Terske Oil Slick Titanium Bolts Review
In this review, we take a close look at the Terske Oil Slick Titanium bolts. We look at both their standard head bolts as well as their ultra-low profile bolts designed to replace your existing water bottle cage bolts on your MTB, Gravel or Road Bike.
TERSKE OIL SLICK TITANIUM WATER BOTTLE CAGE BOLTS
The Terske Oil Slick Titanium Bolts not only look stunning but are much more durable than the standard aluminum bolts. The other benefit of using Titanium is that unlike steel you can heat them without changing the strength properties of the material and get this beautiful oil slick effect.
These bolts are designed to replace your existing bottle cage bolts and should be a direct swap. They feature a large 4mm hex head which is available on all bike multi-tools and is large enough that you shouldn’t round them off unless massively over-tightening. These bolts can be used with copper grease to prevent seizing.
I used these bolts on my Cannondale Habit with my Fidlock system. The bolt heads, although pronounced does not interfere with any bottle cage I tested.
Titanium doesn’t rust so should last significantly longer than steel hardware and it’s also far more durable than aluminum.
At £19.95 for 8 bolts these certainly are not cheap but you get what you pay for so if you want the added benefits of Titanium and the sweet looks of the oil slick effect then these could be the bolts for you.
Link to purchase: https://www.gonebikingmad.co.uk/collections/lindarets-terske/products/terske-oil-slick-titanium-water-bottle-cage-bolts-x8
TERSKE OIL SLICK ULTRA-LOW PROFILE TITANIUM BOTTLE CAGE BOLTS
Similar to the bolts reviewed above these Terske Oil Slick Ultra-Low Profile Titanium bottle cage bolts have all the benefits of Titanium and the same stunning oil slick effect. But these also feature an Ultra-Low profile making the bolt heads sit much lower against your bike frame.
This ultra-low profile not only looks cleaner but reduces any clearance issues if standard bolts fowl the water bottle.
The trade-off for having this ultra-low profile is that a much smaller hex key needs to be used. In this case a 2.5mm. Now if you have a good quality hex key and you use the correct torq settings then you will have no issues with these but use a cheap hex key you are likely to damage either the tool or the bolts themselves. Similarly if you over torq these bolts then you may damage both the tool or the bolts. You have been warned but honestly, these rules should apply to all MTB components. Do not over torq and use quality tools always!
We didn’t have any issues using the smaller hex key and therefore are giving these bolts the same rating as the ones above with the added benefits of cleaner looks and less chance of running into clearance issues.
- High-quality 2.5mm hex bit in good condition
- Copper anti-seize compound or dielectric grease
- Torque wrench set no higher than 2-3Nm
- M5x12-Set of 8
- Price: £19.95 for set of 8
Link to buy: https://www.gonebikingmad.co.uk/collections/lindarets-terske/products/terske-oil-slick-ultra-low-profile-titanium-bottle-cage-bolts-x8
I’m really impressed with the quality of the Terske Titanium bolts and I think they look really nice on my bikes so I have decided to keep them on the bikes for the foreseeable future. I will also update this review if I run into any issues or have any updates in the future.
I don’t think you will be disappointed if you were to purchase these for your bike apart from the price especially when considering these are just for your water bottle cage.
I would really like to see some Stem bolts and other Titanium hardware from Terske as now I want to replace all the bolts on my bikes with these.
So what do you think of the Terske Oil Slick Titanium Bottle Cage bolts? Would you fit these to your bike? Does the price bother you are do you think the positives outweigh the negatives? Let us know in the comments below or in our forums.
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