Another difference between the deadlift bar and the stiff bar is the distance between the sleeves. The deadlift bar shaft is about 4.5″ longer than a standard bar.
The longer shaft plays into the flexibility I already mentioned. But it also allows more room for wide or snatch grips.
Best Deadlift Grip For Lifting Heavy Weights
With so much more distance between the sleeves, the deadlift bar comes in at about 4″ longer than a stiff bar.
Deadlift bars sometimes have shorter sleeves than a regular bar. Specifically, the sleeves are about ¾” shorter.
While this slightly reduces the number of plates you can add, it increases the durability of the bar. And that’s important when you repeatedly drop the bar on the floor during deadlifts.
Other Deadlift Bar Attributes
Along with different weights and dimensions, there are two other attributes of deadlift bars of which you should be aware. These are the knurling and tensile strength.
Knurling is a pattern of crossing lines that form diamond-shaped bumps on a bar’s surface. The knurling of a barbell is there to provide extra grip.
On a deadlift bar, the knurling has deeper grooves and more pronounced diamonds. This aggressive texture maximizes grip on heavy pulling movements.
In addition, deadlift bars don’t have center knurling, which tends to get caught on legs or clothing during the deadlift.