Monkey Boy said:Stainless steel is 'softer' than a bog standard carbon steel but you would have to be abusing the bolt to get it to shear. How about sticking on new bolts and and greasing them up to keep the water out?
Best to keep the bolt as similar as poss to the frame material.....limits the potential for galvanic corrosion. It's also best to select a bolt that will corrode in preference to your frame....coz it's a bit cheaper to replace a bolt than it is a frame, innit!
Monkey Boy said:Stainless steel is 'softer' than a bog standard carbon steel
llllllll said:Softer? Have you ever tried cutting a Stainless bolt with a hacksaw? They're harder than 'standard steel', but not as strong. Stainless is also quite brittle so they'll tend to snap rather than bend if subjected to a large force. Having said that I've used stainless bolts in my stem, headset and brake calipers for years no problems and no rust.