioned bars, at around 420 including shipping, compared to 290 for the ATX and 355 for the Rogue.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Adam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam86 View Post
    Hi, I'm in need of a quality power bar to replace my current piece of junk. I'd narrowed down my search to either the ATX ram bar or the Rogue Ohio power bar, pretty much settling on the ATX mainly due to it being 70 cheaper here in the UK.

    However, both these bars have ribbed sleeves and due to the noise this generates and given my training area is directly beneath both of my children's bedrooms, I'm wondering if there are any other options for a smooth sleeved barbell?

    I believe the Starting Strength bar and Texas power bars are both smooth, however these are considerably more than the previously mentioned bars, at around 420 including shipping, compared to 290 for the ATX and 355 for the Rogue.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Adam
    Texas power bars were doing a discount on blemished bars last week, not sure if any left but worth a look

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    Alternatively, if anyone has used both the ATX and Rogue and could say which of the sleeves has less severe ribbing.

    Thanks

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    Thanks. I've checked again and a TPB comes in at 386, with a blemished one at 361.

    I've just read in another thread that both the Starting Strength bar and TPB have ribbed sleeves, albeit the SS is less severe.

    I did an experiment with a trap bar I don't use which has ribbed sleeves, and sliding my rubber bumpers with stainless inserts created hardly any noise compared to my iron plates.

    So maybe I just need more bumpers 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam86 View Post
    Thanks. I've checked again and a TPB comes in at 386, with a blemished one at 361.

    I've just read in another thread that both the Starting Strength bar and TPB have ribbed sleeves, albeit the SS is less severe.

    I did an experiment with a trap bar I don't use which has ribbed sleeves, and sliding my rubber bumpers with stainless inserts created hardly any noise compared to my iron plates.

    So maybe I just need more bumpers 😁
    Yeh that occurred to me today. My bumpers make almost no noise and same with some rubber encased 25s I got last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam86 View Post
    Thanks. I've checked again and a TPB comes in at 386, with a blemished one at 361.

    I've just read in another thread that both the Starting Strength bar and TPB have ribbed sleeves, albeit the SS is less severe.

    I did an experiment with a trap bar I don't use which has ribbed sleeves, and sliding my rubber bumpers with stainless inserts created hardly any noise compared to my iron plates.

    So maybe I just need more bumpers 😁
    Some bumper plates have a insert with a rounded inner chamfer on/in the hole .... kind of like a trumpet opening?
    I'd imagine that slides over the "ribs" (grooves) in a better way.


    Iron plates, or say competition style bumpers, (and some bumpers) will either have a sharp edge, or a slight 45 deg. bevel there ....
    ...one way or another, beveled or not, an angled corner is going to rub on the sleeve grooves ... which goes "da da da da da" as it slides over the bar sleeve.



    So yes, what you said above ...

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    What you've said make sense. Mine look exactly like the "regular inserts" shown in the photo.

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