Trek Speed Concept easily damaged screws

Hi,

Very specific question for any Trek Speed Concept owners (mine is the 2018/19 model). I’ve had numerous problems with the light grey coloured flat head screws that hold the cockpit together (the pads, the monobar, the stem etc) - almost without exception they get jammed and are impossible to remove, then I end up rounding off the screw holes. I’ve used a torque wrench to the correct setting and have decent Parktool allen keys to remove the screws but no luck. These screws are C**P!

Is there anyone out there who’s experienced the same? Are there other screws that I could use instead? My local Trek outfit is pretty useless.

I’ve found I need to be very careful with making sure it’s all properly clean and dry after being ridden. Also that the threads are properly greased before installing the screws. Sweat easily gets in all the nooks and crannies on the cockpit assembly and causes the screws to seize. I stripped and cleaned mine very carefully at the start of the season and have stopped using it on the trainer for this reason.

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That’s a fair point, sports drink has definitely covered these bolts during races.

I did get a response from Trek - they sent me the bolt dimensions and suggested that I could maybe order some after market titanium versions. I’m going to speak to my local Trek dealer but this seems like a good option

How often are you adjusting these?

I’ve used this company for bolt replacement. https://www.fastenal.com/

Only twice since Sept last year, but the first time created a ton of panic as I couldn’t fit the bike into a bike box the day before a flight to a race, local bike shop to the rescue. Most recently it’s to move the pads and aero bar.

Update - I just spoke to my Trek guy and he advised against titanium bolts, instead recommended alternative stainless steel bolts

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Nice, I’ll check them out

Yes - go stainless and grease them generously

Much like AndyGajda - I disassemble twice a year - clean and grease. I pitched in the trash a $700 3T aerobar set due to a few seized bolts and some misadventures of trying to drill them out, lesson learned!

Mike