Tailfin's ecosystem reminds me of Apple's approach: go all-in, and it works

Sam Jones puts their Mini Panniers, Half Frame Bag and Packing Cubes to the test

Tailfin Cycling Bags on Bike
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Tailfin has upped its game producing a series of new bikepacking kit that will be just as good for an overnighter as racing round the world. The panniers and framebag will take the stress out of loading your bike, and are examples of quality, not over, engineered products. The packing cubes are a let down, being expensive for what they are, but likely appreciated by those already invested in the Tailfin ecosystem.

Reasons to buy
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    Tailfin ecosystem just works

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    Good customer service and warranty

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    Greater luggage options for shorter riders

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    Rattle-free panniers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Tailfin ecosystem (especially for panniers)

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    Single colour scheme

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    Packing cubes are not dry bags

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    Price

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British company Tailfin is fast becoming a respected name in bikepacking circles, producing well engineered minimalist equipment, that balances durability and capability without major weight gains. Crucially their designs also should work with pretty much any bike, which is a major plus for the bikepacking curious.

Increasingly, Tailfin is creating its own ecosystem of bikepacking storage solutions, with new equipment interacting seamlessly with the old, which to my mind bears similarities to the approach of tech giant Apple. 

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Currently he is the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, a freelance commentator on cycling issues and works in the Surrey Hills on access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found what riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.