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Deity Components Speedway 35 Carbon Riser Review

The Deity Speedway checked all of our boxes and takes home our Editor's Choice Award.
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Price:  $170 List | $152.99 at Competitive Cyclist
Pros:  Lightweight, great control, vibration dampening, stylish
Cons:  Not the lightest, expensive
Manufacturer:   Deity Components
By Dillon Osleger ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Control - 30% 9
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  • Style & Design - 20% 8

Our Verdict

The overall winner of our test, with high scores across the board, the Deity Speedway Carbon is an excellent choice for anyone looking to put the finishing touches on their enduro or trail bike. This lightweight carbon handlebar has a winning blend of stiffness and compliance, a comfortable yet precise feel, and quality craftsmanship. More than just an upgrade in handling, fit, and performance, this bar has some of the most revered designers and minds in the bike industry behind its good looks. If you want to roll up to the parking lot and have people drool over your bars before you leave them in the dust on the downhill, look no further, but read on.


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Pros Lightweight, great control, vibration dampening, stylishLightweight, stiff, great control characteristicsLightweight, good control, designed for rough terrainAdjustable width, lightweight, comfortable feelLightweight, stiff, made in the USA
Cons Not the lightest, expensiveLimited style and rise options, expensiveLimited selection, expensiveless stiff than others, 31.8mm clamp onlyStiff, may be too stiff for some, causes hand fatigue
Bottom Line 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.The M7 is a super stiff carbon handlebar that is made in the USA by ENVE.
Rating Categories Speedway 35 Carbon Riser Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R 35 Carbon Ibis Carbon Adjustable Width ENVE M7
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Specs Speedway 35 Carbon... Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R... Ibis Carbon... ENVE M7
Weight 245g 227g 215g 254g with inserts / 236g without inserts 241g
Clamp Diameter 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm 35mm
Material uni-directional carbon carbon fiber unidirectional carbon carbon fiber carbon fiber
Width 810mm 800mm 800mm Adjustable from 750mm to 800mm, 800mm
Rise tested 30mm 20mm 20mm 30mm 25mm
Upsweep (degrees) 5 7 5 5 4
Backsweep (degrees) 9 9 8 9 8
Available Widths (mm) 810mm 760/800mm 800mm 750/800mm 800mm
Avaialable Clamp Diameters (mm) 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm 35mm
Rise Options 10mm, 20mm, 35mm 10mm, 30mm 10mm, 25mm, 40mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

"Premium Race Goods" is how Deity describes its line of components, and the Speedway 35 is no exception. Incredible feel, control, and looks make this bar a strong bet in all categories and our overall Editor's Choice award winner.

Performance Comparison



The Speedway is an excellent aftermarket handlebar that will almost definitely be an upgrade to your bike's cockpit.
The Speedway is an excellent aftermarket handlebar that will almost definitely be an upgrade to your bike's cockpit.

Stiffness and Compliance


Considering its intended use for pro riders on the UCI DH World Cup circuit, stiffness and steering precision was what this bar was designed for. This is evidenced by the 35mm clamp diameter which provides a sturdy interface between the bar and your stem, as well as the uni-directional carbon layup. Make no mistake, the Speedway is stiff and it responds immediately to rider input. Fortunately, even though DH riders can keep the bike upright under insane speeds, they appreciate some forgiveness, which has been built into the bar primarily through some compliance at the bar's ends.


Unlike some burly carbon handlebars that are punishingly stiff, the Speedway has just enough give engineered into the bar to dampen vibration and take the edge off of high-frequency trail feedback. The flex is just enough to take the edge off and prevent harshness, but not enough to compromise control or steering performance in any way. The bar's compliance is fantastic assuming the bar is being kept at a reasonable width and not cut down narrower than 760mm. Printed marks are provided on the bar ends to make the job of cutting the bar easier and gently provide suggestions to keep the bar's characteristics.

Deity nailed it with the Speedway  this bar is ultra-responsive while also maintaining a very high level of comfort for the hands.
Deity nailed it with the Speedway, this bar is ultra-responsive while also maintaining a very high level of comfort for the hands.

Control


When top athletes are pushing 70km/hr down some of the roughest tracks in the world (see UCI DH), they demand the utmost in control. This is exactly what the Deity Speedway provides. A generous 30mm rise keeps the rider behind the bar, in a better position to lift up and absorb impacts, while 5 degrees of upsweep and 9 degrees of back sweep keep the bar planted at a reasonable angle to the front wheel. With so much rise combined with considerable sweeps, the fit and geometry options provided by rotating the bar within the stem clamp are generous.


The Speedway comes in an 810mm width, making it the widest bar we tested by just 10mm. We trimmed it down to 800mm for personal preference and to more closely match the rest of the test selection. The 800mm width provides plenty of leverage for steering control and bike manipulation, and the 35mm clamp diameter helps to provide ample stiffness in the bar/stem interface. The Speedway delivers the steering precision and control that one would expect from a fancy aftermarket carbon handlebar, plus they dampen vibration quite well. The reduction of trail chatter and high-frequency feedback helps to keep your hands from falling asleep the way that other handlebars can.

The one caveat to the control of this bar comes in the topic of width. This bar was designed to be run as a wide bar, with its control characteristics coming from strategic bends and bore size changes across the bar. Cutting this bar smaller than 760mm drastically changes these characteristics, forcing the bar to become what it was never intended to be. If you are a smaller rider (say shorter than 5'6") or prefer the snappy feel of narrower XC bars, it would be wise to turn to other bar options.

As the name suggests  the Speedway is built for speed on a DH course. Fortunately  it's light enough to be a great option for the trail bike as well.
As the name suggests, the Speedway is built for speed on a DH course. Fortunately, it's light enough to be a great option for the trail bike as well.

Weight


With a measured weight of 245 grams, the Speedway Carbon is competitively lightweight for the carbon fiber models we tested. This is certainly a good choice for reducing the overall weight of your bike, especially when compared to heavier aluminum or stock handlebars. Obviously, Deity put thought towards bar weight but did not make it a priority as their focus has long been in the gravity realm.


If your primary intention when swinging a leg over your bike is to go downhill fast, the extra 30 or so grams the Deity bar penalizes over similar bars like the RaceFace Next R shouldn't be much of a bother. If you are looking to keep things as light as possible, say on an XC-oriented race bike, looking towards other bars may be advisable.

If you're looking for a stylin' handlebar to finish off your flashy build  or just the best bar we tested  the Speedway is it...
If you're looking for a stylin' handlebar to finish off your flashy build, or just the best bar we tested, the Speedway is it...

Style & Design


Deity was born of the lack of style in the mountain bike industry that many consumers wished for. The team there has spent years withholding products on account of dissatisfaction with their own work, resulting in released products only being of the highest quality. The Speedway is one of these releases, showcasing moto reminiscent style with a subdued look to avoid being too flashy. This bar is available in nine different color options, including the subtle colorway we tested, so you can likely match it with your color scheme. Deity also makes a range of parts and accessories in the same colors as the Speedway so you can color-coordinate to your heart's content.


Beyond decal styling alone, these bars are an incredible work of carbon design and engineering, utilizing much of the most recent carbon technology in the industry. The Speedway was designed as a DH handlebar, and they chose the modern 35mm bore size to provide a stiff clamp interface. Deity claims it is the strongest DH/Enduro handlebar on the market, and while we can't substantiate that claim, we can say that the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail is impressive. They have designed the bar in such a way that it provides outstanding precision while also dampening vibration better than most to help you maintain control. Additionally, they have incorporated texture on the bar in the stem clamp interface and the bar's ends to prevent slippage in either area. They have also printed measurements on the bar's ends to assist in the trimming process should you choose to cut them down.

The Speedway combines you confidence-inspiring handling with best in class comfort.
The Speedway combines you confidence-inspiring handling with best in class comfort.

Value


As far as value goes, the Speedway Bar is comparable to the other carbon fiber handlebars in this review. Yes, carbon is expensive and these bars are no drop in the bucket, but we feel they are a solid value. The Speedway will undoubtedly be an upgrade to your bike's handling, comfort, weight, and possibly looks too. No matter if you are looking to make your bike a race weapon or a group ride stunner, this is a solid choice for the money. Deity also backs the bar with a 2-year limited warranty and a lifetime crash replacement plan.

The Speedway took top honors in our test. We feel this is a great upgrade to anyone's cockpit.
The Speedway took top honors in our test. We feel this is a great upgrade to anyone's cockpit.

Conclusion


As indicated in the value section, this is the one bar that says have your cake, and eat it too. Race with the confidence that this bar has withstood some of the hardest impacts in the sport, while also adorning countless showroom bikes intended to stun consumers with good looks. The Speedway takes home our Editor's Choice Award for its winning combination of stiffness, vibration dampening, excellent control, light weight, and style for days.


Dillon Osleger