Although it has fresh graphics and a new finish, we actually tested the Deity carbon Skywire over four years ago. It was £20 cheaper back then, but has anything else changed?
Most trail, enduro and electric mountain bikes come fitted with full width bars, usually with a good shape and a reasonably low weight. With this in mind, if you’re going to make a genuinely purposeful upgrade then a pricey, premium spec carbon bar needs to make a noticeable difference. The best mountain bike handlebars should improve the bike’s overall ride quality as well as trimming some weight. If they look slick, then that’s an added bonus too.
According to our scales, the Deity carbon Skywire is now 7g lighter, and the overall weight is competitive for a composite bar that’s 800mm wide. You could save a few grams by cutting it down, and Deity does make this easier by adding 5mm cut marks to either end of the bar. Fitting the stem to this bar is also pretty easy, and you don’t have to over torque the bolts because it has a textured, non-slip surface at the stem clamp area. However, this has been removed from the control centres, which is probably a good thing because we always found the sharp edge on the lock-on collars would often mark the carbon surface.
The Skywire has a 9° backsweep and 5° upsweep and is offered in 15mm and 25mm rise. On our test bike, we tipped the bar slightly forward to knock off a bit of the rake and add some height, because even the 25mm option does come up a bit shallow.
The centre bulge is quite short on this bar, so in theory it should have a good amount of resilience, but it actually feels pretty wooden compared to the Race Face SixC, and obviously the One Up alloy. Steering is direct, but on a stiff frame with a big Fox 38 fork it’s not the most comfortable, and cutting the bar down will make it feel worse.
If you want to add some precision and save weight the Deity Skywire bar is a good choice for enduro racing and harder riding. You might want to shop around for a discount though, because at full price it’s not particularly good value.