I had to adjust my saddle position and was unsure how tight the saddle clamp should be attached to the tube. Some numbers (22-24?) are engraved on the clamp (first image), but I'm not sure if they indicate the torque. I first tightened the screw with 19 Nm, then loosened it and only used 14 Nm. I now know that I would only have to tighten it enough to stop the saddle from moving. Have I already tightened the screw with 19 Nm too much and should it be replaced to be on the safe side? I didn't notice any lengthening of the screw when screwing it in. The specified strength is 10.9. Such a long post for such a small part... Btw similar clamps are sold with specification of 22 Nm (second image), which seems pretty high to me.

clamp with engraved torque specs?

similar type saddle clamp

  • "should it be replaced" Interesting question from a material point of view (not just wrt cycling): Is it possible to overtorque a bolt yet not strip the threads?
    – jayded-bee
    Aug 24, 2022 at 10:27
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    You can crank that as hard as you like. 22Nm is absolutely reasonable for that size bolt, and quite common for that style clamp.
    – Noise
    Aug 24, 2022 at 10:29
  • Chainset bolts rated 10.9 etc are also marked 35-45Nm, for reference.
    – Noise
    Aug 24, 2022 at 10:31
  • @Noise the diameter of the bolt and the thread pitch (fine thread vs. coarse thread) are major factors when relating a bolt material/hardness/strength rating (the 10.9 rating), so you cannot directly compare a torque capacity for a similar rated fastener unless these factors are also in common with the items being compared.
    – Ted Hohl
    Aug 24, 2022 at 14:20
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    I was indeed aware @TedHohl ! I believe that in this particular case, the thread pitch and diameter is identical so it's a good comparison.
    – Noise
    Aug 24, 2022 at 19:48


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