What is a "Deadlift" bar and why would you need one?
If you are really serious about your lifting, and moving some serious weight, like deadlifts of 600 lbs, 700 lbs, 800 lbs, or even more, a deadlift bar may be perfect for you.
StrongArm Deadlift bars are:
- More flexible than a regular power bar. Deadlifting on a regular bar means pulling from a "dead" start, in other words, from zero to 100% of the weight all at once. With a more flexible bar though, the centre of the bar will rise 3 or 4 inches before the weights start to lift, and when they do the plates that are on the inside will lift first, moving towards the outer edge. The result of this is a smoother, more progressive acceleration of the weight, allowing you to lift more actual weight. Most lifters that use a deadlift bar will tell you that they can pull 40 or 50 lbs more with a deadlift bar compared to a standard power bar.
- Thinner than a regular power bar. Most power bars are 29 or 30 mm, a StrongArm deadlift bar is 27 mm. This thinness contributes to the flexibility, and also lets you get more of your hands and fingers around the bar. Particularly important of you use the double overhand "hook" grip.
- Longer sleeves than a regular bar. The longer sleeves allow for more weight to be put on, especially necessary if you are using gym plates, that tend to be wider than competition plates. The long shaft also contributes to the progressive pull that the DL bar is known for.
- Knurling tend to come in two varieties, small, fine points, with sharp tips, or large points with flat tips, (sometimes a bit concave, "volcano" shaped. When we designed our DL bars we told the manufacturer we wanted the best of both worlds, large points, sharply tipped.
Here's a closeup:
- Knurling where you need it, not where you don't. Conventional pullers, meaning your hands are outside of your legs, want knurling for their grip, but not grabbing your thighs on the way up. This bar does that, the knurling to the outside, smooth in the middle.
- Custom made to our specifications, not an off-the-shelf bar.
- Made of Chromium alloy steel. Chromium allow is designed to add hardness to steel.
- Bar weight is 20 kg.
- Finish is bare steel on the shaft, with Chrome sleeves.
"Conventional" or "Sumo"?
The Conventional bar is best for those that deadlift with their hands outside their legs, on the outer knurling. and the smooth part contacting your legs.
The Sumo bar is our own innovation, it has knurling 18" wide in the middle, where your hands will grip, and no knurling outside of that, where the bar will slide up your legs.
Want to keep that new bar looking and feeling new? Use StrongBar barbell lubricant and rust protectant on it!
$16.95 a bottle.
For $349 you won't find a better bar for deadifting than ours.
Below is a review of the bar.
Knurling was a concern as I read some reviews saying it wasn't very good, but it’s as good as my Rogue Ohio Power Bar if not better. I’ve never used a deadlift bar before so I can’t compare to the others, but I’m very happy with it so far. Quality is very good. Whip is more then expected. Definitely recommend it.
Great bar, but I'm disappointed it arrived full of grease as if the grease leaked out from the sleeves and it came with rust stains on the shaft of my brand new bar.
Deadlifted a couple times with this bar now and definitely am a fan. Good whip even with not much weight on the bar (highest I’ve gone is 440 thus far) so excited to see how it does once I work up to back over 500+. Nice aggressive knurl that I am still getting used to - for reference I was using an Ohio power bar before and this one is noticeably more aggressive - downside for some but a plus for me. I’ve heard it stands up to a Texas deadlift bar but is literally half the price so you really can’t beat that. All in all solid bar that I look forward to abusing for a long time to come and you cannot beat the price!
Beautiful, high quality bar especially for the price / arrived in about a week / knurling twice as aggressive as my olympic bar I was deadlifting with / noticeable whip and bend even with weights sub-400.
This is my first time using an actual deadlift bar compared to a power bar and man you can really tell the difference. I normally struggle when getting up into the low 400's, with this bar I was doing sets of doubles with 405. The whip is great and knurling is fairly aggressive. Cant wait to progress more now having a proper bar. Cant beat the price for the quality.