Tail­fin T1 car­bon pan­nier rack

£399.99 (with two SL bags), tail­fin.cc

Cyclist - - Lead Out | New Gear -

our­ing is dead; long live bikepack­ing! That’s the mantra of many hip and trendy ad­ven­ture cy­clists nowa­days, for whom the main de­sire is to go fur­ther, faster. That means there is no longer any place for gird­er­like pan­nier racks on which to pile your ex­pe­di­tion tent and bars of Ken­dal Mint Cake.

Tail­fin is the sleek al­ter­na­tive. The ma­jor­ity of the T1 rack is made from car­bon fi­bre, mean­ing it weighs just 350g, which the brand is proud to state is less than the weight of a can of cola. Most old fash­ioned racks would be about the same weight as a two-litre bot­tle of the fizzy brown stuff.

What’s more, you don’t need spe­cific bosses on your frame to fit this rack; it will at­tach to any road bike. All you have to do is swap out your rear quick-re­lease for Tail­fin’s spe­cific design, fix the rack to it and at­tach the other end to your seat­post with a firm-but-gen­tle rub­ber grip. The 22-litre wa­ter­proof SL bags are equally light­weight, and clip into place with­out any un­nec­es­sary faff.

The price may be on the pre­mium side, but at least you won’t have to in­vest in an en­tire new bike to head off on your own multi-day ad­ven­ture.

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