Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes is annoying.
Tailfin has come up with a pretty slick system that is light weight, easy to install & remove and it will work on any road bike with a quick release rear wheel. And it’s carbon frame and seatpost safe!
Let’s be honest… If you have a really nice carbon bike, you don’t want to just throw any mediocre accessory on it. And a bike rack probably seems pretty low on the upgrade list. Until now. Tailfin’s new rack and bag system that was made to be light, fit safely on about any carbon road or cross bike and does’t detract from the bike’s style like some run of the mill rack would.
They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to get production in full swing. The Tailfin’s carbon body attaches via a special quick release skewer and is secured to the seatpost with a connecting rod with a carbon-safe clamp that will fit almost any common sized seatpost (An aero post may be the exception). Weighing 50% less than most racks the Tailfin rack weighs only 275g and fits their panniers which are made of a high performance sailcloth laminate making them waterproof, durable and light at 600g.
The system forms a structural triangle between the wheel’s skewers and seatpost to keep everything secure and can be removed in almost no time.
Each pannier has a 24 liter capacity and will hold up to a 17 inch laptop. There is an internal rigid backbone to keep everything in place and protected. Prices on Kickstarter will be starting at $190/£132/€169 for the rack & $65/£45/€57 for the pannier.