Rage Against Hollow Bolts
Hollow bolts have undergone widespread adoption in BMX components in recent years in an effort to win the weight game. Unfortunately, some riders have experienced these bolts catastrophically failing, as documented humorously in this video. “Bolt tunning” in a high risk discipline like street or park BMX is just stupid. While large hollow bolts may be acceptable on certain components such as cranks (guilty), using small ones for minimal weight savings on stems is absolutely risky.
Where do you stand on hollow bolts? Are you guilty of swapping out your steel bolts for titanium, aluminum, or carbon bling?
Special thanks to reader Ethan for the link.