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Deity Components Blacklabel 800 Review

The Diety Blacklabel is a stiff aluminum handlebar for hard charging DH and enduro riders.
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Price:  $85 List | $84.99 at Competitive Cyclist
Pros:  Stiff, good control, good style
Cons:  Heavy, designed specifically for DH, not much vibration reduction
Manufacturer:   Deity Components
By Dillon Osleger ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Stiffness & Compliance - 30% 8
  • Control - 30% 7
  • Weight - 20% 5
  • Style & Design - 20% 6

Our Verdict

There is one handlebar manufacturer in this review that finds itself aboard the cockpit of top 20 ranked world cup DH riders, and that is Diety. Deity debuted the Blacklabel as their flagship DH bar that could also make anyone's stock enduro or trail bike a trail-taming machine. We put this bar through its paces, and while we were impressed in its ability to live up to its claims, it didn't strike us as the best all-rounder. It's the heaviest model we tested, by a fair margin, and testers found that it didn't dampen vibration as well as the carbon competition. If you're looking for a beast of a bar to put on your DH rig, this could be a good option for you.


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Pros Stiff, good control, good styleLightweight, great control, vibration dampening, stylishLightweight, stiff, great control characteristicsLightweight, good control, designed for rough terrainAdjustable width, lightweight, comfortable feel
Cons Heavy, designed specifically for DH, not much vibration reductionNot the lightest, expensiveLimited style and rise options, expensiveLimited selection, expensiveless stiff than others, 31.8mm clamp only
Bottom Line The Diety Blacklabel is a stiff aluminum handlebar for hard charging DH and enduro riders.The Deity Speedway checked all of our boxes and takes home our Editor's Choice Award.The Santa Cruz Carbon Riser is a high quality carbon handlebar that has an ideal blend of lightweight, stiffness/compliance, and control for all types of riding.The Race Face Next R handlebar is a lightweight carbon fiber model and one of our top rated favorites.The Ibis Adjustable is an innovative carbon model that allows the user to repeatedly adjust the width of their handlebars.
Rating Categories Blacklabel 800 Speedway 35 Carbon Riser Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R 35 Carbon Ibis Carbon Adjustable Width
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Specs Blacklabel 800 Speedway 35 Carbon... Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R... Ibis Carbon...
Weight 340g 245g 227g 215g 254g with inserts / 236g without inserts
Clamp Diameter 31.8mm 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm
Material 7075 T73 aluminum uni-directional carbon carbon fiber unidirectional carbon carbon fiber
Width 800mm 810mm 800mm 800mm Adjustable from 750mm to 800mm,
Rise tested 15mm 30mm 20mm 20mm 30mm
Upsweep (degrees) 5 5 7 5 5
Backsweep (degrees) 9 9 9 8 9
Available Widths (mm) 800mm 810mm 760/800mm 800mm 750/800mm
Avaialable Clamp Diameters (mm) 31.8mm 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm
Rise Options 15mm, 25mm, 38mm 10mm, 20mm, 35mm 10mm, 30mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Balancing strength, weight, style, stiffness, comfort, and price is challenging, but Deity gave it a shot and managed to create something special, albeit not perfect, with their efforts. We tested the Blacklabel aboard an enduro bike or two, but it never quite lived up to the performance of its carbon brother, the Deity Speedway Bar. Overall, weight and design killed this bar's chances of taking the best value award away from the Renthal FatBar 35. Don't let the low score fool you, this is a great bar, just not a great bar for everyone. If DH or enduro riding are your bread and butter, this bar rises far closer to the top of our lists.

Performance Comparison



If you're inclined to come around corners with a foot out and throw some roost on shuttle laps  then the Blacklabel could be a good option.
If you're inclined to come around corners with a foot out and throw some roost on shuttle laps, then the Blacklabel could be a good option.

Stiffness & Compliance


If this bar is being run by World Cup Downhillers Brendan Fairclough and Sam Blenkinsop, you can bet these bars are stiff. Designed to hold up to the rigors of world cup DH tracks, while feeling just as home on technical enduro trails, these bars were designed to be stiff enough to hold lines and compliant enough to reduce vibration over the chatter. They may not be the most comfortable, but when winning margins are .1 second over a 3-minute run, you can ignore the hand fatigue.

They are plenty stiff even with a 31.8mm bore/clamp diameter, and the 800mm width provides ample leverage. Steering feels direct and precise, but maybe a touch too little compliance leaves these bars on the slightly uncomfortable end of the spectrum compared to bars that reduce vibration better like the Spank Oozy Vibrocore or Ibis Adjustable Carbon, both of which are designed around the 31.8mm clamp diameter. More comfortable 35mm options include the Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon and RaceFace Next R bars.

Steering and control feel good with the Balcklabel  although the hand fatigue they caused was greater than with other models.
Steering and control feel good with the Balcklabel, although the hand fatigue they caused was greater than with other models.

Control


We liked the sense of control provided by the stiffness of these bars, but couldn't ignore the hand fatigue generated by them over relatively short runs. They are stiff, and steering feels very direct with plenty of leverage for muscling the bike around at speed or through rock gardens. It didn't take long, however, for our testers to start losing feeling in their hands with the feedback that came straight through them. If these bars came in a more fatigue friendly and lighter platform they would leap to the top of our aluminum choices.

If you are an enduro rider dead set on aluminum and style isn't your highest priority, the Renthal Fatbar 35 is likely the ticket for you based on stiffness and control. Okay spending twice the amount for a better bar? RaceFace Next R and the Deity Speedway are right up your alley.

They certainly don't look it  but the Blacklabel  2nd from the right  is notably heavier than any other bar we tested.
They certainly don't look it, but the Blacklabel, 2nd from the right, is notably heavier than any other bar we tested.

Weight


Ooof, 340 grams isn't really what we would define as an upgrade to any cockpit, but if you're mainly focused on the downhill, that weight might be something you can look past. The Blacklabel had the lowest score in this metric, weighing a whole 35 grams more than its closest competitor and more than 100 grams over the lighter carbon offerings.

If you have dreams of uphill KOMS, racing XC, going on long backcountry adventure rides, or squirreling up technical singletrack, you should probably stop reading this review now and look at our takes on the RaceFace Next R or Ibis Adjustable Carbon Bar. If you are in search of a lighter but still absurdly stiff package, the Enve M7 is calling to you.

The Blacklabel is the heaviest handlebar we tested  we wouldn't be inclined to put this on our trail bike for long days in the saddle with lots of climbing...
The Blacklabel is the heaviest handlebar we tested, we wouldn't be inclined to put this on our trail bike for long days in the saddle with lots of climbing...

Style & Design


Hands down, if we had one, the style and finish award for this test would go to Deity for both the Blacklabel and the Speedway bars. Great looks are certainly a consideration when you spend a bunch of money on something, but they aren't the heaviest weighted metric. As far as style is concerned, we were impressed by the platinum anodized finish with phantom graphics color we tested and the fact that they are available in black anodized with 8 different graphic colors. Of course, Deity also offers a full range of parts and accessories in matching colors to fully pimp your ride. If we were building up an affordable showroom bike, these would likely be present on that build, but style only goes so far.

Deity clearly put some time and effort into the design, testing, and manufacture of the Blacklabel bars. They are offered only in a 31.8mm bore, and despite being the narrower clamp diameter, they do not lack in the stiffness department. It stands to reason that the smaller bore diameter could result in a more compliant bar, but our testers found these to be some of the stiffest and harshest bars in the test with little if any vibration dampening. Deity has provided marks on the bar's ends for easy trimming, plus they offer it in three rise options with 25mm and 38mm in addition to the 15mm rise version we tested.

Platinum anodized you say? It also comes in black anodized with 8 different color options to match any bike or style preference.
Platinum anodized you say? It also comes in black anodized with 8 different color options to match any bike or style preference.

Value


Deity is a hot brand at the moment, producing quality goods with a high-end finish that elicit immediate jealousy from other riders at the trailhead. If you want to be part of the mountain bike fashion show, there aren't many cheaper tickets than the $85 Deity Blacklabel bars. These bars represent the best value to the downhill oriented rider who likes a stiff and burly handlebar and isn't all that concerned about the heavier weight. Deity also covers the Blacklabel bars with a lifetime crash replacement policy to the original owner.

Parking lot tricks aside  the Blacklabel is a burly aluminum handlebar for tackling aggressive terrain.
Parking lot tricks aside, the Blacklabel is a burly aluminum handlebar for tackling aggressive terrain.

Conclusion


Strength, stiffness, and control are all wrapped up in a stylish package in the Deity Blacklabel, but necessary ingredients like weight and comfort are missing, causing this bar to fall in the rankings. That said, if you're a gravity focused rider seeking a stout aluminum handlebar this is an affordable option to consider.


Dillon Osleger