I just got off the horn with Troy at Veltec Sports, the US distributor of Easton cycling products. I called to get a final and definitive max torque spec for Easton's AeroForce Carbon Aero bars because the torque that is specified in the instructions and on the bars still allow the extensions to move. I need to know the max that I can tighten the bolts without causing and damage... I guess that I'm funny like that. Anyway, this is what I was told...
"Just torque it 'til it's tight... You'll know when you've gone too far...". "I've been a mechanic since the mid 80's and I've never used a torque wrench". "Dude, you just need to set the torque wrench aside and just grab a plain old 5mm and start crankin'...just make sure that you tighten the bolts evenly..."
I $hit you not. This was exactly what he said! I didn't even know what to say! I was able to get out a few questions while I was picking myself up off of the floor. I asked him if the bars would be replaced if they get crushed or if the threaded inserts pull out. He said that they'd take care of it (I HIGHLY doubt that they would). I also stated that this has to be a common problem because both of the sets that I installed had the same issue. He denied that there's a problem. I don't believe it. I bet that the folks at Easton would be thrilled to hear about this.
So if anyone out there has problems installing these aero bars onto the Easton DeltaForce bars and possibly damages the bars, just call Troy and Veltec Sports. He'll take care of it... Unbelievable.