Rogues TB-2 Trap Bar is an absolute marvel of a bar.
Compared to other trap bars on the market, there aren’t a lot with the same quality level that Rogue brings to the table.
Yet again, it is Rogue, so that shouldn’t be a big surprise whatsoever.
I looked at a bunch of options before deciding on this Trap Bar. In today’s review, we’ll go over all of the awesome features that the TB-2 has and why I recommend it so much!
Let’s get started!
First up, we have the specs!
- Brand: Rogue Fitness Of Course
- Made In USA: Absolutely. Rogue makes most stuff in Ohio, as I mention in my Rogue buying guide!
- Color: Beautiful Black Powder Coat. My favorite by far!
- Weight: 60 lbs. It’s way bigger, has a higher weight capacity while still weighing less overall.
- Overall Length: 88.5″. This is incredible because it definitely can hold more weight than an average trap Bar.
- Hex Width: 28.5″. So there’s a ton of room for lifters of all sizes!
- Handles: Two Sets of Knurled Handles; spaced 25″ from the center with a 1.34″ diameter.
There are a couple of features that the TB-2 Trap Bar brings to the table that I have to mention.
These main features are as follows:
- Hex Width
- Knurling & Handles
- Black Powder Coat
- Weight Capacity
These five features of Rogues Trap Bar are why I went with this bar over others.
If the TB-2 didn’t have the right combination of these five features, I might have picked those instead.
I’ll go over each one in-depth now!
The biggest issue I have with cheaper trap bars is that they’re so damn small!
For smaller lifters, this is fine! But for bigger lifters (we all want to be bigger, right?), it’s a huge pain getting in and out of them!
On my previous Trap Bar, which was the god-awful CAP Barbell Hex Bar, it was so narrow that I felt claustrophobic inside the cage.
My hands were super close to my sides, and I felt like it absolutely prevented me from overloading properly.
Once I switched to Rogues Trap Bar, I had way more space to lift in, which helped me get into stronger positions.
I recently pulled a 10 rep max for 20 reps as soon as I switched to the TB-2!
That’s a big difference overnight, and I absolutely contribute it to Rogues Trap Bar.
Getting yourself into the strongest position that allows you to do the most weight for the most reps is what strength training is all about, after all!
The handles are also spaced perfectly for me, which I’ll go over in the next section.
The cage itself is around 28.5″ in width, which is just right for bigger and smaller lifters alike!
If you’re looking for a trap bar for bigger and taller lifters that need more space, this is it.
Knurling & Handles
This was the second factor I had to consider, the knurling and the handles themselves.
I wanted something that had a nice, solid knurling that wasn’t going to rip my hands up but also wasn’t slippery like cheaper bars tend to be.
Luckily with Rogues, it has a medium-depth knurl that reminds me of their standard Ohio Bar. Which I’ve owned for a couple of years and highly recommend as well!
This knurl makes it really easy to get a grip on the trap bar without it shredding your hands as a cheaper CAP Trap Bar will.
Believe me, I’ve used the latter for a couple of years, and so have others; it has not broken in and got better at all. The knurl on cheaper bars is just not worth it.
That’s also probably part of why I could do more reps on my Trap Bar Deadlift overnight. The knurling on the TB-2 is one of the main selling points for me, and I’m sure many others will agree!
Along with the knurling, this Trap Bar has two different handle heights that allow for variation in your training.
If you use the lower height, it forces you to get much lower, and for shorter lifters, it definitely seems to work well.
However, I went with this instead of the TB-1 Trap Bar was simple; I wanted to use the raised handles.
If you’re taller, it’s going to be very difficult to set up properly on some movements. Sometimes the Conventional Deadlift isn’t the right tool for your goals. Which is the main reason I switched to the trap bar deadlift in the first place.
By using the higher handles, I’m able to get into a much stronger position without compromising my technique.
I’m sure many of you understand the need for the higher handles just like I do.
And if you ever want to do other variations, you just flip the bar over and use the lower handles. Easy!
All in all, the handles on the TB-2 Trap Bar are one of the main features that I absolutely needed for my own goals.
If you have different goals, maybe the TB-1 Trap Bar is fine. But in my mind, just spending a little more and having both options is a better investment.
The sleeves on a Trap Bar can make or break the entire thing. Most trap bars have really short sleeves that can only hold a couple hundred lbs.
If you’re using super bulky bumper plates found in most commercial gyms, it’s going to be even lower.
The solution is longer sleeves, of course!
The sleeves on my old trap Bar are only around 10″. Even with the thinnest plates, you’ll never reach the 1,000 weight capacity it claims to have.
The Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar has some of the longest sleeves I’ve ever seen on this type of Bar!
They’re 16″ long, and some lifters have even pushed this thing up to 1,000 lbs without any issue.
So you know for a fact it’s as durable as they say while also allowing for more plates regardless of if they’re thick bumper plates or not.
If you need a trap bar that can hold as many plates as possible, the TB-2 is what you want to go with.
Black Powder Coat
While Black powder coats aren’t as long-lasting and maintenance-free as stainless steel, I still prefer the look!
Even the black powder coat on my Ohio Bar I bought 5+ years ago looks amazing.
So while it might not contribute to the functionality of the bar, having equipment that looks cool and fits a color theme for your gym is always a nice plus.
It might seem silly, but lifting with a bar that looks cool to you might be all it takes to keep progressing over the long haul.
Just a theory, though, of course:)
Finally, we come to the weight capacity.
A barbell is only as good as how much weight it can hold, which goes for specialty bars.
The TB-2 Trap Bar doesn’t have an official spec for its weight capacity, but I can tell it’s at least 1,500+ lbs!
Here’s why I think that is the case!
This is a pretty famous video of the Forsaken Warrior doing a 1,000+ Trap Bar Deadlift. And if you look, he’s using Rogues TB-2 Trap Bar with a shit ton of weight.
And yes, he blacks out for a bit right after but can you blame the guy? That’s what super heavyweights can do to you!
Also, don’t worry he’s totally fine!
It’s important to me to have a bar that can hold as much weight as possible.
Sure, I’ll probably never deadlift 1,000 lbs, and that’s not one of my goals. It would require a lot of dedication, genetics, and special sports supplements to get to that level of strength.
But still, I want a bar that can hold a ton of weight, so I never have to buy another one or worry about getting stronger than the bar’s weight capacity.
If you get a trap bar that’s only rated for a couple hundred lbs, eventually, you’re going to have to replace it.
As I always say, but nice, don’t buy twice.
What Others Have To Say
There’s a ton of reviews about pretty much every single piece of Rogue Fitness equipment.
They have an incredible track record when it comes to the quality of their products. The TB-2 Trap Bar is no different.
When I really want to get a good idea of what others are saying, I definitely like checking out the company’s website, of course. But to get a better idea, I go to places like Reddit as people are supercritical on there, and bad reviews won’t be removed.
This makes it a good way to actually see if a product is as good as people say or if it’s all hype.
Here’s the main one that I found on Reddit that brings up all of the best points about this bar.
“From my research, 90% of all cheap travel bars have 6” sleeves which doesn’t allow you to add much weight at all (especially bumpers), and they have a low weight capacity between 350-450lbs MAX)
I’ve used $500 trap bars and $80 trap bars, and I prefer the more expensive one because, to me, it’s more versatile (rackable, longer sleeves, better build quality, literally feels better in your hands, more durable, etc.)
But depending on your training style and current abilities, a cheaper alternative may work. Depending on your budget as well.
I had the original rogue TB-1 trap bar with only low handles and hated it, but now with the TB-2 and both high and low handles, I’m completely in love.”
And of course, there are over 100 reviews on Rogues site with a rating of 4.8 stars on average. Obviously, there’s a ton of people that love this bar and what it can do.
Here’s the most thorough review that I found on there!
“At some point in life, you learn the hard way that it’s worth paying for quality and that if you skimp on it the first time, you eventually end up having to pay for the quality product anyway, when the cheaper one lets you down.
When using this trap bar, you can feel the quality. The frame is constructed from rectangular steel tubing, which keeps the weight down while giving the bar a great deal of rigidity — it literally feels as solid as a rock, no matter how heavy the weight. The thickness of the handles is just right, as is the knurling. The welds are reassuringly generous, as is the length of the sleeves. The whole thing is covered in thick powder coating. And best of all, it comes in black.
The only thing that bothers me a little is that the sleeves are just a little thinner than standard Olympic sleeves (1.91″ instead of 2″), which means that I can’t use my regular spring collars with this bar. But other than that, it’s pretty much perfect.”
As you can see, most people who bought this bar love it and think it’s one of the highest quality trap bars on the market, and I agree with them.
The TB-2 Trap Bar from Rogue has a ton of awesome features that made it easy for me to purchase it.
The most notable are the following;
- Solid black powder coat that looks sleek
- Awesome knurling that won’t destroy your hands with two different handle heights for variety
- A wider cage to find the strongest position possible
- An incredible 1,000+ weight capacity
- Extra long sleeves that can actually hold more than three bumper plates
It’s just that good and something that I’ll always recommend. Even though I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks, I’m completely sold!
Until next time,