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Beautiful, ultra-light, quick release bike rack & panniers for any road bike. Ride fast, with more.
Beautiful, ultra-light, quick release bike rack & panniers for any road bike. Ride fast, with more.
Beautiful, ultra-light, quick release bike rack & panniers for any road bike. Ride fast, with more.
738 backers pledged £157,151 to help bring this project to life.

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Tailfin: Ultra-light carbon bike rack & panniers

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Tailfin is an advanced carbon fiber rack with companion pannier bags. They have been designed around the core belief that every journey is not just about the destination, it’s about enjoying the ride. 

Tailfin rack, pannier bags, skewer & adapter pins
Tailfin rack, pannier bags, skewer & adapter pins

 

Ride fast, with more
Ride fast, with more

 

For any road, hybrid, touring or cyclocross bicycle
For any road, hybrid, touring or cyclocross bicycle

 

 

During this campaign we invited riders from a local cycling club and from Facebook to come and try out Tailfin. We filmed them comparing Tailfin to other viable options for carrying gear on your road bike. This was the result:

 

The Tailfin rack is adaptable to the majority of road bikes, and is both is ultra-light and quick release. Both the rack and bag are designed to complement your road bike beautifully. It weighs 275grams and can take a load of up to 18kg's/40lbs.

Tailfin rack
Tailfin rack

 

 

The Tailfin panniers contain a rigid backbone to keep items stable in transit and reduce any sway or swing whilst cycling. Each pannier has a sizeable capacity of 24 Litres, with the ability to accommodate even the largest 17” laptop, if used for commuting.

Tailfin pannier bags
Tailfin pannier bags

 

 

The Tailfin rack & panniers blend perfectly together and the rack can accomodate other pannier brands thanks to our innovative design.

Other panniers
Other panniers

 

Tailfin rack with different pannier options
Tailfin rack with different pannier options

 

Attaching an existing pannier
Attaching an existing pannier

 

The humble bicycle rack has remained unchanged for nearly half a century. It is unsightly when compared alongside modern road bikes and they can be heavy and difficult to fit to bikes that don’t come with rack mounts. A redesign was long overdue, and Tailfin is the solution.

Cycling with a backpack
Cycling with a backpack

 

Existing racks
Existing racks

 

Weight comparisson
Weight comparisson

 

To enable the Tailfin rack to fit the majority of road bikes, including carbon and those lacking rack mounts, it ships with a custom made quick release skewer, with built-in mounting features. The rack is mounted to the bike, by forming a stable triangle between the ends of the skewer and the seatpost.  

See below for the stretch goal giving a new additional way to attach Tailfin to your bike!

The rack is quick release, allowing it to be added, or removed, without tools, in seconds.

Connect to any road bike, without tools, in seconds
Connect to any road bike, without tools, in seconds

 

The skewer
The skewer

The majority of road bicycles have two different skewer lengths. Bicycles with rim brakes are narrower at the rear (130mm hub width). Those with disc brakes are wider at the rear (135mm hub width). Often these require different skewer lengths. The Tailfin skewer and lower rack connection is awesome because it is designed to accommodate both widths...

 

Rack to quick release skewer connection - bike with rim brakes
Rack to quick release skewer connection - bike with rim brakes

 

Rack to quick release skewer connection - bike with disc brakes
Rack to quick release skewer connection - bike with disc brakes

The seatpost connector is carbon friendly and designed to fit almost any size from 25mm - 34mm whether it is round or an aero shape. We hope to support deep aero seatposts during the campaign - watch this space or message us.

Seatpost connector
Seatpost connector

 Tailfin is compatible with almost all road, hybrid and cyclocross bikes with tyre sizes up to 700Cx35. If your tyre is wider then please message us.

Clearance on a road bike with 700x25C tyres
Clearance on a road bike with 700x25C tyres

 

STRETCH GOAL #1 - £75K - Rack mount adapter - ACHIEVED!!! STRETCH GOAL #2 - £100K - Mudguard/Fender & Deep aero seat post compatible - ACHIEVED!!! These stretch goals made Tailfin even more adaptable and useful! We are very close to being able to say Tailfin fits EVERY road, hybrid, touring & cyclocross bicycle out there! More details below!

We have developed an additional method to mount Tailfin to your bikes. Because we hit the stretch goal of £75,000 / $109,000 / €96,000 we will give you, for no extra cost, RACK MOUNT ADAPTERS. Rack mount adapters can be used instead of the Tailfin Quick Release skewer to mount the Tailfin rack to your bike frame:

Rack mount adapters
Rack mount adapters

 

Rack mount adapter location = bigger tyre sizes
Rack mount adapter location = bigger tyre sizes

Rack mount adapters are small parts that give BIG benefits:

  • 1) If you don’t have a bicycle with a Quick Release skewer – i.e. Thru axle or a solid axle, but you do have lower rack/mudguard mounts (small screw holes next to your skewer/axle) – Tailfin can now fit your bike! A great example of this is the Specialized Diverge. 
  • 2) Tailfin is designed to be sleek and low profile therefore the maximum tyre size is a Cyclocross 700x35C tyre. Now, if you use the rack mount adapters it will lift up the Tailfin rack providing more clearance to accommodate a 700x42C tyre. This is perfect for a street cruiser or larger hybrid bicycle.
  • 3) You can have the Tailfin skewer attached to one bike, the rack mount adapters to another, then easily swap the Tailfin rack between them.
Rack mount adapters are easy to fit
Rack mount adapters are easy to fit

 

Because we hit £100,000 / $144,000 / €127,000 we are giving you, for no extra cost, a CLIP ON MUDGUARD and the option to choose a seatpost connector that will work with DEEP AERO SEATPOSTS. 

The mudguard will require no tools to attach and protect yourself from spray. The weight will be around 30grams / 1 ounce.

Clip on mudguard
Clip on mudguard

 

Clip on mudguard
Clip on mudguard

The aero seatpost connector is still in development. We have recently been testing the concept below. This is just one of the concepts we have developed.

Aero seatpost connector - 1st prototype
Aero seatpost connector - 1st prototype

 

For security purposes the Tailfin rack can be locked with a small screw when needed.

Insert screws for security
Insert screws for security

 

The pannier fabric is a high performance, advanced sailcloth laminate, making it exceptionally waterproof, durable and lightweight. Inside is a rigid backbone to keep items stable whilst riding.

The rigid backbone within the pannier bag
The rigid backbone within the pannier bag

 

Tailfin pannier bag specification
Tailfin pannier bag specification

 

Accommodates 17" laptop & internal zip pocket
Accommodates 17" laptop & internal zip pocket

 

Everything you might need on a daily commute
Everything you might need on a daily commute

 

It's easy to carry the pannier once the strap is connected
It's easy to carry the pannier once the strap is connected

 

There are three different colours available at launch. You will be able to select your colour when we send out a survey after the campaign ends.

Colour options
Colour options

 

The first 250 backers will receive their Tailfin rack with a unique limited addition sequential number imprinted on the side.

Limited edition sequential numbers
Limited edition sequential numbers

 

Ultra limited neon green rack
Ultra limited neon green rack

 

Before creating the carbon part we first worked with 3D printed and metal prototypes to iterate and improve the design.

Prototyping & design iterations
Prototyping & design iterations

 

One of the metal prototypes
One of the metal prototypes

Creating a light and elegant product was important to us, but it was also critical that Tailfin's function was as good or better than existing racks & panniers. By utilizing carbon fiber as the main material, Tailfin is ultra rigid. We created both a static and a dynamic test rig to ensure the rack was tested beyond industry standards (EN 14872-2006).

Side-load testing up to 23kg's/50lbs
Side-load testing up to 23kg's/50lbs

 

The dynamic test rig
The dynamic test rig

 

The founder, Nick Broadbent, a passionate cyclist, is a mechanical engineer and has been designing and engineering products for over a decade, having worked for various international product development consultancies and startups. Over the last year he has worked with a network of designers and manufacturing specialists to make Tailfin a reality.

Nick Broadbent - Founder & Mechanical Engineer
Nick Broadbent - Founder & Mechanical Engineer

 

Tailfin team
Tailfin team

SPECIAL MENTIONS

 

 

 

To make the Tailfin rack & panniers a reality we need your help to back us and then spread the word.  Journeys should not just be about the destination, it’s about enjoying the ride by being light, agile & quick. Ride fast, with more.

 

 

Front Edge Design can help you convert brilliant ideas and fledgling technology into viable, practical & commercial products. Get in touch!

After the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will be using the BackerKit software for our Pledge Management System. 

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This project is promoted by Jellop , a direct response online advertising agency specializing in Kickstarter campaigns on Facebook Ads and Google AdWords.

Risks and challenges

We have designed, engineered and manufactured dozens of products before. Some of the products we've worked on include: Ultra-high volume drug delivery devices, lab robotics, MRI equipment, remote controlled electro-mechanical products, high volume polymer & paper packaging, SatNav products, robotic pharmaceutical automation, frozen food & beverage equipment, optical measuring equipment. Many of these products are significantly more complex (but not as cool) as Tailfin but thankfully it has put us in to a strong position to be able to delivery the project on time and quality.

We have worked on Tailfin for over a year and have spent much of that year iterating the design to ensure Tailfin meets our rigorous standards and ensure the project is delivered on time and budget. We have worked with partners to confirm the supply chain and carrying out in house tests to ensure it will be a robust, quality product that you will love as much as we do.

Finally, our manufacturing partners are competent at dealing with high volume production so if we are fortunate enough to smash our target, this won't cause undue problems.

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    Pledge £3 or more About $4

    HUGE TAILFIN THANK YOU!!!

    We really appreciate your support. Keep up to date with backer updates and offerings from Tailfin. Your name will also go on our backers hall of fame on our website.

    [£3 = $4.35 = €3.90 appox]

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    Pledge £96 or more About $139

    2X TAILFIN PANNIER BAGS

    Two amazing, ultra-light Tailfin pannier bags which can fit both the Tailfin rack or a regular bike rack.

    [£96 = $140 = €123]

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - RACK ONLY

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack, quick release skewer & adapter pins.

    [£132 = $190 = €169 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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    Pledge £145 or more About $209

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - RACK ONLY

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack (white or black), quick release skewer & adapter pins.

    [£145 = $210 = €187 approx]

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    Pledge £152 or more About $219

    LATE BIRD - TAILFIN RACK ONLY

    Tailfin rack, quick release skewer & adapter pins.

    [£152 = $220 = €196 approx]

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    Pledge £176 or more About $254

    SUPER EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - TAILFIN RACK & 1X PANNIER BAG

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 1x pannier bag.

    [£176 = $255 = €227 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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    Pledge £193 or more About $279

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - TAILFIN RACK & 1X PANNIER BAG

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 1x pannier bag.

    [£193 = $280 = €227 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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    Pledge £197 or more About $284

    LATE BIRD - TAILFIN RACK & 1X PANNIER BAG

    Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 1x pannier bag.

    [£197 = $285 = €254 approx]

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    Pledge £211 or more About $305

    SUPER EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - TAILFIN RACK & 2X PANNIER BAGS

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 2x pannier bags.

    [£207 = $305 = €272 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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    Pledge £235 or more About $339

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - TAILFIN RACK & 2X PANNIER BAGS

    Individually numbered Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 2x pannier bags.

    [£235 = $340 = €303 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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    LATE BIRD - TAILFIN RACK & 2X PANNIER BAGS

    Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 2x pannier bags.

    [£240 = $350 = €306 approx]

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    Pledge £345 or more About $498

    ULTRA LIMITED EDITION - TAILFIN RACK IN NEON GREEN & 2X PANNIER BAGS

    Tailfin rack, quick release skewer, adapter pins & 2x pannier bags.
    The rack is neon green and individually numbered. Also, your name is embroidered on the pannier bags.

    [£345 = $500 = €445 approx]

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    Pledge £1,070 or more About $1,545

    SUPER EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION FAMILY PACK - 5X TAILFIN RACKS & 10X PANNIER BAGS

    5 sets of individually numbered Tailfin racks, quick release skewers, adapter pins & 2 pannier bags. (5x racks & 10 bags in total)

    [£1035 = $1550 = €1380 approx]

    Note: you will choose colour after campaign ends - visible carbon weave, white and black.

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Funding period

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