First Look: Deity Releases New Stems, Grips, & Pedals

Apr 22, 2024 at 10:03
by Dario DiGiulio  
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Deity came into Sea Otter 2024 with a whole host of new parts, essentially revamping their lineup in a single sweep. Two new pedal designs, a new stem length, and a new grip, all in a whole host of colors as is the Deity way.



First up, we have the updated Copperhead stem. The design is principally the same as before, but they're adding a 42mm length. This splits the difference between 35 and 50mm lengths nicely, and matches offset on most forks perfectly.

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Copperhead Stem Details

• 31.8 or 35mm clamp options
• 6061 T6 aluminum
• 30-33mm clamp stack height
• 55mm clamp width
• 7 color options
• Price: $104.99 USD

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Up next is the new Flat Trak pedal, which will be replacing the Bladerunner in the lineup. It's the thinnest symmetrical, non-offset pedal Deity has ever made, and features the same internals as the popular T-Mac model. It will be available in early June.

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Flat Trak Pedal Details

• 110x105mm pedal body
• 14mm thick, 1mm concave
• 14 pins per side
• 6061 T6 aluminum
• 7 color options
• Price: $169.99 USD

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Flat Trak left, Supervillain right.

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The other new pedal in the lineup is the Supervillain, a deeply concave option similar to the T-Mac. It shares the same internals, but has a different overall shape, and comes in at a slightly lower price.

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Supervillain Pedal Details

• 113x105mm pedal body
• 18mm thick, 2.5mm concave
• 14 pins per side
• 6061 T6 aluminum
• 7 color options
• Price: $169.99 USD

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Megattack Grip Details

• 36mm outer diameter
• 140mm length
• Deity's stickiest compound
• Tapered inner sleeve
• 12 grip colors, 6 clamp colors
• Price: $27.99 USD

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You can find out more at Deity's website.

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130 Comments
  • 83 1
 the supervillains look super nice. too bad my five year old tMacs will probably last another 10 years so I won't have a need for them
  • 60 0
 The lack of grumbling, despite utterly neglected, from my T-Macs is now getting borderline rude.
  • 6 1
 I wish they'd stock the rebuild kits for the Tmacs been waiting two years for one.
  • 10 0
 @somebody-else: Wow, been looking in the wrong place apparently. Deity website still shows out of stock. Thank you for the link.
  • 6 0
 100% I've been running TMacs on my enduro rig for 4.5 seasons and they haven't needed one bit of maintenance.
  • 24 0
 Thanks for the running the TMACs for the past 5 years!
  • 9 0
 @Caddz: Deity employee here- we do offer a pedal rebuild service for $40 which includes a return shipping label as well, feel free to call us if you want to send them in and we will freshen them up for you!
  • 3 0
 @suppsy754: Good to know, I ordered two of the kits linked above, so I should be set for a while.
  • 7 0
 @suppsy754: I can honestly say that Deity products are solid, and the employees even better.
  • 2 0
 @ryan189: Too kind, thanks for the love!!
  • 44 0
 Ok I get that the last thing the industry needs is more milled pedals and stems, but fuck me just look at them.
  • 5 0
 look like purple squares to me.
  • 6 0
 Always room for more Deity bits!
  • 2 0
 It definitely needs more milled pedals that are both a great big square and concaved. Not a stupid tapperd shape that you cant stand on with a bloody spindle in the middle.
  • 21 0
 These Supervillain pedals are bad news for me, being both a huge MF DOOM fan and a notorious compulsive buyer of flat pedals.
  • 26 0
 You will be hyped on our lead up campaign on IG if you are a MF Doom fan...
  • 3 0
 @deityusa: all caps when you spell the man name
  • 19 0
 36mm grips? You son of a bitch. I'm in.
  • 5 1
 Finally a grip for man hands.
  • 3 1
 @hydraulica: Yeah, man hands!!
  • 7 0
 And wider...proper proportions for those looking for a bigger option.
  • 4 0
 @deityusa: How bout making a clip in pedal.? Something like a HT X3 maybe. We seriously need some more choices of good clip pedals. PLEASE!
  • 18 0
 @likeittacky: May just be in the works...
  • 7 0
 @deityusa: THIS is now the big news in my world. Gimme something that competes with the Saint M821 in sweet, sweet ano colors and my money is yours.
  • 2 0
 @deityusa: why not now, I want it now!
  • 5 0
 But I've got these tiny hands...cant even grip a Whopper :. (
  • 10 0
 The Flat Tracks, they will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.
  • 8 0
 You will LOVE them! Without a doubt, our riders who have been testing them the past 2 years are absolutely raving about them.
  • 3 0
 Stop torturing yourself, you'll never afford them, live in the now!!
  • 2 0
 Party on Wayne.
  • 1 0
 @deityusa: howdy/ either of these new flat pedal options more convex shaped for mid foot riders with huge yams?
  • 6 0
 I'm been loving my deftraps. Been so good just suffering from some bushings play now 3 seasons on. Wish I could just buy fresh bushings without buying a full rebuild kit. The cost of the rebuild kit is just so close to new pedals that makes it a hard purchase....
  • 1 0
 Also, their pins use a proprietary nut size so it's impossible to buy longer pins. If they made a Deftrap Mk2 then slightly longer pins, standard M sizes and perhaps a slightly slimmer body. Keep all the colours please! I love the mint one Smile
  • 9 0
 What is the point to matching fork offset with stem length?
  • 9 5
 Something Minnaar said in an interview a decade ago that people take as gospel. Ironically the same folks I hear parrot this also all run flat levers like Yoann Barelli. They're the type of folks to spend more time worrying about bike setup compared to learning to ride better.
  • 7 1
 @GTscoob: LOL- why does anybody run any length stem? or set their levers high or low? or a bar width? or saddle tilt? It's all personal preference, Find a bike and set up that feels natural to you and you will ride better. No need to be OCD about it, but certainly you should get it to feel right.
  • 14 2
 A purely coincidental relationship. While it's possible a rider prefers the feel of a stem length that matches the fork offset, it's not because the stem length matches the fork offset.

Stem length is part of the handling function, but so are bar sweep, bar rise, and bar roll. And that's just the cockpit! We also have to consider mechanical trail, wheel flop, tire width, etc.

It's a similar coincidental relationship to KOPS ("knee over pedal spindle", the belief that ideal saddle position is achieved with the tibial tubercle directly above the pedal spindle with the crank at the 3 o'clock position). If KOPS were valid, recumbent bikes would not be possible. An ideal fit on an conventional road bike will place the tibial tubercle close to vertically above the spindle, but, again, the quality of the fit is not because of this relationship.
  • 1 0
 marketing
  • 2 2
 It gives a very "neutral" steering feel/ response. Oneup and Tenet also have a 42, Burgtec has 42.5. Fraezen has a 44.

I run a 45 stem to go w my 44 offset.
  • 2 2
 As usual @R-M-R: nailed it.

Stem length is one variable that affects handling. Period. Pick the stem length that gives the steering feel you're looking for. If you can't feel a difference, that's great. Feel free to shut up about it.

Personally, I'm all about the 42mm stem with 44mm fork offset @63.5 degrees. Bar roll just a hair forward of neutral. Of course there are other variables that matter here. Nothing wrong with any other setup if it works for you, but after testing like it's my job for nearly a decade (because it was) that's 100% the setup that's fastest, most predictable, and most comfortable for me, regardless of reach, wheel size, or suspension travel. 35mm slows down direction changes more than I like. 50mm delivers more feedback to the bars when things get wild. There's nothing magical about it. Just standard bracketed testing - improve until adjusting in either direction makes it worse.
  • 3 0
 @DirtCrab: Salute

I'll add that a 42 mm stem with zero bar sweep is the same as a 100 mm stem with 58 mm of bar sweep or a -42 mm stem with 84 mm of sweep, etc. Doesn't matter how your hands get there, only where they end up. Anyone who insists on equal stem length and ignores bar sweep isn't accomplishing what they think they're accomplishing (which was an erroneous relationship in the first place).
  • 2 0
 @R-M-R: curious if you have tried any extreme methods of getting your hands in the same place and if it felt the same?
Concerning the stem length, in my mind, I'm perceiving the leverage it gives, which I agree is most definitely affected by the bar geo. I also perceive the offset as a lever and that matching the stem to it is matching these 2 levers that are directly related to steering, giving it the neutral feel of not over/understeering.
This of course is only looking at cockpit and offset.
  • 2 0
 @J26z: Respectfully, that's not how leverage works. A super long stem paired with a bar that has extreme rearward offset is the same as a straight stem and straight bar. All that matters is the point at which the force is applied, relative to the axis of rotation.

The internal stresses in the long stem and long bar would be greater, creating more flex within those elements (assuming equivalent construction), but it would not produce more steering torque.
  • 1 0
 @R-M-R: Have you tried this? I assume it would feel strange. Are you saying that if you had a 100mm stem with backsweep that brought your hands 50mm back from the center of the bar clamp vs a 50mm stem with a completely flat bar, that it would somehow be the same in relation to steering, and the leverage over the bike?
Also respectfully, wouldn't the transfer of force matter? Whether you had a 12 deg backsweep or a 7 deg backsweep bar mounted to a 50mm stem, the force your from your hands would transfer directly to the stem and continue to transfer...no?
And with the fork offset matching stem length, wouldn't the stem and wheel rotate "more together" as the steer tube rotates?
Genuinely trying to understand what you're saying compared to my field testing experience.
  • 2 0
 @J26z: Yes, I am saying that a 100 mm stem and a bar with 50 mm of rearward offset would function exactly the same, in every way (other than flex within the bar and stem), as a 50 mm stem and straight bar. If you wish to study the concept, try searching the terms "forces", "moments", and "torque"; you should find plenty of online textbooks and course notes. I say that with the intention of being helpful, not to be impolite - after all, textbooks and university courses are how I learned it!

The forces would "transfer" exactly the same. It's all about the moments and torques. For example, if you were turning a nut with a 12" wrench (meaning 12 inches, measured in a straight line, from the heel of your hand to the nut), it doesn't matter if the wrench is straight or curved, or if it extends ten feet one way and comes back nine feet. All that matters is the force you apply perpendicular to the axis of rotation and the offset between that perpendicular force and the axis of rotation. The bar-stem-steerer system functions in the same way.

Regarding hands and wheel rotating "more together": No. Assuming a stem length equal to the fork offset and an 800 mm bar:

• Wheel hub: Rotates around the steering axis in a circle with radius equal to the fork offset.
• Bar clamp of the stem: Same arc as the hub ... but that doesn't matter.
• Hands: Rotate in an arc around the steering axis with a radius of √(width² + length²), where "width" is the bar width and "length" is the bar-stem net offset (stem length and bar offset).
• Centering moment: The net length creates a lever that, as you lean forward on the bar, tends to keep the system centered. Imagine a crazy long stem - let's say a meter: it would be very hard for a rock to deflect the wheel when you're leaning on a meter long lever.

We need to combine these steering input variables with handling variables. Head-tube angle, fork offset, and wheel size combine to create the mechanical trail of the front wheel. This system operates independently of the inputs previously discussed. For a given wheel size, you could achieve similar trail via a slacker head-tube angle with greater offset or a steeper head-tube angle and lesser offset. These systems with equal trail would have other handling differences, but I can cover only so much!

I hope I'm getting across that:

• Stem length doesn't matter
• Bar-stem net offset does matter, but there's nothing intrinsically superior to the net length matching the fork offset
• I don't deny that current geometry works well and an excellent balance of all handling parameters is achieved with a bar-stem net offset that's similar to the fork offset, but the reason it works is not because these parameters are similar, and there's certainly no optimum reached by making them exactly equal
  • 1 0
 @R-M-R: nice response!
...do you believe there is an optimum location for the hands in relation to the steering axis?
  • 2 0
 @J26z: Yes! ... for a given wheel diameter, tire width, fork offset, fork travel, fork tuning, rider CoM location, rider style and skill, rider physique and flexibility, frame geometry, stem length, and terrain. Change any of those variables and you create a new optimum! There is no universally, intrinsically perfect bike at the end of the R&D path. Equipment and set-ups continue to improve, but we also change our riding styles and our trail preferences as equipment changes.

Current popular set-ups are popular for a reason. Everything works well together. There's a range of acceptable configurations for every rider, but it's not so broad as to facilitate wild variability.

For example, maybe you enjoy a bar and stem that combine to produce 40 mm of forward offset and 20 mm of rise. You could maintain the positions of your hands, relative to your hips, the front tire contact patch, and the mechanical trail via a frame that has a slacker head-tube angle, more fork offset, and shorter reach, plus a stem with more extension and ever-so-slightly less rise. The offsets from the steering axis of the hub and your hands will change slightly and the overall set-up will change a fair bit (within the narrow range of "normal" set-ups), but the feel will be extremely similar.

You may slightly prefer one over the other, but it shows the interplay of the variables and that there are no intrinsically correct parameters (such as stem length precisely matching fork offset) for one rider on one trail, let alone all riders on all trails.

As a bonus ramble, think of a road bike or even a recumbent. Wildly different set-ups, such as 200 mm of stem + bar reach with 45 mm of fork offset on a road bike, because the terrain is wildly different. The stem and fork offset correlation is a purely coincidental relationship due to the other parameters of mountain bike equipment and current riding styles.

As a second bonus ramble, wait until we start talking about front linkage suspension with non-concentric steering axes!
  • 7 1
 This is good news. The mid length stem is clutch and any pedal that looks remotely like a tmac has my vote...too bad mine are 3 years old and still like new. Cheers Deity.
  • 11 0
 Lots of love back! We appreciate the support and would not be here without riders like you backing us.
  • 5 0
 @deityusa: stoked to represent
  • 7 3
 The T-Mac was the best flat pedal I could find until the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst. I’ve never understood why more companies don’t go with the much bigger size. Weight?
  • 17 0
 chromag daggas my man. as a big footed person, the big platforms are a game changer.
  • 1 0
 I wonder whether something like size can be patented as indeed, otherwise it would be an obvious choice for a pedal company to add to their line-up. Especially a big company like VP or Wellgo, it is just one more different extrusion mold. It doesn't take much more than any of their other offerings. Then again, Park Tool managed to patent the color blue for tools so that even Schwalbe has to mention that on their tire levers and Unior needs a different color for the North America market. So yeah, I think it might have been patented. That said, I love my Catalyst pedals as well!
  • 6 4
 @adrennan: Dagga > T-Mac
  • 4 0
 Catalyst still isn't a very wide pedal which is the problem most folks with big feet have.

T-Macs were great. Daggas are *chefs kiss*
  • 5 0
 Wish they would release the deftraps with more concavity. Stepping on my buddies Tmacs it is noticeable. but not 100+ dollars noticeable.
  • 8 0
 One crash is worth the $100
  • 6 0
 @somebody-else: I told my wife that one for the hip and chest protection. Need to be careful not to cash that check too often.

Also I prefer nylon pedals when you hit rocks, way smoother.
  • 1 0
 @howejohn: I walk the same tightrope my friend
  • 4 0
 I filed my Deftraps to a 2mm concave and they are awesome.
  • 4 1
 Supervillain feels like a missed opportunity to go bigger. The 42mm stem, I might have to pick one up. I've run 50 and 35mm stems and wished for something in between. Offset matching is silly. There's no magic to it because you still have to add bar sweep and roll to the equation of where your hands will end up.
  • 3 0
 Nice stuff. Bought last year Deity stem, bar, Tmacs and grips. Love them all. Wished that the stem was 40mm, so went for the 30 instead, But maybe I'll change it for the 42 now. I love the Tmacs, those Supervillains look nice too. Hmmmmm, would be great to try it on one of my other bikes. Time to contact Adam, the Dutch distributor, again Smile
  • 6 0
 Hell yeah big, soft, colorful grips that aren't foam.
  • 5 0
 I think I'm the only one not on T Mac pedals, Bladerunner instead, love 'em, no play and quiet after 2 years, good stuff.
  • 6 0
 Thanks for running the Bladerunner! The Flat Trak is the next evolution of that pedal so keep an eye on it as time progresses. I think you may like it.
  • 3 0
 I just got bladerunners for my new [to me] bike. Love em so far.
  • 2 0
 @deityusa those pedals look great. A coach I used pointed out to me that rectangular shaped pedals (vs the more hexagon shaped pedals, e.g. Daggas or Vaults) stops your feet rotating forward and outwards which I'd never noticed, but was striking when I compared my Vaults to my more rectangular Wah Wah 2s afterwards. What I could really do with though is a rectangular pedal with a greater Q factor as I'm a bit duck footed. I want the shape of your pedals with the axle length of e.g. the Daggas. Any chance of a longer axle version?
  • 2 0
 Vital's PTA measurement has the Dagga at 112mm and Tmac at 115mm. So in theory the Tmac already has a hair more useable q-factor. The Dagga has a bigger platform, but its additional width is on the inner edge. It looks like the only pedals they've tested with significantly greater PTA are the Wah Wah 2 (119mm) and Tag Metals T1 (120mm).

I also found the Vaults to feel less stable as compared to larger pedals. I'm not sure if it's because of the shape, size, forward offset, or all of the above.
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: this interesting. I measured the outside edge on a wah-wah 2 to be exactly the same distance from the cranks as my deftraps, and I thought the deftraps were supposed to be basically plastic tmacs. Maybe the wah-wah is slightly different in aluminum too. Anyway, I hated the wah-wah, love the deftraps, but I would like a wider pedal. The outside pins hit about an inch to an inch and a half inside of the outside edge of my shoe, so I've got a lot of foot hanging off the edge of the pedal, even on the deftraps.
  • 2 0
 @brianb11: maybe the exact details are less important than the fact that even with the massive number of pedals on the market, not many are truly wide. Have you seen pedal extenders? Just remembered those exist. No idea if they are considered safe for MTB.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: yeah I actually bought a cheap pair years ago then got too nervous to actually use them on my mountain bike and returned them haha. Oh well, maybe someday a brand will actually bring a pedal that supports my whole foot...
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: that’s really good info, thank you!
  • 2 0
 Love Deity components. I use to run bladerunners forever. I would get longer pins for the front and rear of the pedals for more grip and slightly more concave while maintaining a lighter and thinner profile than a T-Mac. I use to call it the best enduro flat pedal for the rocky east coast. Only downfall was the aluminum was super thin where the pins threaded into. So the taller pins had more leverage when striking rocks causing damage to the threads of the pedal from time to time. So I’m really looking forward to trying the new flat trak! Also stoked to finally see a 42mm length copper head stem added to the line up!
  • 9 4
 Finally some grips for grown up men
  • 8 0
 If they were on their website I would have ordered them already.
  • 6 0
 Supracush were my go to. These look like they''ll be my new go to.
  • 4 0
 So glad I'm a grown up man!
  • 8 0
 @mtmc99: The Megattack will be available in early June! If you want a true high performance large grip...these are phenomenal. Wider as well as thicker but you feel locked in when grabbing them. Expect to see a rad vid from us with Ben Cathro who has been on them for quite a while during our real world testing program.
  • 5 0
 @deityusa: sounds like I will be getting new grips in June then!
  • 3 0
 @deityusa: Same feel as SupraCush, just bigger? I tried other brands bigger grips, but they were too hard. I love my SupraCush, but would definitely try these if they have the same squish.
  • 6 0
 @motts: They feel very different than the Supracush. Your grips are all about cushion and are tough to beat for that feature. LOVE everything about the Supracush. The Megattack is insanely comfortable and close to the squish of the Supracush but if it becomes too soft at that diameter, it can have an unstable feeling. It has to have the perfect blend of soft, sticky, yet predictable feel. People who get their hands on the new Megattack are so used to feeling massive grips that are just enlarged but lacking function or feel mushy. Every mm of the Megattack is purposeful.

These will be in every major bike shop in early June, so worth getting your hands on one! You may have just found a new dream grip.
  • 1 0
 @deityusa: To clarify, is the durometer of the Megattack compound firmer than that of the Supracush, but with similar friction?
  • 5 0
 @R-M-R: Same durometer, but the diamond pattern is not as deep as the Supracush so it compresses differently. Coupled with the recessed half waffle on the underside...your fingers lock in keeping the grip feeling super stable.
  • 5 0
 @deityusa: you sweet talker. New and proper big boy grips, I'm in!
  • 3 0
 @The-Reverend: We have real world tested these grips with people 6 ft 7" to 5 ft 11" and the love is felt. Really excited for you to try them.
  • 1 0
 @deityusa: That's good to hear they will hold up better than the Supracush, I burned through a pair of them in about 2 months.
  • 3 0
 @deityusa: Thank you for the detailed information. While I have your ear, I'm a big fan of push-on grips to maximize the amount of rubber between me and the bar. Obviously, this is of greater importance for thin grips, where the lock-on core leaves little room for rubber, but I'll still choose push-on over lock-on for any thickness, even if I have to safety wire them in place - not to mention the lower cost when using a "here for a good time, not for a long time" durometer.
  • 2 0
 @R-M-R: +1 for push on grips. A bit of grip wrestling once in a blue moon is well worth the effort to get an extra mm of thickness of rubber between you and the bar. A compressor makes it super easy anyway.
  • 3 0
 @Brave1i1toaster: Yeah, but worth it. You can order just the grip part for around $15 from Deity and re-use the lock-on ring.
  • 1 0
 What happened to the dudes selling deity pedals at half price in the Seattle area? I told Diety about it and they thanked me and never got back to me about it, but they had TMAC pedals and half price which is totally against their structure
  • 3 0
 It's like you don't even care. The other BIG IMPOSSIBLE TO MISS CHANGE TO THE STEM IS THE RISE. Idiots.
  • 3 0
 glad to see the bladerunner replacement still has wrench flats. I love my bladerunners and i hate hex-only pedals.
  • 1 0
 I'm simply happy to see that wrench flats aren't going away. Pedals had to have very convincing features for me to overlook the missing wrench flats, like having a big pedal platform and not having the front of the pedal further away from the spindle.
  • 2 0
 So rad to see all the fresh DEITY goods at Sea Otter. Big shout-out to Taylor who hooked my son up with a new pair of beautiful orange Slimfits! We are customers for life!!!
  • 4 0
 Want
  • 3 0
 Looks like you’ve had some practice taking those grip pics
  • 1 0
 Dang, the bladerunners were my go to for ever. The convex design and how thin and light but also monster platform. Rip, guess I’ll need to buy those wolf tooth ripsaws now.
  • 1 0
 @deityusa any word on bringing back white colored logo handlebars to your catalogue? I cant replace my white Brendog 800's and they were the absolute business!
  • 2 0
 I have the last generation purple pedals. If anyone cares the anodizing matches Hope purple perfectly. Thanks deity!
  • 2 1
 Can't find any info on their website for these pedals. Any word on availability?
  • 4 0
 The Supervillain and Flat Trak pedals will be available in early June!
  • 2 0
 @deityusa: Perfect, thank you!
  • 1 0
 @deityusa: that is like forever away. Short attention spans around these parts.
  • 1 0
 Now you just need to add a 30mm stem option.
  • 4 0
 30mm (30.5 really) is lovely, but since every manufacturer seems obsessed with pushing the (in my opinion daft) 35mm bar "standard" and the shortest you can do with that is 32 (31.8mm absolute minimum) we seem to have very few options for it now... Progress!
  • 1 0
 @G-Sport: I'm on the 30mm from Industry Nine and I love the thing. But it's the only thing missing from my Deity kit.
  • 1 0
 Great width, but too wide!
  • 1 0
 @dietyusa as per 42mm stem - Loose Dog must be responsible
  • 1 3
 Wow- it’s a Kona Wah Wah at double the price!
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