Deity Components new complete product lineup has certainly solidified their place as one of the top component brands, with a full lineup of handlebars, stems, grips, saddles, seatposts, seatpost collars, and pedals. After unveiling an almost completely new product catalog for 2017, the Deity Blacklabel handlebars saw a bit of a remodel. With an all new look, the Deity Blacklabel became Deity's premier downhill specific handlebars. Here in this review, we are comparing the new Blacklabel handlebars to the previous model.
The updated Deity Blacklabel Handlebars are available in 15mm, 25mm, and 38mm rise options
Aside from the wider profile and fresh look, the heart of the Blacklabel handlebar remains unchanged. Deity has stretched the center bore to accommodate the wider profile while maintaining an amazing feel. The Blacklabel handlebar represents the best of what Deity has to offer and is a staple in their line. The Blacklabel handlebars can be found on World Cup riders bike's Brendan Fairclough and Sam Blenkinsop.
Over the last two years I have been riding the Blacklabel handlebars on my trail bikes and downhill bikes! This bar has seen the back of the start gate at many races, including the legendary world cup track at Mont Sainte Anne and the famous dual slalom event at the Sea Otter Classic.
Max Morgan riding the Sea Otter Classic dual slalom with the Deity Blacklabel handlebars // Photo by Mike Thomas
The Deity Blacklabel handlebar is a do it all handlebar. It balances strength and weight, stiffness and compliancy. The updated handlebar still maintains a very similar feel to the previous, just with a new killer look. The new graphics from Deity look pretty sharp and will match most bikes out there! Both bars have proven to be very durable and are more scratch resistant than some other bars I've ridden. For me, I don't need the full 800mm width the bars come stock as. Cutting the bars down will increase the stiffness slightly.
Max Morgan is 25 years old, and lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Max grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started racing downhill at the age of 15. He has now been racing professionally for the last 7 years, competing in the U.S. Pro GRT series and UCI World Cup series. Check out Max's rider spotlight here!
Also check out Max's latest edit riding at Neko Mulally's Windrock Bike Park.