Found! Blue steel Ashima rotor bolts

When my workshop was broken into this spring, the thieving theivers decided to take (among other things) a mint tin full of rotor bolts.  Why?  I can’t say- but it’s been awfully hard to put rotors on wheels without any.  Looking to replace them on a well-known auction site, I stumbled across Ashima’s blue steel rotor bolts.  Click through for more details…

Though I know that many people have successfully run aluminum rotor bolts, steel really does seem a whole lot more sensible.  At $10.35 for two wheels’ worth (shipped from Taiwan), the Ashimas are priced about the same as other steel bolts.  But they’re bluer.

www.ashima.com.tw

stores.ebay.com/superbicycle-shop

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AndyD
AndyD
10 years ago

Good story, tell it again. I was hoping maybe you found your stolen rotor bolts on E-bay, that would have made for some quality entertainment.

Robin
Robin
10 years ago

Wait. You had a hard time finding steel M5 x 10 button head bolts? Did you look all of three places, and were those places only in your house? Seriously? It appears that on a scale of 1 – 10, your effort to find such bolts was about 0.1.

Was the real problem a lack of desire to engage in movement? To have to get up from your chair? Why is this even a story?

tim o
tim o
10 years ago

@Robin: rough day? It’s gotta suck to be your dog.

Joshua Murdock
10 years ago

I agree with Tim O.

I’m glad you posted this. I know what I’m replacing my rotor bolts with! Gotta get those little custom touches!

Joshua Murdock
10 years ago

That looks like a Maverick Durance… what white rims are those on that Roval hub? Just a Roval rim?

efrain
efrain
10 years ago

Any one know where i can get a set of blue screws for Avid BB7’s?

Joshua Murdock
10 years ago

Nice!

Androo
Androo
10 years ago

FWIW Robin, it’s pretty hard to get M5x10 Torx at your local hardware store…

Chris Richards
10 years ago

Those are just the ticket for my mojo – but I think you bought the last ones – red, black and gold are still available, but no blue 🙁

Robin
Robin
10 years ago

Fortunately, you can apply the same torque to a socket button head as you can to a torx button head. One may not be as pretty as the other, but they both work just as well.

Mikey
Mikey
10 years ago

@ Robin…

do you mean hex or allen Socket button head??? cause Socket button head can refer to hex/allen, torx, etc…

Socket button head is kind of a generic term now-at-days…. also, while it is true that you can apply the same torque.. you’re far less likely to slip and strip the head of a torx than an allen.

Plus.. the hardware store doesn’t carry all those cool colors!

ANyways… more of the story… CHILL OUT!

Fred Zeppelin
Fred Zeppelin
10 years ago

Robin, If you’re going to be a know-it-all at least try to be right.

All else being equal, you absolutely can transmit more torque through a torx interface than a standard allen/hex interface.

Allen button head will strip faster due to deformation of the screw recess or the tool.

deanopatoni
deanopatoni
10 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I both some from these guys after reading your post. Just turned up today.
Looks like I got the last of the Blue ones 🙂