Alloy Rack

The Tailfin Alloy Rack range pushes durability, practicality and versatility to the fore. Perfect for riders who need a luggage carrying system that can adapt to any use.

Also available in Carbon >

Free shipping over £200
30-day returns policy
5-year warranty

Which Axle do I need?

Which Axle do I need?

IMPORTANT: Compare your current rear axle with the image below before proceeding.

If you have a QR Axle, click here to close and continue..

If you have a Thru Axle, use the table below to find your pitch thread.

You will need the following Axle:
You will also need to order the following product from Axle extras:Please note: You will need to add this to your basket separately.
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Specification

Alloy Rack with pannier mounts

x rack pannier rack

Alloy Rack without pannier mounts

Pannier rack
Model
Model

Alloy - with pannier mounts

Model

Alloy - without pannier mounts

Weight (for fast-release mounting)

540g

Weight (for fast-release mounting)

480g

Weight (for frame mounting)

480g

Weight (for frame mounting)

420g

Top Bag Dimensions (width)

160mm (rear) / 128mm (front)

Top Bag Dimensions (width)

160mm (rear) / 128mm (front)

Top Bag Dimensions (length)

430mm

Top Bag Dimensions (length)

430mm

Top Bag Dimensions (height)

420mm (rear) / 380mm (front)

Top Bag Dimensions (height)

420mm (rear) / 380mm (front)

Maximum Load

27kg

Maximum Load

9kg

Maximum Capacity

66L

Maximum Capacity

20L

Maximum Top Load

9kg

Maximum Top Load

9kg

Top Bag Capacity

20L

Top Bag Capacity

20L

Maximum Side Load

9kg (each side)

Maximum Side Load

N/A

Side Bag Capacity

22L (each side)

Side Bag Capacity

N/A

*These weights do not include the removable stacking straps (50g) or the removable bag backbone cover (40g)

Fitting FAQs

26″ Maximum Tyre Width - 4″ / 100mm

27.5″/650B Maximum Tyre Width - 3.5″ / 90mm

29″/700C Maximum Tyre Width - 2.9″ / 75mm

For help choosing your axle, see this page here: https://www.tailfin.cc/tailfin-thru-axle-table/

For the AeroPack - For riders with small frames or less than 100mm of exposed seatpost, we recommend using the AeroPack Extended Seat Post Connector. This replaces the standard connector and pushes the AeroPack back a further 50mm.

For X & S Racks - Unfortunately, the extended top stay is not yet available, but it is in development now and we hope will be ready to buy in June 2021.

The top bag itself is shaped in a 'wedge', and so like a traditional seat pack, you need to pack some smaller/softer items at the front, and larger items at the back. This will maximise the space available.

Yes! We genuinely believe “the best bike packing bike is the bike you already own” therefore it was important that all our rack / AeroPack systems could be used with full suspension bikes. Using a unique articulated design each pivot contains replaceable plain bushings which allow it to adjust position as the suspension compresses. They will also work with road and gravel bike suspension systems such as Trek’s IsoSpeed and Cannondale’s Kingpin Suspension.

Yes, the quick-release seatpost connector is compatible with all seat posts- including dropper, carbon, and aero. An extra-long seat post connector is included with all shipments for deep-aero seatposts.

All our racks come with 3 choices of mounting option:

  1. Axle + Fast Release Dropouts - we ship you a rear axle to swap out on your bike, the rack then affixes to this axle in seconds, allowing it to be mounted or removed in seconds.
  2. Frame Mounts + Fast-Release Dropouts - we ship you mounts which screw into the frame eyelets on your frame, the rack then affixes to this mount in seconds, allowing it to be mounted or removed in seconds.
  3. Frame Mounting - with this option, you screw the rack directly to your frame via the frame eyelets on your bike. This option is not fast-release, and will need to be unscrewed from frame when mounting or removing.

Yes, all Tailfin Racks and AeroPacks come with security screws that allow you to lock to your axle, or frame mounts, depending on your chosen mounting option.

Yes, but you will need to add the 3rd party pannier adaptors to your order


To see more of our frequently asked questions follow this link.

Alloy Rack FAQs

The AeroPack is an integrated seat pack, meaning that the top bag and arch are connected together. With the Carbon and Alloy Racks, the top bag is detachable. For some riders this is an important difference, for others, it is not. The AeroPack is lighter for the weight-conscious rider and has a more simplistic design - which is sometimes preferential on longer trips. For more info, read this.

Both alloy and carbon racks have been tested to the same standards and are capable of carrying a maximum of 27kg. The Carbon Rack has been designed to be strong, and we have historically seen close-to-zero failures due to impact. The main differences between the Alloy and Carbon versions of the Rack are weight, price, and aesthetics.

It is possible to mount a seat-post strip light to the Rack, just as you would your regular seat post, but may rub the Rack finish after heavy use. The AP20 top bag has loops made for certain clip-on lights, or we offer Seatpost mounted light mounts, and regular rack mounted light mounts, which affixes to the AP20 to allow you to mount your rear light directly to the pack.

Yes, the AP20 can carry up to a 13" laptop, with the only limiting factor being the amount of available seatpost space. If your saddle is low then you will have less space available to fit the laptop and in this case, it may be best to use a side pannier instead. You can pack it vertically (providing there is space as mentioned), or horizontally. If packing vertically you'll want some items on either side of the laptop to keep it stable over any rough terrain.

This depends on the type of riding you’re doing now and your plans for the future. If the majority of your trips are short overnighters then you probably won’t need side panniers, likewise if you're riding mainly singletrack. If you’re planning some big adventures, commute often, or want the option to carry up to 27kg in the future, then we recommend the pannier mounted model as you can attach Tailfin Panniers to increase capacity. With our Pannier Adaptors, you can also carry other brands of panniers.

Customer Reviews

Based on 98 reviews
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Marjan Korenjak (Maribor, SI)
Voilé Straps

Great straps that can hold tight, just everything.

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Tobias Kohl (Munich, DE)
Worth the money and great support

The alloy rack with pannier bag works great with my focus cyclocross bike. I had some issues installing the R.A.T adaptor, but that was caused by my own clumsiness. Dan and Nick from tailfin did a great job in helping me solving this problem. I´m using the rack for daily commutes (45km one way) mostly on gravel roads and barely notice that the bag is installed during my rides (on the first commutes, I found myself checking if the bag is still there). The entire system is robust and well thought out without any unnecessary features. It just offers exactly what I need. Since the rack can be fitted and removed within a few seconds, my bike keeps a racy look on week-end trips when the rack is unmounted. For me, the system is durable, of high-quality and since you can buy a couple of replacement parts also sustainable. Therefore it´s worth the money and the support by tailfin is exactly what I expect from a product in the upper price segment.

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Mark Holden (Stoke-on-Trent, GB)
great rack

expensive (hence 4 stars) but there's nothing else as light or easy to fit to a carbon road bike

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