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Old 06-23-2006, 05:28 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me whether or not this is a good or bad idea? I'm not talking about mixing steel and bumpers as has been discussed in several older threads, but whether or not it's a problem to use different brands of bumpers on the same bar. I'm guessing as long as the diameter of the bumpers is regulation and they all bounce about the same, it wouldn't be that big a problem, but I'd like to know for sure.

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Old 06-26-2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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Will,
Your assumptions IMHO are very correct.
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Old 06-26-2006, 11:55 AM   #3
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They may not "Bounce the same", but if they are the same diameter...prolly not a problem. I would be sure to apply them to the bar in a symmetrical fashion as opposed to brand A on one side and brand B on the other end of the bar. This may seem obvious.
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Old 06-26-2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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Will,
I often mix the Gill bumpers with the "thick black" RB bumpers. No problems so far. I do have a lifting platform, though.
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:21 PM   #5
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If you have bumpers of greatly varying elasticity, for example Uesaka comp plates (very stiff) and Zhang Kong bumpers (bouncy) then you might eventually get some problems with durability but unless you are using them all day every day i doubt you'd notice the wear and tear.

At our gym we try to keep the different buumpers on seperate platforms and use them in sets as much as possible but no one freaks out if you mix them up occasionally
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:03 PM   #6
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This is exactly what I was thinking. Thanks for the help, guys. I just didn't want to be locked into having to buy a full set of the bumper brand John Daniels sold some of us (my 20kgs should be coming in the next week).
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:46 PM   #7
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So I was hunting through eBay looking for bumpers and I ran across this online company selling Olympia bumpers in a variety of sizes (25kg, 15kg, and 10kg--they had 20kg but John Daniel sold me some). Thing is, I've never heard of this brand (I'm assuming Olympia is the brand) before, and I can't find anything about them. I sent the seller an email, but I wanted to get some feedback here first. Price-wise, are these reasonable?

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Old 06-30-2006, 03:24 PM   #8
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olympia is crap. I was on a very tight budget my 1st year at UCR and took a gamble on this brand. 8 sets of 10k,15k,20k,25k. All the plates were cracked or broken within a year.
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Old 06-30-2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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I don't know just how these prices compare, but Mav-Rik plates seem to be very durable. Both the gym I trained at and the gym I currently train at have mav-rik plates that date back several decades and are still going strong.

http://www.mavrikbarbell.com/Products.html
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Old 07-01-2006, 07:05 AM   #10
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Josh, thanks for the heads up. I'm glad I asked.

Ross, thanks for the input. I'll check these against some of the others I'm looking at.
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