Creating a classic: the making of the Tailfin T1

Creating a classic: the making of the Tailfin T1

October 30, 2016

When we released the first Tailfin products in April 2016, they redefined what you could expect from a pannier rack. With a lightweight carbon design, an effortless installation process, and near-universal compatibility across all kinds of road bike, it was a bold statement of our mission to create the best cycling equipment in the world.

The T1 retains all of these groundbreaking design innovations but is further refined with the knowledge and experience that comes with six months of real-world testing. We wanted to make the T1 tougher, simpler to use and versatile enough for any adventure. This is how we did it.

We always knew we wanted the T1 to provide a totally seamless user experience, one that simply made sense from the moment it came out of the box.  

Both the T1’s seat post connector and the axle mounting points now boast new latch designs that are cleaner and more intuitive than our previous models. Importantly for us, they provide reassuringly definite ‘feedback’ whenever they are fastened or unfastened, eliminating any uncertainty when mounting the rack.

The very first racks that Tailfin released were designed with road bikes in mind. It quickly dawned on us, however, that we needn’t have limited them to the safety of the tarmac.

The T1 provides clearance for tyre sizes right up to 700x40c, making them perfect for every kind of off-road escape or gravel adventure. Wherever you are headed, the T1 can go with you.

In cycling, the best kit is the kit that you barely even realise is there. This is a long-running failure of traditional pannier setups, which have always been plagued by distracting rattle. 

The T1 is specifically designed to carry your luggage without sacrificing ride quality. The introduction of subtle rubber strips serve to eliminate any irritating rattle between rack and bag, while all attachment points are now pre-loaded to dampen road buzz.

We want all Tailfin products to be equipment that you can trust without reservation. With this in mind, we set out to make the T1 as robust as possible.

The seat post clamp has been bolstered with an internal metal tongue that strengthens the strap whilst keeping the soft plastic contact points. We also redesigned the T1’s axle mounts to make them more compact and self-contained, helping to ward against any ingress of mud that might prevent them from working freely. 




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