Tailfin Mini Pannier bags might actually make you consider panniers for bikepacking

Ever since they introduced their first carbon rack meant for road bikes, Tailfin has been drawing up clever solutions for carrying gear on a bike. For their latest addition, Tailfin is reimagining the humble pannier with a line of mini Panniers that look perfect for bikepacking.

Tailfin Mini Pannier

Tailfin admits that pannier bags don’t have the best reputation in the world of bikepacking, but they think their design will change that. A blend of both hard and softgoods, the bags feature a rigid back panel with their X Clamp mounting system.

Tailfin Mini Pannier clamp

Designed specifically for their racks, the X Clamp is also compatible with every other rack out there with the use of adapter shims. Using a single lever to operate the over-center clamping mechanism, Tailfin says the connection is completely rattle free for a perfect fit. Made mostly from CNC machined parts, the design is also user serviceable to keep it functioning in the long run.

Tailfin Mini Pannier x clamp

Inside, an CNC machined 6061-T6 internal frame keeps the bag stiff to prevent any flapping, interfering with the wheel, or other issues.

bikepacking with panniers

However, the outside of the bag is rounded and designed to allow passage through narrow trails.

How are these better than traditional panniers?

While the Tailfin bags clamp onto the racks, most panniers simply hook to them and allow for a decent amount of movement of the bag and contents. That makes for a noisier ride at best, or one that may tangle with your spokes or affect the handling at worst. Tailfin panniers claim to be completely silent, and allow for compressed packing to keep the contents in place. They’re also pretty light for what they are.

Tailfin Mini Pannier straps

Tailfin Mini Pannier compression straps

Each bag is made from 100% waterproof welded Hypalon and ripstop Nylon, and a removable T Hook compression strap can be used to close it as a side closure as well as the roll top configuration. The straps can also be used to provide compression or strap additional bulky items to the outside of the bags—or completely removed to save weight.

Tailfin Mini Pannier specs

Available in two sizes, the smaller is a 5L that weighs 310g and the larger is a 10L bag that weighs 380g (both without the optional side straps). Pricing for the 5L is £60/$85/€70, while the 10L is £80/$110/€95.

Tailfin Mini Pannier on Bombtrack bike

Bike shown with 5L on back and 10L on front – you can mix and match, or run either size front or rear.

Compatible with all Tailfin Racks (including the original T1) and other racks with a shim, the bags include a 5 year warranty and a crash replacement warranty, and ship worldwide. Note that the warranty specifically calls out helping the customer wherever they are in the world. Meaning if you’re trekking across the world and you happened to have an issue, Tailfin would figure out a way to get you any needed replacement parts. Though with how smartly designed Tailfin products seem to be, we can’t see many people needing to take them up on that offer.

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John
John
11 months ago

That seems like a nice mounting system. But these small panniers seem to have the same drawbacks as big panniers but with less capacity.

In my experience having bags on your front wheel makes the bike much harder to handle and should only be done if there is absolutely no space at rear. So having small bags all over just does not make sense. Two larger bags at the rear give more capacity for less weight and a much better ride quality.

Dinger
Dinger
11 months ago
Reply to  John

I’ve always had the opposite experience. If I am packing light, I try to get everything in the front panniers and pack light in the back. I much prefer the stability that weighting the front end brings.

Involuntary Soul
11 months ago

too many bolts and threads, for off-road backpacking, you want to stick to velcros and skistraps

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11 months ago

Jay Petervary has done all the most brutal ultra bikepacking races with a Tailfin for the last couple years, will inflict more abuse than the average person. I don’t recall any complaints otherwise he’d quit using this rack in a hurry. Currently at SRMR.

Sean
11 months ago

This is sooo funny!

phroboi
phroboi
11 months ago

Seems the bags ride high enough that it could adversely affect handling