Carbon Rack

The Tailfin Carbon Rack range is the pinnacle in no-compromise, ultralight luggage carrying systems. Aimed at riders who want to go fast and light with the option of removable bags.

Also available in Alloy >

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

Carbon Rack with pannier mounts

Carbon Pannier Rack

Carbon Rack without pannier mounts

Carbon Trunk Rack
Model
Model

Carbon - with pannier mounts

Model

Carbon - without pannier mounts

Weight (for fast-release mounting)

390g

Weight (for fast-release mounting)

330g

Weight (for frame mounting)

330g

Weight (for frame mounting)

270g

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

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.

Product 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.

Media Reviews

“Beautifully made, fully waterproof, mounts in seconds, more capacity than a seatpack, AERO… it’s a lovely thing that’s a joy to use.”
Read Road.cc's full review
“Tailfin’s AeroPack S is one of the best rear luggage options for serious bikepacking (and commuting) ever tested. It is expensive but its simplicity, ease of use and pleasing design make you forget the price within the first ride.”
Read Cycling Weekly's full review
“It strikes a sweet spot between weight, space, and usability…the Aeropack’s execution is so much better than anything I’ve ever seen.”
Read Bikepacking.com's full review

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Customer Reviews

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Wojciech Grajewski (Gdansk, PL)
Great gear with potential improvements

I'm very happy with the X-Series rack and the trunk top bag. The whole setup is very stable, I really felt like I had nothing attached when riding some singletracks with light load. No rattling whatsoever! The mounting holes in the rack are very useful for cargo cages for big-volume low-weight stuff like a sleeping bag. Overall I'm very satisfied and plan to buy the pannier bags soon when I go on a longer trip!

Two small issues I have with the rack:
1. The plastics protecting the rack from rubbing by panniers are not glued properly to the rack. They stick out at the edges. I'm not entirely sure if it's possible to glue these two materials properly to each other because I tried with some superglue at home and it still unstuck.
2. The rack comes only with M5 holes and screws (I knew that before buying). I have M6 holes in my bike frame and had to drill the holes in the rack a bit wider. It would be nice to have M6 as the default and maybe have some M5 adapters for the narrower mounting holes.

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Jason Plant
Awesome piece of kit!!

It can be hard to justify a fairly expensive investment, but I am so glad I did. The tailfin has transformed by commute! Not only is it a beautiful engineered design, but it is hugely practical and easy to use. I am so pleased with the tailfin and panier I bought and would highly recommend!

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Skye Slisz (Croydon, GB)
Bikepacking here we go

These are a game changer going from a saddle bag to the rack. Really pleased with it!

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