I finally received my York 1" Standard Chrome Curl Bar with Fixed Inner Collars. I also got two dumbbell collars and a sticker pack.
This was nothing fancy, the bar was $15.95, the collars $2.98, the stickers, $5.00, but the shipping via UPS ground was a whopping $17.27.
The bar is an incredible upgrade from my hollow, beat up curl bar that did not have a lick of knurling. This has medium knurling and feels solid. Per the website it weighs 11 pounds. I opted for dumbbell collars in order to maximize the loadable sleeve length. Outer barbell collars are fine for bars that have more loadable sleeve, but the curl bar only has 6 inches of sleeve and the short collars take 1 inch of that. Barbell collars could take up to 3 inches each side.
I am going to use it primarily for barbell curls, pullovers and skull crushers. I could have got an Olympic curl bar.
This is a good solution and I am certainly more pleased to own a York and will be returning the Marcy Curl Barbell that I purchased from Big 5 Sporting Goods. My biggest gripe with the Marcy was the spin lock collars, which I have had nothing but negative experiences with in the past.
I must admit that part of my obsession was watching Nick's Strength and Power Strict Curl videos.