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Carbon Rack

£339.00

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 >

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)

395g

Weight (for fast-release mounting)

317g

Weight (for Direct Mount)

335g

Weight (for Direct Mount)

257g

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, unrolled)

420mm (rear) / 380mm (front)

Top Bag Dimensions (height, unrolled)

420mm (rear) / 380mm (front)

Maximum Load

27kg

Maximum Load

9kg

Maximum Capacity

66L

Maximum Capacity

20L

Maximum Top Load

9kg

Maximum Top Load

9kg

Maximum Side Load

9kg (each side)

Maximum Side Load

N/A

Top Bag Capacity

20L

Top Bag Capacity

20L

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

Click here for Rack setups or here for AeroPacks

Assembly requires a Torx T25 key (found on most multi-tools)

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.

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 Racks - We recommend selecting the ‘Long’ Top Stay when ordering your Rack. It offers the same extension as the AeroPack equivalent. For more information and images, click here.

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 strap 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. Direct Mount - 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.

We have a comprehensive guide to the different options here.

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

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Customer Reviews

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Fabian (CH)
Bike: Baum Orbis
Riding Style: Road / Ultra-endurance, Bikepacking, Commuting, Touring
Simple, lightweight, solid and functional

Tailfin is the perfect solution, simple setup, easy to maintain and it seems pretty solid (I did a 400k gravel ride).
The bags are easy to open and close and very practical too. I had no issue with heavy rain.
And cherry on the cake, the carbon fin looks great !

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Tony Birch-James
Bike: J Laverack JACK titanium
Riding Style: Bikepacking
220 mile debut gravel ride test!

Tried and tested the Tailfin on the King Alfred Way Oct 22. Purchased the carbon frame with 20L bag + 2x10L panniers. Enough space for 3 days kit. The delivery was swift, ordered Monday, arrived Wednesday. Packed well in a large box. Assembly was straight forward, recommend looking at the ‘on-line’ instructions first as no instructions in the box. Make sure you purchase the correct axle. Quality of rack superb, sleek and beautifully crafted. Ease of mounting and removing from bike simplistic. Solid and stable whilst in motion. In short, this is the Rolls Royce of pannier racks, pricey, but will last many many years. No regrets.

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Peter BINKS (GB)
Bike: Custom built carbon, by SCHILS.
Riding Style: Bikepacking, Touring, Other
Tailfin rack

This is a quality bit of kit. Although even with instructions read twice and videos watched, it's still something you just need to fit twice. Forget the price tag, if you have a Carbon bike this is the baby required to carry stuff around. Fitted to the axel, it's rock solid. Worth every penny.

 

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