The 250k Squat Bar

Plating: Zinc

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  • PRICE DROP: We've reduced the price of our 250k New Gen Squat Bar by over $200 off thanks to improvements in our operational and manufacturing capabilities!

The 250k Squat Bar is a purpose-built, heavy duty competition barbell designed for big squats. Coming in at 25kg and beefy 31.75mm diameter with a significant 8” length advantage over straight bars, the 250k Squat Bar has handled some of the heaviest RAW and geared squats in powerlifting history. 

Featuring an unmatched tensile strength and hardness of 250k PSI and 51 rockwell respectively,  the 250k Squat Bar achieves these incredible numbers through a proprietary metallurgical heat treat process that results in a long lasting bar you can hand down for generations. Our unique knurl design is lauded as one of the “stickiest” bar-to-human interfaces without cutting the lifter's hands.  The “Kabuki Feel” as, as it’s commonly referred to, is the result of a unique combination of innovations in material selection, proprietary manufacturing processes, and our comprehensive practical and theoretical experience in barbell design. 


The 250k Squat Bar

What is it about our new generation bars that sets them apart? A comprehensive testing and methodology was used throughout the entire product development process for our new generation bars. Materials selection involved testing to determine the optimal steel alloy to use. Lots of testing was performed on the hardening process and figuring out a way to create the hardest bar while still allowing for whip and preventing the bar from snapping. The knurl took us many many revisions to figure out until we all agreed on the production version of the knurl – widely considered to be the best knurl in the industry. Overall this bar has been tested and retested many times with every feature and specification in mind.

With a tensile strength of over 250k PSI and a Rockwell hardness of 51 RC, this bar is harder than any other bar currently on market. What this means in practical terms is that the knurl won’t wear down over the years, leaving you with a bar that is performing sub par, compared to when it was new. Even where the bar contacts the rack it will maintain that fine, tacky, aggressive knurl, just like the day it was unboxed. 

The 250k Squat Bar is fully knurled with a convenient center marking and standard powerlifting markings on either side. The full knurl design ensures the bar stays locked-in on your back during high volume and intensity squat sessions, gripping even without the use of chalk. 

The attention to detail, material selection, construction quality, and performance of this bar place it in a class of its own, something we can say about all Kabuki barbells and products. We are passionate about doing things right, putting our customers first, and taking the time to craft something beautiful that we can all be proud of. Bars come with our beloved and unique stamped end-cap design that features the Kabuki Squat Face iconography as well as the weight of the bar and its country of origin (USA).

We manufacture our New Generation bars using American steel by state-of-the-art machines, and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon by passionate machinists and technicians. We design and manufacture these bars to function for life - bars you can proudly hand down to your children, and them to their children - making the world a better place through strength, generation after generation.

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  • Heavy-duty 25kg bar weight and 31.75mm diameter for big squats
  • 250k PSI tensile strength and 51 rockwell hardness  through a proprietary heat treat process for a longer-lasting knurl and barbell
  • Bar is fully Kabuknurled for maximum grippiness and stability on your back and in your hands
  • Unique metallurgical properties and design for higher performance whip and oscillation properties
  • USPA/IPL competition spec squat bar
  • Brand: Kabuki Strength
  • Bar Type: Competition Squat Bar
  • Manufactured: Oregon, USA
  • Tensile Strength: 250k PSI
  • Hardness: 51 Rockwell
  • Weight: 25kg
  • Diameter: 31.75mm (1.25”)
  • Length: 94.15” Total Bar
  • Sleeve Length: 17.5” Loadable Area
  • Knurl Type: Full Bar, Aggressive Proprietary Kabuknurl
  • Knurl Markings: Center & Powerlifting Markings
  • Comp Spec: Yes (squat only)
  • Knurl Marks: Powerlifting + Center
  • Hardware:  Oil-impregnated bushing
  • End Cap: Stamped Steel Squat Face + Bar Details


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Frequently Asked Questions

A traditional competition power bar is 29mm in diameter and weights 20kg, with specific length and dimensional tolerances. The squat bar is a lift-specific competition barbell for the Squat event. It’s diameter is generally thicker (in our case 31.75mm) and weights more than a standard power bar. Our 250k Squat Bar weights 25 kilograms. Additionally, the squat bar features a fully knurled center shaft with powerlifting and center markings. 

A bar’s metallurgical properties are the primary determining factors in the mechanical properties of the bar, or in more practical terms, how the bar behaves in the lifter hands against gravity and the force generated. The yield strength of the metal determines how much stress it can take before permanent deformation, while the tensile strength measures its breaking, or fracture point. The softer, or lower strength a bar is - the more it bends under load. The harder, or higher yield/tensile strength a bar is - the less it bends under load. Each of these options varies the feel or oscillation of a bar under load, and the art of bar design comes in determining the fine dance between the bars properties and how it behaves under load, against gravity. One downside of higher tensile strength is brittleness, or catastrophic failure (not bending, but cracking under tension).

The 250k Squat Bar is fully knurled from sleeve to sleeve. Our knurl was designed from the ground up and based on established research to 1) be the “stickiest” knurl possible - on the back or in-hand, 2) minimize dermal penetration and damage to skin, and 3) maximize neural response.

The 250k Squat Bar comes in 2 standard metallic finishes and different seasonal cerakote finishes. 

Black Oxide:This low-cost option is a conversion coating for ferrous materials, stainless steel, copper and copper based alloys, zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder. It is used to add mild corrosion resistance, for appearance and to minimize light reflection. We particularly like the gunmetal black finish it gives to the bar. It just looks badass in our opinion!

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 grey patina. This default option is a very durable and corrosion-resistant plating choice commonly found on many barbells.

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. 

Yes, the 250k Squat Bar meets the competition specifications for powerlifting federations that allow the use of a squat-specific barbell - like the IPL/USPA, WRPF, SPF, APA, and others. Only metallic finishes like Zinc or Black Oxide can be used on the competition platform.

Customer Reviews

Based on 24 reviews
Chris Turrill
Amazing Product/Service

I originally bought this while in Japan on orders (US military). Unfortunately there were some minor imperfections in the Zinc finish and Kabuki deemed that it would be replaced for free. That was great until I found out that the outbound shipping dimensions for APO are smaller than the inbound dimensions. So I had to wait 2 years to swap it out. Once I got back to the US I talked to them again and they got it taken care of; still the baddest bar on the planet with sweet knurling all the way across. I love it!

Good bar, bad finish

The knurling is awesome and the overall look is pretty nice if you overlook the glaring finish issues the bar has for their black oxide coating.

My bar arrived looking tiger striped and kind of janky but I'm tired of all the issues recently so I just let it slide for the most part. From far away it looks kinda cool almost, but up close it looks used and abused.

What prompted me to write this review is the realization that this issue isn't just one-off, but seemingly a fairly common complaint as other people have messaged me with similar issues. I hope Kabuki can improve on their QC and coating issues because they do make a functionally good product ignoring coatings and visuals.

Nick Tansor

Can’t say enough good things about this bar. Like the rest of Kabuki’s products this bar is simply amazing.

I’ve been fortunate enough to try most of the “big” brands squat bars - Rogue, Texas, Kabuki - and this one is by far my favorite.

The bar has no whip whatsoever and the knurling feels like it attaches to whatever it touches. There feels like no chance of the bar moving until you rerack your weight because the bar literally feels like part of you.

I love the way my black oxide looks in my home gym and having used an older one at a popular gym, I can honestly say the bar stands the test of time and use and remains amazing for years.

Gym goer
Not what I was expecting

After purchasing the kadillac bar I was very pleased with Kabuki. Seeing there was a sale was some great incentives I had to jump on this. The bar has been very underwhelming. With any bar I've gotten I feel my expectations are blown away from the Ohio deadlift bar, the elite fts power bar and the kadillac bar. After getting this it's a great bar but it doesn't have any factor in it that makes you think it's worth the money. The stainless steel squat bar from rogue is probably a better bet for your money. Especially since there customer service is fast at responding to emails for purchase. But after a few questions I've been left on read still for a month now. Oh well.

N Aguilar
Best Squat Bar

After using different squat bars, the Kabuki Squat Bar is by far our favorite. The knurling is my favorite, I never fear the bar sliding off my back. I purchased the Black Oxide around May of 2020. It has still held up beautifully after various people putting it to use daily.
Absolutely recieved great customer service any time I have purchased online or in store from Kabuki! Paid for 2 day shipping and when it was behind by a day, they put it on overnight to make up for it!