TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar Review | A Game-Changing Hex Bar

TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar Review

Rogue Fitness is one of the most reliable and popular manufacturers of made-in-the-U.S.A home gym equipment. And its TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar is proof of it.

The TB-2 Trap Bar is an upgrade of the iconic TB-1 Trap Bar 2.0, which is approved for use in the US Army Combat Fitness Test.

The Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar retains all the features of the classic TB-1. But the latest model includes noteworthy upgrades and adjustments for a more versatile deadlift trap barbell. It is a rackable Rogue hex bar that shines through in a wide range of exercises.

Let’s dive into the features of the Rogue Fitness Trap Bar to learn if it makes the cut for a position in your home gym.

Tip: Once your trap bar game is tight, consider adding a Rogue barbell to your home gym.

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Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar Review Design Features

Selecting the right trap bar for your home gym involves knowing what features to look for and their benefits.

Below, we narrow down some of these features and see how the Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar Reviews performs.


Materials and Build Quality: Rogue Trap Bar Weight and Height

The Rogue Trap Bar features a strong build with 1.5” square steel tubing. Made in the U.S.A, the construction of Rogue products is dependable, durable, and long-lasting. 

Like most competitors, the Rogue Trap Bar also comes with a powder-coating black finish. Powder-coating is the often favored and known for being highly resistant to:

  • Scratches
  • Chipping
  • Rust
  • Corrosion
  • UV
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Although the manufacturer says you can expect some wear and tear on the loading sleeves due to friction of the metal plates, we felt was fair based on the other trap bars we reviewed.

The 16” loading sleeves on this beast provide ample space for adding plates. But the sleeves lack grooves to keep the plates from sliding, so getting a set of collars is a must here.

It’s only drawback, is that the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar review isn’t compatible with every standard trap barbell collar. So depending on your current set-up you might need to get new collars, and manufacturer recommends a few collars you might want to buy.

Width-wise, the Rogue hex bar’s 28.5” wide and 25” spread between handles make it ideal for big-made individuals over 6’4” but still works for the rest of us under 6′.

How much does a rogue hex bar weigh?

The Rogue Trap Bar weight comes up to 60 lbs.

This 60 lb hex bar has a simple design and is rackable, so you can use it with power racks for workout variations.

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Handles

We like the key upgrade made on this Rogue hex bar was outfitting it with two sets of handles, one higher and one lower, instead of just the lower one like the TB-1.

The higher handles on the Rogue TB-2 are useful for exerting pressure on your back but provide a limited range of movement. While the lower legs are on level with the hex bar, giving you more range of movement and exerting pressure on the legs.

Both Rogue handles are 1.34” in diameter and come fully knurled. The Rogue hex bar handles offer a solid grip for your hands during trap bar deadlifts. We found they were abrasive enough for good contact without causing our hands to tear up.

The Rogue hex bar handles have a 25” spread in the centre, and that’s the standard hex bar width. If you’re a bigger lifter, some brands do a 27″ option.

Some people say that the only thing better than these handles is a trap bar with swappable grip handles. These bars feature handles in different diameters that any lifter can use. Some suggestions include the Kabuki Hex Bar Trap and the Titan EZ Load Hex Bar V2.

tb-2 rogue trap bar close look

Weight Capacity

The Rogue Trap Bar weight capacity is provided on the manufacture’s specs, however, most buyers find the Rogue hex bar can support between 600-1000 lbs. 

This range is one of the best parts of the Rogue Trap Bar. It perfectly suits lifters pushing the limits on their deadlifts with a trap bar.

It is also difficult to find this range of load capacity at this price, so that’s one benefit that puts the Rogue TB-2 above its competitors.


Space and Footprint

The TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar measures 88.5” in length and 28.5” in width. So it might not fit into a tiny garage gym.

If you want a trap barbell with a smaller footprint, the Titan Olympic Weight Hex Bar might be an ideal choice.


Ease of Use

The knurled handles provide a comfortable grip, and there are two sets to use. You can also easily flip the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar review to use its lower handles and gain more range of motion.

If you’re a beginner lifter, consider a set of gloves, lifting straps, or lifting chalk if you find the Rogue handles uncomfortable.

The Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar sits 9” off the floor, making plate changing super easy.

Tip: Trap bars and reverse hyperextension machines are the perfect pairing for building strength in your back, glutes and hamstrings.

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Costs

The Rogue Trap Bar is priced slightly higher than the earlier Rogue TB-1 Trap Bar 2.0. Don’t forget, you’ll need to add the cost of a set of recommended collars since your current rig may not work

But it’s a steal deal if you consider the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar’s has come down around a hundred dollars since its first release.

If you love most of the features of the Rogue Trap Bar, then the price is fair, we’d say. Few trap bars pack such a punch on the market, and most aren’t available at this price range.

However, there are low-price-range products to explore if you don’t need TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar’s package of features. The Olympic Hex Weight Bar from Titan Fitness is one such product available below the two hundred dollar mark.

If you only need 500 lbs of loading capacity, we suggest you look at the Rep Fitness Trap Bar. It has the features of a quality trap barbell and you’ll get change from $300.


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TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar Features Summary

● Made in the USA
● 1.5″ SCH 80 Pipe Sleeves
● 60 lb weight
● 600-1000 lb weight capacity
● 88.5″ length
● 28.5″ width
● 9″ height
● 1.34″ diameter handles
● Dual knurled handles
● 1.91″ sleeves
● 16″ loadable sleeve space


Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar Review- Available Attachments

Since the Rogue Trap Bar isn’t compatible with some standard trap barbell collars, the manufacturer recommends some from their own catalog.

Here are the recommended ones:

The collars can cost anywhere from $38.50 to $60 for a pair. Since they’re pretty much a necessity, you might want to consider the added expense before buying the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar.


TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar Review And Trap Barbell Exercise Options

Exercising with the trap bar allows for more serious deadlift practice. It,s also useful for more variations owing to its rackable hex trap bar frame.

The trap barbell’s distinct frame allows you to practice with better form and alignment. There,s a natural feeling due to the positioning of the Rogue handles of the specialty barbell.

The trap bar or hex bar targets the trapezius muscle, glutes, hamstrings, and back muscles. It is less stressful on the lumbar spine in comparison to barbell deadlifts.

Most of the significant benefit of the trap barbell is for beginners. Who will find it suitable when learning proper deadlift techniques, especially since the range of motion with the top handles is limited? 

Most buyers find the Rogue Trap Bar TB-2 suitable for these best trap bar exercises:

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  • Shoulder shrugs
  • Trapbar deadlift
  • Trapbar jumps
  • Overhead or military presses
  • Upright rows or high pulls
  • Stiff leg deadlifts
  • Bench press
  • Trap bar shoulder press
  • Farmer’s walks
  • Weighted jump squats
  • Split squats
  • Hammer curl
  • Deep push-ups
  • Incline
  • Decline
  • Pendlay row
  • Bent-over row
  • Floor press
  • Romanian deadlift
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Customer Reviews

The trap barbell is a brilliant substitute for the traditional barbell. But with so many options on the market, it can get difficult to know which manufacturer delivers on their promises.

We didn’t take the chance and went straight to the customer reviews to find these pros and cons.


Pros

Here are the positive reviews from buyers of the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar.

Large Weight Capacity

By including long sleeve length with a tubular steel build, the Rogue Trap Bar can easily handle large weight capacity. Buyers loved the loading capacity since it allowed them to add more weight to their training routine without having to switch to another trap barbell.

The Rogue hex bar is also one of the few trap bars in this price range to offer such a high weight capacity.

Spacious Hex Width

In the reviews we read, the next top feature of the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar, according to buyers, is the hex width.

Buyers main reason for loving the width, is that not many trap bars accommodate enough width to support lifters above 6’4”. Certainly not under $600.

Versatility

The Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar, with its dual-level handles and rackable trap bar design, allows for various exercise variations. Beginner-level and professional buyers consider the Rogue hex bar useful equipment for their home gym.

Durable

The TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar has been on the market for a while, and some users have had it in their gym for years. Surprisingly, their Rogue TB-2 Trap Bars are still in optimum condition, although users admit the sleeves on their Rogue hex bar are worn out.

tb-2 rogue trap bar grip

Cons

Below you’ll find some of the most common drawbacks TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar buyers complained about.

Small Sleeve Diameter

The small sleeve diameter on the Rogue hex bar doesn’t accommodate standard collars. Some buyers commented that their existing home gym collars slid off the sleeves. Most buyers end up buying the recommended collars from Rogue, which can be quite an investment if you consider the total cost.

Wearing on the Sleeves

All buyers who’ve had the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar for a while found the powder coating on the sleeve wearing off after a couple of plate changes.

Needs Lots of Space

Some buyers found the Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar to take up all the space in their bedroom-sized gym. It has a large footprint and needs some dedicated garage space for storage.


Pros & Cons Summary

Pros
  • Great for big-made lifters
  • Large weight capacity
  • Durable steel construction
  • Long sleeves
  • Dual handles
  • Knurled grips
  • Rackable hex bar
Cons
  • Won’t suit smaller lifters
  • Incompatible with standard collars
  • Powder coating finish may wear over time
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Tips to Remember When Use a Trap Bar

You can use a trap barbell to substitute a standard barbell when you don’t want to stress your lower back.

Make sure to build your core strength by doing exercises like dumbbell rows, barbell rows, pull-ups, good mornings, etc.

It’s important to remember to keep your core tight. The chest was open, and the shoulder blades were pushed down and back during every movement.

Here are some additional precautions to avoid mistakes.

  • Do not round your back
  • Straighten your hips, then your knees
  • Do not lean back at the top of a rep
  • Restart reps with fewer weights when your trap bar tilts

Review Overview

9.4/10 Our Score

The Rogue Trap Bar might not be the cheapest hex trap bar on the market, but it surely packs a punch for the price tag.

The features allow plenty of applications, and the capacities of the trap barbell ensure athletes at all levels will find it useful. The loading sleeves are spacious enough to accommodate as much as you would on a barbell.

Its raised Rogue handles are ideal for beginners and those recovering from injuries.

It has a large footprint that needs a spacious home gym setup. So consider your spatial restrictions before placing an order. Thankfully, the TB-2 Rogue Trap Bar is rackable.

There are few to no drawbacks to consider with the trap barbell. When looking for trap bars for sale, you’ll only need to consider whether the features suit your needs.

Overall, the Rogue Trap Bar TB-2 carries as much functionality as its large load capacity. We recommend it to anyone looking for a solid home gym trap barbell with top-tier features.

Product dimensions: 88.5″ (L) x 28.5″ (W) x 9″ (H) Weight capacity: 600-1000 lbs

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