Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar

  • Manufacturer: Strongarm Sport
  • Purpose: Deadlifting
  • Bar Weight: 20kg
  • Tensile Strength: N/A
  • Yield Strength: N/A
  • Knurl Type: Aggressive
  • Center Knurl: Yes
  • Knurl Marks: N/A
  • Shaft Finish: Bare Steel
  • Shaft Diameter: 27mm
  • Sleeve Finish: Bare Steel
  • Sleeve Type: Grooved
  • Rotation System: Bushing
  • Made In: Import
  • Warranty: N/A

Read below to get a closer look at the Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar including product details, features, real user feedback, and more.


Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar

The Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar, as the name implies, is specifically designed with the sumo deadlifter in mind. This bar represents a good value and has strong feedback from users.

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Features & Highlights

  • Bare Steel – Bare Steel is the most cost-effective “finish” available because… well… it’s not finished in anything. Because of that, it ranks very highly in the ‘feel’ department. You’ll get a completely raw texture that provides outstanding grip. It also takes chalk very well. The downside to bare steel is that it’s very prone to oxidation. There is no preventing it, although 3-in-1 oil or similar is commonly used to mitigate it. 
  • Knurl Pattern – The Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar, like most deadlift bars, offers an aggressive knurling, making it ideal for heavy attempts. This particular bar has a very pronounced mountainous profile as compared to the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar, which has a volcanic pattern, which is generally less aggressive.
  • Inverted Knurling Location – The unique thing about this bar is that it’s made for sumo deadlifters. Where most deadlift bars do not have a center knurl, this bar does… a big one. This way the lifter can grip a knurled portion of the bar while also protecting their legs from sharp knurling. Yes, this bar has removed the outer knurl. No knurl on legs, yes knurl on hands. It’s a sumo lifter’s dream.
  • 27mm Shaft – This bar comes equipped with a thin 27mm shaft, which is standard for a deadlift bar. Between that and the shaft being ~4″ longer than a traditional barbell, the deadlift bar will experience significantly more whip, especially as compared to a 29mm power bar. This will allow you to overload the deadlift.
  • Grooved Sleeves – The grooved sleeves will tend to keep the plates on the bar better than a smooth sleeve when not using collars, but they will also be louder. Like the shaft, these sleeves are also bare steel. 
  • Total Length & Sleeve length – The Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar has a total length of 90.9″ with a loadable sleeve length of 15.5″. While the total length of this bar is longer than a traditional bar, the loadable sleeve length is actually shorter by a little less than 1″ on average. Compare this to the Texas Deadlift Bar, which has an 18″ loadable length. The Texas DL Bar is also 2″ longer in total, while the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is ~0.5″ shorter. 

From the Manufacturer

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 Sport Deadlifts 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 a few 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 if you use the double overhand “hook” grip.
  • 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. 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.

What They’re Saying at

The Strongarm Sport Sumo Deadlift Bar receives very positive feedback from users. With an average rating of 4.9/5, here are some of the things people have said at


  • “On par with the Texas DL Bar minus ripped open shins! Love this bar. Already have hit a couple big PRs since getting this bar 2 weeks ago!”
  • “The grip on the knurl is great. Flex of the bar at 27mm is very nice for pulling. It’s an attractive bar to the eye with the ribbed sleeves.”
  • “Got this for my home garage gym during the start of the pandemic. Shipping was super fast. Packaging was perfect. Bar arrived in perfect condition. I lift both conventional and sumo. I MUCH prefer this bar for sumo. Knurling is just right and in the right place(s). Besides sumo I use it for other accessory lifts as well. I definitely recommend.”
  • “Best item ever, especially if you’re like me a cheater who pulls sumo. First day using this thing was like using a game genie on my Super Nintendo. I cheated my way to a PR! Honestly l, best barbell for sumo. Doesn’t scrap ya up, lots of good knurl for the grip, and get lots of extra pull. “
  • “Bar is the first deadlift bar I’ve used regularly, and I am very pleased with it. The modification to the knurling to accommodate sumo deadlifters is a great feature, and my shins are grateful. Also top notch customer service, even in these difficult times. Would highly recommend both products I own and the company to anyone!”


  • “The sleeve length is not very long, so some users my run out of room using bumper plates. Personally, i find the knurling to be a little short for my setup, as my grip wants to be at least a finger or more outside of the knurled area, making me either pull with a narrower grip than I’d like, or grip with some of my hand on the smooth.”

Garage Gym Lab Review

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