Tailfin, makers of the unique carbon fibre rack that we reviewed recently, has today launched an expanded range of racks and a new aero roll-top bag via Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise £20,000 of funding.
Company founder Nick Broadbent popped over to the office to run us through the new designs, which you can watch in the video above.
The AeroPack range is billed as an alternative to carrying luggage than the bikepacking seatpacks which are incredibly popular at the moment.
That original T1 carbon rack, first launched in 2016, remains in the range but is joined but an all-new AeroPack Carbon and AeroPack Alloy rack. All three racks can be used with the brand new 20-litre waterproof roll-top pack with a built-in rigid backbone.
The racks are compatible with road, gravel and mountain bikes. Compatibility was a big focus of the original design and remains with the expanded family of racks. They can be fitted to most bikes regardless of whether they have traditional rack mounts, and work with rim and disc brake bikes.
Benefits of the AeroPack are increased stability compared to a seatpack, which anyone that has used one knows requires very careful packing and strap tightening to stop it swinging about. It’s also more aerodynamic, hence the name, than a conventional rack and pannier setup.
Both the AeroPack Carbon and the Aeropack Alloy have the roll-top bag permanently integrated into the rack to save weight. That does concern us as being able to remove the bag is jolly useful in some situations, say if you’re locking the bike up in a garage but want to take the entire bag, and not just the contents, inside with you.
If that’s an issue for you, the AeroPack Trunk is the toll-top bag that can be fitted to the company’s original T1 carbon rack.
The AeroPack Carbon weighs a claimed 600g with 12kg maximum load capacity, an increase over the original T1 racks 9kg, and clearance for any 700c tyre and up to 27.5x3.0” or 29x2.5” mountain bike wheels and tyres.
The AeroPack Alloy weighs 780g with the same 12kg weight limit, but increased tyre clearance up to 29x4.4” tyres.
If you like the look and sound of the new AeroPack you can show your support over on Kickstarter. The AeroPack Carbon is going for a specially discounted priced of £269 and the AeroPack Alloy £219. The AeroPack Trunk on its own is £119.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.