How much Torque ? - Guide for Bicycle Torque Specs

by Biju K on March 11, 2022

Not worried about specific torque values to be applied for your various bike spare parts and frame? - If not, it can result in serious damages - financially or physically resulting from unpredictable bike components.

Here's a reliable guide to refer when applying torque to bicycle frame and parts. These are reference range and must be used with good mechanical understanding and applications. When in doubt, reach Cycling Boutique's support or Cycling Boutique Experience Center for getting your bicycle serviced with topnotch skills and reputation in India.


WHEEL, HUB, REAR COG AREA
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Spoke tension Torque is typically not used in wheels. Spoke tension is measured by deflection. Contact rim manufacturer for specific tension recommendations. See TM-1.
Axle Quick-release: closed cam type Measured torque not typically used. Common industry practice is resistance at lever half way through swing from open to fully closed. For more see Tire and Tube Removal and Installation.
Solid axle nuts
(non-quick-release type wheels)
29.4–44 266–390
Cassette sprocket lockring Shimano® 29.4–49 260–434
SRAM® 40 354
Campagnolo® 50 442
Hub cone locking nut Bontrager® 17 150

Chris King®

12.2 100
Shimano® 9.8–24.5 87–217
Freehub body Bontrager® 45 400

Shimano®

35–50 305–434
Shimano® XTR w/ 14mm Hex 45–50 392–434

HEADSET, HANDLEBAR, SEAT AND SEAT POST AREA
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Threaded headset locknut Chris King® Gripnut type 14.6–17 130–150
Tange-Seiki® 24.5 217
Stem binder bolt: Quill type for threaded headsets Shimano® 19.6–29.4 174–260
Generic brand range 16-18 144–168
Threadless stem steering column binder bolts Deda® 8 71
FSA® carbon 8.8 78
Syncros® cotter bolt type 10.1 90
Thomson® 5.4 48
Time® Monolink 5 48
Race Face® 6.2 55
Stem handlebar binder: 1 or 2 binder bolts Shimano® 19.6–29.4 174–260
Control Tech® 13.6–16.3 120–144
Stem handlebar binder: 4-bolt faceplate Control Tech® 13.6–16.3 120–144
Deda® magnesium 8 71
FSA® OS-115 carbon 8.8 78
Race Face® 6.2 55
Thomson® 5.4 48
Time® Monolink 6 53
MTB handlebar end extensions Cane Creek® 7.9 70
Control Tech® 16.3 144
Seat rail binder Shimano® 20–30 174–260
Campagnolo® 22 194
Control Tech® two-bolt type 16.3 144
Control Tech® one-bolt type 33.9 300
Syncros® 5 each bolt 44.2 each bolt
Time® Monolink 5 44.2
Truvativ® M8 bolt: 22–24
M6 bolt: 6–7.1
M8 bolt: 195–212
M6 bolt: 53–63
Seat post binder* Campagnolo® 4–6.8 36–60

*NOTE: Seat posts require only minimal tightening to not slip downward. Avoid over tightening.


CRANKSET, BOTTOM BRACKET AND PEDAL AREA
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Pedal into crank Shimano® 35 minimum 309.7 minimum
Campagnolo® 40 354
Ritchey® 34.7 307
Truvativ® 31.2–33.9 276–300
Compression slotted crank pinch bolts Shimano® Hollowtech® II 9.9–14.9 88–132
FSA® MegaExo™ 9.8–11.3 87–100
Crank adjusting cap Shimano® Hollowtech® II 0.5–0.7 4–6
FSA® MegaExo™ 0.5–0.7 4–6
Crank bolt (including spline-type cranks and square-spindle cranks) Shimano® 34–44 305–391
Shimano® Octalink® XTR® (M15 thread) 40.3–49 357–435
Campagnolo® 32–38 282–336
Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque® 42 371
FSA® M8 bolt 34–39 304–347
FSA® M14 steel 49–59 434–521
Race Face® 54 480
Syncros® 27 240
Truvativ ® ISIS Drive 43–47 384–420
Truvativ® square spindle 38–42 336–372
White Industries™ 27–34 240–300
Crank bolt one-key release cap Shimano® 5–6.8 44–60
Truvativ® 12–14 107–124
Chainring cassette to crankarm (lockring) Shimano® 50–70 443–620
Chainring bolt: steel Shimano® 7.9–10.7 70–95
Campagnolo® 8 71
Race Face® 11.3 100
Truvativ® 12.1–14 107–124
Chainring bolt: aluminum Shimano® 5–10 44–88.5
Campagnolo® 8 70.8
Truvativ® 8–9 70.8–79.6
Bottom bracket: cartridge type Shimano® 49.1–68.7 435–608
Shimano® Hollowtech® II 34.5–49.1 305–435
Campagnolo® (three-piece type) 70 612
Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque® cups 35 310
FSA® 39.2–49 347–434
Race Face® 47.5 420
Truvativ® 33.9–40.7 300–360
White Industries™ 27 240

DERAILLEUR AND SHIFT LEVER AREA
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Drop bar dual control brake/shift lever clamp bolt Shimano® STI™ 6–8 53–70
Campagnolo® 10 89
SRAM® 6–8 53–70
Shift lever: upright/flat bar type Shimano® STI™ 5–7.4 44–69
Shift lever: twist grip Shimano® Revoshift® 6–8 53–70
SRAM® 17 150
Shift lever: MTB “thumb type” Shimano® STI™ 2.4–3 22–26
Front derailleur clamp mount Campagnolo® 5 44
Campagnolo® 7 62
Shimano® 5–7 44–62
SRAM® 4.5 39.8
SRAM® 5–7 44–62
Front derailleur cable pinch bolt Shimano® 5-6.8 44–60
Campagnolo® 5 44
Mavic® 5–7 44–62
SRAM® 4.5 40
Rear derailleur mounting bolt Shimano®

8–10

70–86
SRAM® 8–10 70–86
Campagnolo® 15 133
Rear derailleur cable pinch bolt Shimano® 5–7 44–60
SRAM® 4–5 35.4–44.2
Campagnolo® 6 53
Rear derailleur pulley wheel bolt Shimano® 2.9–3.9 27–34

BRAKE CALIPER AND LEVER AREA
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Upright bar brake levers Shimano® 6–8 53–69
Avid® 5–7 44–62
Campagnolo® 10 89
Brake caliper mount to frame:
side-pull, dual-pivot, center-pull
Shimano® 7.8–9.8 70–86
Campagnolo® 10 89
Cane Creek® 7.7–8.1 68–72
Tektro® 8–10 69–89
Brake caliper mount to frame:
linear-pull or cantilever
Shimano® 8–10 69–89
SRAM® 5–6.8 45–60
Avid® 4.9–6.9 43–61
Control Tech® 11.3–13.6 100–120
Tektro® 6–8 53–69
Brake pad:
threaded stud
Avid® 5.9–7.8 53–69
Campagnolo® 8 71
Cane Creek® 6.3–6.7 56–60
Tektro® 5–7 43–61
Shimano® 5–7 43–61
SRAM® 5.7–7.9 50–70
Brake pad:
smooth stud
Shimano® 7.9–8.8 70–78
Brake pad:
side-pull and dual-pivot bolts
Campagnolo® 8 72
Cane Creek® 6.3–6.7 56–60
Shimano® 6–8 53–69
Tektro® 5–7 43–61
Brake cable pinch bolt:
linear pull & cantilever
Control Tech® 4.5–6.8 40–60
Shimano® 6–7.8 53–69
SRAM® 5.6–7.9 50–70
Tektro® 6–8 53–69
Brake cable pinch bolt:
side pull/dual pivot/center pull
Campagnolo® 5 44
Cane Creek® 7.7–8.1 68–72
Mavic® 7–9 62–80
Shimano® 6–8 53–69
Tektro® 6–8 53–69

DISC BRAKE SYSTEMS
Component Type/brand Newton Meters Inch-Pounds
Disc rotor to hub: lockring Avid® 40 350
Shimano® 40 350
Disc rotor to hub: M5 bolts Avid® 6.2 55
Hayes® 5.6 50
Magura® 3.8 34
Shimano® 2–4 18–35
Caliper body mount Avid® 9–10.2 80–90
Hayes® 12.4
9 with Manitou forks
110
80 with Manitou forks
Magura® 5.7 51
Shimano® 6–8 53–69
Tektro® 6–8 53–69
Hydraulic hose fittings Hayes® 6.2 55

Formulas for converting other torque designations into Newton meter (Nm) and inch pounds (in-lb.):

  • Nm = in-lb x 0.113
  • Nm = ft-lb x 1.356
  • Nm = kg-cm x 0.0981

  • in-lb = ft-lb x 12
  • in-lb = Nm x 8.851
  • in-lb = kgf-cm x 0.87

TORQUE EQUIVALENCIES
NEWTON METER (NM) APPROXIMATE INCH-POUND (IN-LB.) APPROXIMATE FOOT-POUND (FT-LBS)
1 8.9 0.7
2 17.7 1.5
3 26.6 2.2
4 35.4 3.0
5 44.3 3.7
6 53.1 4.4
7 62.0 5.2
8 70.8 5.9
9 79.7 6.6
10 88.5 7.4
11 97.4 8.1
12 106.2 8.9
13 115.1 9.6
14 123.9 10.3
15 132.8 11.1
16 141.6 11.8
17 150.5 12.5
18 159.3 13.3
19 168.2 14.0
20 177.0 14.8
21 185.9 15.5
22 194.7 16.2
23 203.6 17.0
24 212.4 17.7
25 221.3 18.4
26 230.1 19.2
27 239.0 19.9
28 247.8 20.7
29 256.7 21.4
30 265.5 22.1
31 274.4 22.9
32 283.2 23.6
33 292.1 24.3
34 300.9 25.1
35 309.8 25.8
36 318.6 26.6
37 327.5 27.3
38 336.3 28.0
39 345.2 28.8
40 354.0 29.5
41 362.9 30.2
42 371.7 31.0
43 380.6 31.7
44 389.4 32.5
45 398.3 33.2
46 407.1 33.9
47 416.0 34.7
48 424.8 35.4
49 433.7 36.1
50 442.6 36.9

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1 comment
by Sudhir JP on March 11, 2022

Thanks for this useful info, guys. Definitely great for keeping my torque wrench in control ✌🏼😍

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