FAQ - Poles

What are the poles?

There are 3 different rod types:

X-Pole Xpert, X-Pole Xpert Pro or X-Pole Sport

These three rod types are available in two diameters of 40mm or 45mm.

In addition to the rod types and diameters, there are also different coatings. Currently there are: chrome, stainless steel, brass, titanium gold, powder coating and silicone.

A video explaining the individual coatings can be found here .

What is the difference between X-Pole Sport, X-Pole Xpert and X-Pole Xpert Pro?

The X-Pole Sport pole is a purely static pole that cannot rotate around its own axis.

The X-Pole Xpert pole can be switched between static and spinning (rotation around its own axis). To do this, you simply loosen or fix 2 small screws with the help of an Allen key that is included in the rod set.

The X-Pole Xpert Pro pole can be switched between static and spinning mode just like the X-Pole Xpert pole. However, you no longer need an Allen key for this. Switching is simply done by hand. There is a ring at the lower end of the bar for this, the so-called X-Lock system, which you simply lift slightly and turn. Other differences to the X-Pole Xpert pole are the smaller and newly designed ceiling plate and the set of the X-Pole Xpert Pro does not include a carrying bag.

Which pole (Sport / Xpert / Xpert Pro) is suitable for me?

The static sports pole is particularly suitable for beginners and for people who want to try pole dancing first. Even if you have already attended a spinning pole lesson and know that this type of pole dance is not for you, you will get along just fine with the X-Pole Sport pole. They are less expensive and are perfect to start with.

Attention: An X-Pole Sport pole CANNOT be upgraded to an X-Pole Xpert or Xpert Pro pole!

If you are already advanced or simply addicted to pole dancing, the rotating Xpert pole is suitable. It is slightly more expensive and can be switched between static and spinning. The change is made with an Allen key included in the rod set. The X-Pole Xpert pole adapts perfectly to your skills. However, it should be noted here that it is difficult for beginners to deal with the strong centrifugal forces involved in spinning.

The X-Pole Xpert Pro pole is the logical progression of the X-Pole Xpert pole. The two most important innovations are the patented X-Lock system, which allows you to switch between static and spinning with just one movement, and the newly designed and smaller ceiling plate. In terms of functions, the X-Pole Xpert Pro corresponds to the X-Pole Xpert. However, the design and handling have been revised. This of course has its price. This type of rod is the most expensive. This type of pole does not come with a carrying bag in the set. You can find more information about the components of a pole set under: What is included in a pole set?

Can I convert one bar type to another bar type?

The following rods can be converted to another type:

Sport Bar - No, this bar is not convertible. However, you can continue to use individual parts such as Xjoints and B-Poles as well as the two extensions and install them on other types of poles as long as the coating and diameter are the same.

Xpert Pole - Yes, you can convert this pole to an Xpert Pro Pole. You can also buy the X-Lock system, which is actually part of the Xpert Pro pole. The X-Lock system is then attached to the bottom of the A-Pole. Now you can also switch your Xpert pole between static and spinning with just one movement. However, the ceiling plate remains the same and is not changed to the smaller one of the Xpert Pro.

Which diameter (40mm or 45mm) should I choose?

Generally speaking, the 40mm bars are better for smaller hands and the 45mm bars are better for larger hands. 45mm bars also give more grip with all body parts on the bar due to their larger surface area.

But it is best if you orientate yourself on which pole you use in your pole dance studio. Most studios have many different bars. There you can find out which diameter suits you best.

Which coating is best?

This question can not be answered generally. This is about YOUR own preferences and needs. The same applies here: It is best if you orientate yourself on which pole you use in your pole dance studio. Most studios have many different bars. This is the best way to find out which coating suits you best.

Nevertheless, we have a short list and explanation of the individual coatings here:

Chrome:

Chrome is the most common of the X-Pole coatings. It is the most affordable and suitable for all skin types and climatic conditions. Only people allergic to nickel should not choose this coating because it contains nickel! For you we recommend the coatings stainless steel, powder-coated, silicone or brass.

Stainless steel:

Pole dance poles with a stainless steel coating are perfect for people who are allergic to nickel. Their grip is comparable to that of a chrome or gold bar.

Brass:

Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. As a result, the brass pole dance pole sometimes looks a bit spotty. The grip is very good, especially with sweaty hands. That is why the brass rod is often used in warmer countries such as Australia. As with the gold rod, discoloration occurs after a while in frequently touched areas, depending on use. However, these have no influence on the grip or the function and are only an optical phenomenon. Brass pole dance poles are also suitable for people allergic to nickel!

Titanium Gold:

The titanium gold coating is primarily an optical upgrade of the chrome coating. This is covered with gold particles in an electrostatic process. The grip is very similar to that of the chrome plating. After some time, the gold color will come off or disappear, especially in places that are touched frequently (e.g. at hand level). However, this has no effect on the grip and is only an optical phenomenon. The T-Gold coating is not suitable for people allergic to nickel! For you we recommend the coatings stainless steel, powder-coated, silicone or brass.

powder coating:

The powder coating is available in black (Sport poles) or black, pink and white (Xpert / Xpert Pro poles). It enables extremely good grip and is therefore very suitable for pole dancers who have poor grip on regular metal poles. But please be careful with drops or the like: If there is a lot of friction, this coating will generate extreme heat, which can sometimes lead to burns! Powder-coated pole dance poles are also suitable for people with nickel allergies.

Silicone:

The silicone coating is a rubber coating and provides maximum grip. With this coating it is even possible to use the pole fully clothed. For difficult tricks or people who can hardly get hold of other coatings, the silicone coating is the savior in an emergency. But despite all the advantages, it should also be said that the extreme grip also has its unpleasant sides. Some tricks and spins are not possible due to the strong hold. We have also seen one or the other leggings die from a silicone bar. A minute's silence here for all the silicone coated leggings out there...

We have an explanatory video for all coatings here for you.

What's included in a pole set?

The sports bar set includes:

  • 2 main poles (A-Pole and B-Pole)
  • 2 extensions (250mm and 125mm)
  • 3 Xjoints (2x200mm and 1x180mm)
  • ceiling and floor panel
  • carrying bag
  • Allen key
  • Assembly instructions with safety instructions
  • The construction height of sport bars goes from 2235mm - 2745mm

The Xpert pole set includes:

  • 2 main poles (A-Pole and B-Pole)
  • 2 extensions (250mm and 125mm)
  • 3 Xjoints (2x200mm and 1x180mm)
  • ceiling and floor panel
  • Allen key
  • Top adapter = connection piece to the ceiling panel
  • Assembly instructions with safety instructions
  • The assembly height of Xpert poles ranges from 2285mm - 2785mm

The Xpert Pro pole set includes:

  • 2 main poles (A-Pole and B-Pole)
  • 2 extensions (250mm and 125mm)
  • 3 Xjoints (2x200mm and 1x180mm)
  • ceiling and floor panel
  • Allen key
  • Top adapter = connection piece to the ceiling panel
  • Assembly instructions with safety instructions
  • The assembly height of Xpert poles goes from 2275mm - 2770mm

How heavy are the Xpole sets?

The Xpert and Xpert Pro sets weigh about 20kg with packaging. The sports sets weigh around 15kg with the packaging.

Do I need special tools to set up my Xpole?

no All rods are simply clamped between floor and ceiling. The tool for fine adjustment and locking of the rods is included in the sets.

Tools that are required for any structural measures (drill, screwdriver, spirit level,...) are not included in the sets.

Will the pole damage the floor or ceiling?

The special ceiling panels allow the pole to be mounted without drilling or damaging the ceiling or floor (provided that the room height does not exceed around 3 - 3.3m). The contact surfaces on both the top and bottom plates are specially rubberized to prevent the contact surfaces from being scratched. However, the pressure can cause a ring-shaped imprint, as is the case with heavy furniture.

Which ceilings and floors are suitable for setting up my pole dance pole and which are not?

The most important thing when setting up your pole is a stable cover. The rubber ring on the bottom and top plate prevents the pole from slipping, which makes it suitable for almost any floor. With the ceiling, however, you have to make sure that it is stable and not covered, such as a wooden panel or a sheetrock ceiling. These would not be stable enough to counteract the pressure exerted by the rod when clamped.

What do I do if my ceiling is not stable enough?

That depends on what kind of blanket you have. Some paneling or drop ceilings allow you to cut a hole and attach the rod to the "real" ceiling. Another possibility is to build a wooden beam construction at the crossing points of which the rod is attached. Sometimes there is also a beam construction under the ceiling to which the ceiling is attached. Then the rod could be attached exactly under such a beam.

In any case, keep in mind that you need an individual solution for you and your ceiling. In any case, contact a craftsman to get tips before you quickly cut open your ceiling ;)

Another option is a stage pole . These are free-standing poles that are attached to a pedestal. The overall construction of a stage pole weighs about 85kg. The bar height is 3m. With additional extensions, you can also achieve lower room heights. A stage pole should not be extended higher than 3m. You can find more information about Stagepoles directly in the article or in the FAQs on the subject of Stagepoles.

How much space do I need to set up a pole?

It is best if you can comfortably walk around your bar with your arms outstretched. Keep in mind that some spins will stretch your whole body off the bar. So better too much than too little space. Unfortunately, experience has shown that most people do not have a 200m2 loft apartment and therefore not enough space. As a rule, you will therefore have to make compromises when it comes to the space around the bar.

What room height can I achieve with the standard Xpole Set?

The construction height of sport bars goes from 2235mm - 2745mm.

The assembly height of Xpert poles ranges from 2285mm - 2785mm.

The assembly height of Xpert poles ranges from 2260mm - 2755mm.

You will find a detailed height table with all variants and heights for each individual pole at the top right under the turquoise dot "Size table".

How high can an Xpole be extended at most?

X-Pole poles can be extended up to a height of 3370mm (Sport and Xpert) or 3400mm (Xpert Pro). Please note that the fewer extensions you use and the larger you choose the extensions, the safest and most stable. So it's better to use 1000mm once than 500mm twice.

If you have a room height of more than 3370mm or 3400mm, you have two options:

  • Competition bar: These are bars whose wall thickness is twice as thick. They also consist of fewer but longer individual parts. They are screwed to the ceiling with a ceiling bracket and adjusted exactly to your room height. They are about twice as expensive as a regular pole set.
  • Stagepole : These are free-standing poles that are attached to a pedestal. The overall construction of a stage pole weighs about 85kg. The bar height is 3m. With additional extensions, you can also achieve lower room heights. A stage pole should not be extended higher than 3m. You can find more information about Stagepoles directly in the article or in the FAQs on the subject of Stagepoles.

For a corresponding offer or more information, simply contact office@polestore.at or +43 650 3624148. We would be happy to advise you.

How do I find the right extension for my pole?

In any case, you have to pay attention to the coating and diameter of your rod. It doesn't matter whether you have a Sport or Xpert or Xpert Pro pole (i.e. rotating or static).

Also note that you need an Xjoint for each extension used. 3 Xjoints (2x200mm, 1x180mm) are included in the set, but you definitely need an Xjoint (200mm) for the two main poles!

You will find the item size chart in turquoise at the top right of each bar. The individual variants including the required Xjoints and extensions are listed there.

In our shop you have the option of ordering a suitable extension for each pole. Simply choose your room height.

If you need help, you are of course always welcome to contact office@polestore.at .

What is an xjoint?

Xjoint is the name of the connecting piece between the individual rod parts or extensions. It bolts inside the pole, allowing for a seamless transition between the individual pole sections.

The standard X-Pole Set includes three Xjoints (1x180mm and 2x200mm). You need 200mm of it to connect the two main poles. The other 2 are intended for the extensions also included in the set or other extensions.

Please note that the 180mm Xjoint can only be used for 100mm or 125mm extensions. For longer extensions you need the 200mm Xjoint.

If you need an additional Xjoint please note the rod diameter.

Is there a load limit for Xpoles or how strong are Xpoles?

There is no official load limit for X-Pole poles. A well-assembled bar that is firmly in place can also be used by two dancers at the same time. That can be over 100kg. The most important thing here is proper and stable construction and proper use. If this is not the case, accidents can definitely occur!!

How long does it take to set up a pole?

The actual construction is very easy and takes no longer than 10 minutes. You should have already found the optimal place and determined the room height. You will find the tools required for assembly in your set. Please read the assembly instructions carefully before assembly!!

Do I have to screw my rod to the ceiling?

That depends on your room height. We recommend using a ceiling bracket from about 3m, with which the rod is screwed to the ceiling.

"Old" and "New" poles, what is that?

In 2014, X-Pole changed technical details on their poles. Bars produced before 2014 are not always compatible with parts produced after 2014. You can tell which system (before 2014 or after 2014) you have by looking at the Xjoints. In the middle of the xjoint is a bump. If this bump is round, your pole is from the old system (i.e. before 2014). If this elevation is elongated oval, your bar comes from the new system (i.e. after 2014).

We only have products for the new system in our shop. Ceiling mounts are compatible with both systems. This is not the case with extensions. In order to combine new extensions with old poles, you need a coupling Xjoint. You can find it under the X-Joints menu item.

What do I do if I need help setting it up?

Here are some Xpole videos (although in English) covering the most common assembly mistakes and assembly itself, as well as assembly instructions and pole height charts

X Pole Sport Pole

Assembly instructions (included in pole set)

Height table with standard heights and necessary extensions up to a room height of 3370mm

Construction video in English with explanations

X-Pole Xpert pole

Assembly instructions (included in pole set)

Height table with standard heights and necessary extensions up to a room height of 3410mm

Construction video in English with explanations

X-Pole Xpert Pro pole

Assembly instructions (included in pole set)

Height table with standard heights and necessary extensions up to a room height of 3380mm

Height table when using a home mount:

The X-Lock system

Assembly instructions for the conversion from Xpert to Xpert Pro poles

operation manual

Installation video for an Xpert pole (English)

If you have any problems, you can also contact us by email at office@polestore or by phone at +43 650 3624148.

What is the best way to clean my rod?

We recommend high-proof alcohol from the pharmacy (e.g. 96% ethanol) and a soft cotton cloth. With the ethanol, grip agent residues and sweat can be removed very well. In addition, it also acts as a disinfectant.

If you don't want to spend that much money, you can simply take high-proof, clear alcohol from the supermarket. Vodka has become very popular here.

Please do not use cleaning agents or cleaning sponges. These things can attack your pole's coating, causing it to rust faster. Also, cleaning products can irritate your skin.

What is the right clothing for pole dancing?

Good adhesion of the skin to the pole is important when pole dancing. The less fabric you wear, the better ;) Short shorts and sports bras are suitable, for example. But a simple bikini also serves the purpose. The main thing is that you feel comfortable in the clothes!

In our store you will of course find a great selection of clothing especially for pole dance.

Which shoes should I wear?

The same applies here as with clothing: for some moves you need skin contact with the pole. But the main thing is that you feel comfortable and safe in your shoes (or without them).

Can I use lotions or oils?

No!! Never use lotions or oils if you plan on working out! You could fall off the pole and seriously injure yourself.