Stop over-paying for just a name and instead experience the affordable, but superior performance of the ARCHON Fitness line of Olympic Bars, starting with The ARCHON Olympic Barbell with ball bearing! Engineered with 4 elite ball bearings, 2 brass bushings, and 4 lock pins this Olympic barbell is competition ready and brings a durability that will withstand the punishment of Olympic lifting, CrossFit competitions, your home gym, your garage gym, or commercial use. “Want to take it to the next level?” Introducing The ARCHON CERAKOTE Needle Bearing Olympic Barbell with Bushings. This barbell provides the ultimate in performance that you are looking for in a premium barbell when performing Olympic and CrossFit movements, such as The Clean and Jerk, The Push Press, The Front Squat, The Overhead Squat, The Snatch Deadlift, and much more. Our 4 premium needle bearings, combined with 2 bronze bushings, provide a smooth unrestricted spin, especially when heavily loaded. “Experience the whip!” What is special about needle bearings? Great question! Rather than a ball bearing, needle bearings are exactly how they sound. They are substantially larger, stronger, and faster, producing a great whip. Needle bearings have a larger contact surface area when the bar is under impact. This will elongate the life of your bars bearings compared to ball bearings. (On a ball bearing the ball has one point of contact) Remember, this should not dissuade you from ball bearings equipped barbells. Our ball bearing bar is used in competitions throughout the world, but if you want that next level of bar, the needle bearings are the way to go! “What is CERAKOTE finish?” Great question! A CERAKOTE finished barbell provides a protective ceramic finish giving your bar superior strength and durability against corrosion and scratching. Originally CERAKOTE was used on weapons to protect in marine environments, sweating or hot and dusty environments.