View Poll Results: Steel or AL Chainring Bolts on Your SS?

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    Steel or AL Chainring bolts?

    What type of chainring bolts are you using on your SS?
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    Steel. I don't trust those Al bolts...

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    tried alloy didn't last long. Went back to steel...I have Ti too, seem OK so far.

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    Re: Steel or AL Chainring bolts?

    Steel? And miss out in this awesomeness.


    I don't have the power to break these.
    Actually as I stated in another thread, I have ripped the steel bolts from my aluminum origin 8 crank on my fatbike. Wrecked that entire crank.

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    Just to be on the safe side I use both.

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    Steel.

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    Only steel can withstand my awesomeness.
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    I've used aluminum for the last few years on my ss. I'm a 190 lb cat 1 racer and haven't had any problems.

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    Steel for me. Peace of mind counts for more than a few grams. And I do not like walking.

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    Re: Steel or AL Chainring bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    Steel for me. Peace of mind counts for more than a few grams. And I do not like walking.
    I do it for the color. Besides, walking your bike through the woods for hours is enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    I do it for the color. Besides, walking your bike through the woods for hours is enjoyable.
    But is that you walking your bike, or your bike walking you? :P

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    Re: Steel or AL Chainring bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    But is that you walking your bike, or your bike walking you? :P
    I think the way I ride my bike is walking me! And I was kidding about hike a bike out of the woods. Still better than a day at the office though!

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    Does it actually matter? They break when they get loose. Has anybody actually sheared an aluminum bolt set that was perfectly tight and torqued correctly? I've used both. I will say that steel is less likely to have the heads strip from repeated use. The Ti bolts mentioned above sound nice.

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    Ti bolts threaded into XTR Al bolts. They were the only chainring bolt combo I had that worked without a washer.
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    Re: Steel or AL Chainring bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    Does it actually matter? They break when they get loose. Has anybody actually sheared an aluminum bolt set that was perfectly tight and torqued correctly? I've used both. I will say that steel is less likely to have the heads strip from repeated use. The Ti bolts mentioned above sound nice.
    I think this is exactly the problem some people may have had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    Does it actually matter? They break when they get loose. Has anybody actually sheared an aluminum bolt set that was perfectly tight and torqued correctly? I've used both. I will say that steel is less likely to have the heads strip from repeated use. The Ti bolts mentioned above sound nice.
    I have....I don't know if they were at the specified torque, but would have been mighty close. The issue was I had to tighten them enough to keep them quiet....and when quiet they would snap. Tried grease, Loctite and antiseize nothing worked 100%. Maybe it was just the brand of bolt.

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    To me it'd seem that if they are making noise then they are the wrong size. Either they are worn out, the crank/ring interface is worn or off, or they were beyond spec.

    I've posted this on here many times, and always get some laughs because of it, but I ziptie my bolts in place. They have never loosened up or broken since I started doing this several years ago. I know it works because I only ziptie my ss, and my other bikes have had issues with loose bolts even when everything was done correctly. That said, I have never broken a bolt on these other bikes (fixie, road, and city bikes only on my ss have a broken a bolt (in my pre-ziptie days.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    To me it'd seem that if they are making noise then they are the wrong size. Either they are worn out, the crank/ring interface is worn or off, or they were beyond spec.

    I've posted this on here many times, and always get some laughs because of it, but I ziptie my bolts in place. They have never loosened up or broken since I started doing this several years ago. I know it works because I only ziptie my ss, and my other bikes have had issues with loose bolts even when everything was done correctly. That said, I have never broken a bolt on these other bikes (fixie, road, and city bikes only on my ss have a broken a bolt (in my pre-ziptie days.)
    I could be unlucky...maybe a different combo would work. Mine was mddleburn ss bolts on their spider with their chainring. Totally compatible and without any wear I was aware of. Steel bolts going strong still. I even flipped the chainring to get more life out of it with the steel bolts and it works fine despite the recess being on the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    Steel for me. Peace of mind counts for more than a few grams. And I do not like walking.
    Me too.
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