The Columbia Bar

Color: Black Oxide

The Columbia Bar SHIPS IN: IN STOCK

This barbell packs a premium punch at a budget price. Introducing the Columbia Bar, the first installment in our new “Northwest” barbell series. Named after the powerful Columbia River, a waterway that runs through the home of Kabuki's manufacturing facility, the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia Bar offers the lifter the smooth performance and superior barbell quality Kabuki is known for punctuated by the satisfying in-hand feel of a slightly narrower, 28.5MM shaft. The combination of this narrower diameter with the exact same knurling we use in the production of our 250K Power Bar makes the Columbia Bar a premium pick for any movement performed with a straight barbell.  Designed to be a durable, premium, high-performance barbell - the Columbia Bar is the perfect pick for home gyms, weight rooms, and commercial training facilities alike.


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The Columbia Bar


When we set out to create the Columbia Bar, we wanted to craft a high-quality barbell that would last decades and deliver a premium training experience. The Columbia Bar's oil-impregnated bronze bushings will keep this bar's sleeves spinning smoothly, while our proprietary knurl offers the perfect level of aggressiveness for a variety of movements. The Columbia's smaller diameter coupled with our precision-engineered knurl makes for a significantly satisfying in-hand feel whether this bar is being used for pressing, pulling, or a serious squat session. 


The Columbia Bar features a similar, slightly less aggressive knurling than our 250K New Generation Power Bar. This proprietary knurl pattern boasts a high number of points to maximize surface area contact with the palm. This feature combined with each point's "volcano" shape results in a bar that will grip, not tear, the lifter's skin. Our novel knurling design is the major reason Kabuki's bars have set the standard for quality in the highly competitive barbell industry. 

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  • Industry-leading and lifter-preferred Kabuknurl design for maximum stickiness in the hand and neural response without causing dermal damage or irritation. Similar, but slightly less aggressive than the 250k new generation bars.
  • Premium Kabuki quality and feel based on our lauded 250k new generation line that took the industry by storm and set a new standard for premium barbell design engineering and manufacturing
  • Slightly thinner 28.5mm shaft (compared to 29mm on competition power bars) allows for more versatility in exercise selection and application, giving you flexibility to use the Columbia bar for general fitness, crossfit, olympic weightlifting, and other athletic-strength activities
  • 190,000 PSI tensile hardness provides a good mix of durability and performance at a lower cost without compromising on quality
  • Brand: Kabuki Strength
  • Bar Type: Columbia Bar, All-Purpose Training Bar
  • Manufactured: Oregon, USA
  • Tensile Strength: 190k PSI
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Diameter: 28.5mm
  • Length: 86.5” Total Bar
  • Sleeve Length: 16.875” Loadable Area
  • Knurl: Fully Raised Powerlifting
  • Center Knurl: No
  • IPF & IPL Competition Spec: No
  • Knurl Marks: Powerlifting
  • Hardware: Oil-impregnated bushing
  • End Cap: Stamped Steel Squat Face + Bar Details


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Bare Steel -The polished beauty of bare steel offers a knurl-showcasing, tactile quality that many lifters love. This finish requires a small amount of regular care to keep the bar in good condition. We recommend you apply a small amount of 3-in-1 oil with a soft cloth the barbell's clean, dry shaft and sleeves three times a year to help protect the bar from corrosion. Additionally, care should be taken to keep the bar protected from damp conditions. Horizontal or vertical bar storage is recommended to keep the bar off the floor.
  2. Zinc:The least expensive plating option, zinc is shiny and bright on arrival with a hue that varies from bluish to brownish. As the bar is used this coating will develop a dull, gunmetal gray patina. This default option is a very durable and corrosion-resistant plating choice commonly found on many barbells.
  3. Black Oxide -The onyx sheen of black oxide is an attractive addition to any barbell roster. This finish requires the same upkeep protocol as we recommend for Bare Steel--apply a light application of 3-in-1 oil with a soft cloth to the bar 3 times a year and take care to keep it protected from damp or humid conditions. 
  4. Cerakote -Cerakote is a ceramic based coating, originally used in the firearms industry for its excellent corrosion resistance and wear characteristics without excessive coating buildup. Cerakote is known for being a highly protective finish that stands up to the elements well. When cleaning chalk from the knurl on a cerakote bar, be sure to use a stiff nylon bristle brush, not a wire-bristled brush. 

The 250k Power Bar is a premium 29mm diameter, competition-spec bar with more aggressive Kabuknurl and a proprietary metallurgical process that provides extreme hardness and durability. The Columbia Bar is a more versatile 28.5mm and features a slightly softer Kabuknurl and can be used across a wider variety of applications.