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London to San Sebastion

5 of us have just completed this cycle - 1050 kms. All 5 of us had tailfin panniers - no doubt about it - this is an excellent product. No movement at all. Easy mounting on the bike, easy access to your contents. No complaints.

Really great. Light, sturdy, quiet

My tailfin rack is the best thing I've ever done for my 16mile ride to work. It's light, sturdy, quiet, and has plenty of room. It's also easy to install and remove when needed. Can't wait for the trunk bag to get here!

Exactement ce que je cherchais ! Exactly what I wanted !!

Je fais du vélo sur route sous plusieurs formes : petites sorties hebdomadaires, grosse sortie d'une journée en montagne mais aussi voyage en autonomie.
Je voulais un vélo qui puisse tout faire :
- être équipé de sacoches quand j'en ai besoin
- mais aussi qu'on puisse tout enlever facilement pour avoir un vélo léger pour la montagne.
Le Rack Tailfin me permet ça !

I do bike on the road in several forms: small weekly outings, big exit of a day in mountain but also travel in autonomy.
I wanted a bike that could do anything:
- be equipped with panniers when I need it
- but also that I can remove everything easily to have a light bike for the mountain.
The Tailfin Rack allows me that!

You can feel the passion ....

I bought the Ultra Durable Package (Racks & Panniers) for my bike packing trips. I had been looking for a long time for a light option to carry my equipment. Yes, tailfin might cost a bit more, BUT from my point of view, it's worth it. I have two bikes, a Basso lightweight speed bike, and an Orbea e-bike. The Basso uses the axle to mount for the Tailfin rack, the Orbea uses rack mount adaptors, which I'm grateful Tailfin provided although they are not continuing this idea. With the Basso I am on tour, the Orbea I use to go to work.

With the Basso, I was recently in Sweden. The two bags I hardly felt, yes the bike was, of course, heavier, but where I went the rack with the bag followed silently and in a very elegant way. Even a bumpy road, where my water bottle fell off, the rack and the bag didn't move a millimeter. Riding with them, felt like they were not existing, they didn't influence the behavior of the bike. The people who made Taiflin seem to be enthusiasts which a lot of passion for cycling. I could feel the passion in the design and the need to create a satisfying product. It is so easily attached to the bike, so well engineered that I really love them. The Basso and the Tailfin became one unit on the tour.

The Orbea and the Tailfin still need some time to become that unit. Maybe it's because I'm using rack mount adaptors, which are not recommended. Unfortunately, I can not change the axle at the Orbea bike, therefore I am very grateful for the rack mount adaptors, but it feels less stable, although I never lost anything and looking at it, it seems all good. It's just a different behavior while riding the bike, I can feel them, while I'm riding. I do not feel them when riding Basso.

In short, this is the best rack for a lightweight rack I have found and I became a huge fan of Tailfin. I am so looking forward to the AeroPack. Thank you for this wonderful product. The next project could be a rack for the front wheel ..... 😉

Beauty in simplicity

I'm in the midst of doing the reverse of N+1 and undergoing "Project One Bike". To be fair, there are 3 different wheelsets. : ) Part of this project meant finding a rapid on/off system for bags so that I could pack clothes, food, gear, computer into work and then just as rapidly convert it back to "just a bike" for a hard session after work. Three weeks in and very happy with the performance. I develop digital products and immensely enjoy an intuitive, seamless experience and the tailfin absolutely delivers on this front. Furthermore it's functionality is paired with a minimal sleek look. Thanks for a really great option and can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Quality product

I’ve used this rack for several rides on my carbon frame Cannondale Synapse. The rack is absolutely quiet and firmly attached with the well engineered clips for the axle and on the seat post. Very clever! I’m planning a 10 day ultralight tour and far prefer to use my go-to Cannondale than my old steel brute. The Tailfin system is perfect for this. Installs easily and comes off in seconds. It’s a nice looking product too. My panniers fit perfectly - no wiggles or looseness - rock solid. I am looking forward to buying more products from Tailfin.

A year of daily commuting, great product

I bike to work, an hour each way, five days a week, using the Tailfin rack and bags to carry clothes + lunch. It is absolutely silent, no rattles or banging around. I take it off on the weekends when I go on club rides. I'm really happy to see the new X series rack options, with mixes of carbon & aluminum to make the product available at lower price points.

Perfect fit

I bought the tail fin rack and pannier for commuting. It has been a workhorse that does its job perfectly. It fits exactly what I need, is essentially waterproof when closed, goes on and off the tailfin rack effortlessly, and so far has not shown any signs of wear. It really is amazing how I don’t even know it is there during my ride. Fits tight, doesn’t noticeably shift my weight. While it is a good size that you can stuff vertically to get more into it, it would be nice to have a slightly larger version. The only pannier that competes is the Ortlieb for durability, and they have larger versions. I understand that they are designed more for travel. I am debating getting a second one or getting an Aeropack. Overall very happy with my purchase and would buy again.

Makes impractical bikes practical

First off, this rack is incredible. If you are at all considering any of tailspin's racks, just buy it. More concretely, it is annoyingly hard to find a nice proper road bike that can take a rack, but that is exactly what this does. As a commuter, a rack makes a world of difference. Personally, I had been putting off upgrading my ride until I could find a solution that wasn't a swaying seatpost thingy. This is where tailfin came to the rescue. While most people will balk at the price, this product is really geared at letting your get more joyful miles out of a $2k+ tarmac eaters instead of letting it gather dust 5 days a weeks. Assembly was a breeze and easily fits aero posts. My only 'complaint' is that the spacer bushings need more options to be able to guarantee that it sits perfectly over the rear wheel. I also wish there as was a way to protect the extra threads that sit out past the dropout. I also wish I had waited a week since the new rack line came out right after I made my purchase.

Excellent mechanical design

I’m a mechanical engineer who works in aerospace and I appreciate well engineered designs that maximize stiffness and strength, while minimizing mass. I thought that the design and innovation of this rack and pannier were excellent. I was very impressed with the design and workmanship. The installation was simple, the design is sound, and the assembly and mechanisms work great. I’ve been using the rack for about 2 weeks for my 12 mile commute, and I’m very happy w my purchase.

I liked the first product.

자전거 캠핑을 위해 제품을 구입했습니다. 가격이 부담스러웠지만 가볍고 튼튼한걸 구입 했습니다.
저번주 주말에 130km 달려 하루 캠핑을 했고, 언덕을 내려 올때 시속 50km/h를 달성 했지만, 테일핀은 흔들리지 않고 안전하게 달려있었다.
각각 22L용량의 가방에 캠핑 장비와 음식을 넣을 수 있었다. 발포매트는 가방 위에 고정 시켜서 달아놨다.
자세한 사진은 아래 링크로 확인 가능하다.

http://m.dcinside.com/board/yurucam/10676

I bought the product for bike camping. I bought a light and sturdy but the price was burdensome.
We went for 130km on the weekend last weekend, camped for the day, and when we came down the hill we achieved 50km / h, but the tailpin was running safely and steadily.
We were able to put camping equipment and food into each bag of 22L capacity. The foam mats were fixed on the bag.
More photos can be found on the link below. (Google translation)

http://m.dcinside.com/board/yurucam/10676

Best rack/pannier system I've ever owned

I'm currently on a five-day trip in North Carolina's Blueridge Mountains. I'm staying with friends, so I go for daily rides with my new Ritchey Outback gravel/travel bike--and every day I take along a few things such as rain gear, a snack or two, a spare tire and a few other items, in one pannier mounted to the T1. Most of the riding is on asphalt, but every day has seen rough gravel sections in the endless forests of this area. There is no sway or movement from the pannier. The way it locks onto the rack in the mornings when I take off is sheer incredible: Three seconds, tops. The Outback uses thru-axles, and mounting the rack to the bike is a 15-second affair (on two rides my friends shuttled me to a different starting point and I had to remove the rack temporarily). I also have a "normal" Ritchey BreakAway that I took to NZL this spring, with QR axles. I rented a campervan and did loop trips every day, and of course used my T1 and a pannier to take stuff along. In a week I'll be in Germany and I'm taking an extra T1 plus pannier set for GF. The initial plan is for a few overnighters from her home base. The cool thing is that the rack will fit on her bike, sight unseen. I'm in the planning stages for true bike packing trips in both Cuba and Chile where I will be carrying more stuff, obviously. I've used saddle bags and of course other panniers, but they pale in comparison to the stability of this system--plus you can fit it on virtually any bike, whether there are eyelets or proper braze-ons (impossible of course on carbon bikes). My bike touring experience includes crossing the US, riding from Alaska to the Panama Canal, and thousands and thousands of miles in Europe, East Asia, and the Americas. At age 63 I'm no longer all that excited about some of the pain that comes with self-supported touring, but the Tailfin system has rekindled the wish for more adventure (e.g. the planned Cuba and Chile trips). Once I have my Aeropack I'll be ready for anything.

Am about a month into using these, and can say that this rack/pannier system ( it truly is a system) is the best I have ever used. Second day out, I took them through the rain, and everything made the trek bone dry, and the ride felt great, the weight distribution is perfect, and had no concerns riding on slick roads.

The tail fin is engineered remarkably well, and although I use this primarily on my commute, I am already planning a 200km+ trip with these. The system is elegant, very easy to get the bags on and off, and honestly the best ride I have ever had with the type of load that I am carrying. Fully loaded bags, and I cannot even tell that they are on the bike (not it in the way you can with traditional racks). No negative sway, no sluggish feel, no wide ugly dangerous turns.

I had some amateur bike club guys ride up to me, and scoff at wanting to put a rack system on my road bike they other day... that was until we hit an incline, and I zipped past them, in the saddle no less, and thought that the encounter of blowing past an amateur bike club (to be fair, 4 middle aged mamils) - with my daily commute load, speaks for how unobtrusive the setup is. I probably have the same negative feed back as anyone else: The inside of the bags should be a brighter color to help with visually seeing your contents, and that once the bags are off the bike, I wish there were an easier way to carry them (they come with shoulder strap, but no where for the strap to go once they are affixed to the bike - other than it dangling, or taking it off). All in all I am stupid happy with these! If you are debating the purchase, jump! I took a chance on them, and haven’t looked back, and my back has thanked me the most for removing an excess of 20+lbs worth of kit from a commuting backpack.

This made me a Believer in Panniers again!

I have been a bicycle commuter in the USA for 12 years now. Not everyday but I try to get out every month of the year. I started like everyone else with a backpack, then I moved on to Panniers, then Bike packing frame bags(that was for my Carbon road bike). My job requires me to go thru a security screening process with my bicycle. I had to give up on the bike packing frame bags as they where required to be removed, UGH!!!!! I settled for using another bicycle but missed the feel and speed of the carbon road bike I had. Then I saw Tailfin, I must say I was impressed with every aspect of it. The mounting looked tidy, and secure! not crazy clamping solutions. I could even mount my reliable Ortlieb Panniers to it, I thought. I held off on a purchase for too long. Then my co-worker who started bike commuting bought a Tailfin rack and made me a believer!!! I ordered mine quick and even got expedited shipping, I love the rack!!!! Install was quick and easy, My trusty Ortlieb bags mounted without a fuss!!! they do not look as good as my co-workers Tailfin panniers but I am a father of four so I will make do. My ride has been sway free since using this and no noise at all anywhere, the stability on the bike was fantastic and I am riding the same bicycle I see the Tailfin is advertised on a Giant TCR. I will say all the parts of this rack look clean and feel right, whoever is constructing this I feel has great quality control, and the packaging is over the top!! loved it. No regrets at all.

A rack/pannier system that works so well that you forget it's on your bike

I'm currently on a five-day trip in North Carolina's Blueridge Mountains. I'm staying with friends, so I go for daily rides with my new Ritchey Outback gravel/travel bike--and every day I take along a few things such as rain gear, a snack or two, a spare tire and afew other items, in one pannier mounted to the T1. Most of the riding is on asphalt, but every day has seen rough gravel sections in the endless forests of this area. There is no sway or movement from the pannier. The way it locks onto the rack in the mornings when I take off is sheer incredible: Three seconds, tops. The outback uses thru-axles, and mounting the rack to the bike is a 15-second affair (on two rides my friends shuttled me to a different starting point and I had to remove the rack temporarily). I also have a "normal" Ritchey BreakAway that I took to New Zealand this spring, with QR axles. I rented a campervan and did loop tris every day, and of course used my T1 and a pannier to take stuff along. In a few weeks I'll be in Germany and I'm taking an extra T1 plus pannier set for GF. The initial plan is for a few overnighters from her home base. The cool thing is that the rack will fit on her bike, sight unseen. I'm in the planning stages for true bike packing trips in both Cuba and Chile where I will be carrying more stuff, obviously. I've used saddle bags and of course other panniers, but they pale in comparison to the stability of this system--plus you can fit it on virtually any bike, whether there are eyelets or proper braze-ons (impossible of course on carbon bikes). My bike touring experience includes crossing the US, riding from Alaska to the Panama Canal, and thousands and thousands of miles in Europe, East Asia, and the Americas. At age 63 I'm no longer all that excited about some of the pain that comes with self-supported touring, but the Tailfin system has rekindled the wish for more adventure (thus the planned Cuba and Chile trips). I can't wait for the Aeropack to complete all.

Nice!

A beautiful product. I used on 5 day / 650km tour across Switzerland (+neighbors). Through cold and warm, sun and rain, flat and steep long climbs, they worked perfectly.

I found a solution to carry the bags when not on the bike (as others mentioned the carrying straps are not very practical) — simply turn both bags on their side and use the packing tethers as handles. It is very simple, comfortable and convenient.

Nick - you need to used facebook marketing! I had to search to find these existed. Quad-lock (another great product) showed up constantly in my feed as a biker. Also I would suggest you proactively send samples to boutique bike shops as they will love them. You will get a call from one i showed mine to on my trip!

10 day trip

Although I’m pleased with the product there were a couple of issues. First, the delivered rack and pannier bags was missing one of the arms which keeps the bag locked tight against the rack. No big deal as the weight of the bags did enough to ensure the bags didn’t move. The rack installed without a hitch. The bags were great, light but big enough to hold all my gear + laptop.

However the second issue needs to be given more thought.
After riding for 4 days (400 miles give or take) I noticed that one of the screws holding the bag locking mechanism had come out leaving just one screw to keep the locking bracket in place.

Needed a pannier rack for an upcoming trip of 6 days on the bike.

I did not realise when I purchased my Giant fathom mountain bike that it did not have a lower frame fixing point to accept a standard type pannier rack.
The only one that fitted the requirement was a tailfin T1, Unfortunately this rack fitted but was approximately 25mm too short in the main support legs and when the bag claws were fitted they rubbed on the tyre rendering this rack not suitable. However, James whom i spoke with assured me that they will extend the length and have another version in a couple of months that will fit. This does not help me now however I was very impressed by this product and could properly recommend it as it was easy to fit and remove quickly very lightweight and robust..

Happy Customer

Not long back from a cycling holiday, the first outing for the rack and panniers. The panniers were very easy to take on and off the bike , not a creak or rattle to be heard through the trip- just didn't know they were there. I have to admit I left the fitting of the rack to my husband but he said it was easy and the rack has been switched between bikes already. Just back from first supermarket shopping trip with panniers which are very roomy , my first step to reducing my carbon footprint.

Brilliant product...

Excellent high-quality product which solves a problem, I had no idea actually could be solved.

Perfect in every way

The delivery was super fast and efficient, with good communications, just as well as I only found tailfin a week before my 6 day, 600k UK road trip. The T1 plus 2 x lightweight pannier bags were every bit as good as the reviews said they would be. My review: Beautifully designed, lightweight, super easy to fit ( once I'd worked out left from right), very stable, the right capacity in the bags, really neat mechanism to fix and remove panniers from thje fram, really liked the ability to fix a light to the rear; it will have hopefully encouraged cars to give a wider passing distance and finally, the all important envy of fellow cyclists ;). I am sure my buddy on the 6 day ride will buy one.

Beautifully Engineered

Received my Tailfin and panniers on time and in great packaging raising expectation. Not disappointed, tailfin and panniers beautifully engineered and finished and took only minutes to assemble and fit to bike, didn't even have to remove existing mudguard. Had a 45 mile trial run and there was no movement or rubbing of the panniers or frame and everything was very secure and pannier contents stayed dry despite heavy rain and hail. Looking forward to my next tour in a few weeks, thanks Nick and team, great product.

One of the best products I've purchased

I was incredibly impressed with the quality of this product. Rarely do I buy an item, sight unseen, and have it actually be better than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the presentation of the boxes and the packaging that the rack and panniers came in. Everything looked like a high-quality item and the unboxing was an event. The tailfin rack is beautifully finished. Carbon weave is consistent and the matte finish is gorgeous. I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the hardware. These are the type of fasteners that you find in Motorsports and aircraft. All are minimalist and have the smoothness of scientific equipment.
I went with the heavy duty panniers and they have a suitable thickness. There is no fear that water will penetrate these.

My only critique was that the instructions are a bit "IKEA-esque" and if you are like me, and your close in vision is challenged, you may have to find a 20 year old to help determine which way a mounting bracket goes.

Great product. Please make more things. I will gladly purchase from tailfin again.

Top Material

Funktionalität und Qualität sind top. Für gewichtsbewusste Toureros oder Pendler mit schnellen Fahrzeugen gibt es (meines Wissens) keine besseren Alternativen. Ich habe nach 25 Jahren Ortlieb-Stahlvelo-Reisen auf Leicht-Carbonrenner-Touring umgestellt und verschiedene Konzepte (Satteltaschen-Lenkersäcke-Arkelträger etc.) ausprobiert und bin nun angekommen. Super Produkt, besser geht kaum!!

Good Find

Fitting went well after I purchased a 3mm allen key.
I'm looking forward to using it on a long continental trip later inMay 2019