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Nick from Tailfin recently posted an update about the development of Tailfin (the best bike rack and pannier for road bikes). We thought we would publish the full update here in Nick's own words, for those not on kickstarter.
Thanks for your patience - we've been burning the midnight oil and now have a truly massive update for you including a boat load of pictures. In this update we have:
We had a massive response on the surface finish survey! Over 400 of you responded! Thank you!
These were the overall preferences (but knowing a persons second and third choice was very important also):
The choice for white and green was easy to go with the majority. However, deciding what to do with Visible Carbon and Black was a bit harder. We decided to compromise and keep one of those colours glossy. Therefore, the final colours and surface finishes we are creating are:
Images of these below!
1. RACK TO AXLE CONNECTION
2. SEATPOST CONNECTION
3. BAG MOUNTING
4. TOP TUBE
5. ANTI-RUB PROTECTION
6. ADAPTER PINS (To allow alternative brand panniers to mount to the Tailfin rack)
The mudguard has been slightly redesigned to be longer in each direction and it is designed to be attached and removed without tools.
9. RACK MOUNT ADAPTERS
These are now designed as a single piece.
10. FINAL PRODUCT
Overall the weight of the rack has crept up a little to 350grams. The bag should remain unchanged at 600grams.
The following images highlight the Tailfin rack and panniers that are currently being used by our beta testers.
Huge thanks to Mud Dock Cycleworks and cafe for letting me use their range of bikes for the photo shoot. Brilliant, knowledgeable team and great range of bikes. Worth a visit!
The second trip to Taiwan was AWESOME! The team were great and we accomplished so much in such a short period of time. I've worked on many many new products over the years and the speed at which this is moving is mind blowing!
There is a now a new voluntary worldwide test standard, released a few months ago, for bicycle carrier racks. It has the catchy name of: ISO 11243:2016. Achieving the ISO standard would be a HUGE milestone and help to prove that the Tailfin rack is a robust, quality and safe product.
The most challenging aspect within the standard is the 'Dynamic Testing' where they vibrate and shake the rack for 200,000 cycles in different directions, fully loaded with 9KGs per side (18KGs total).
It is required that this ISO test be carried by an independent certified body. We chose the international giant SGS to perform these tests.
The news? WE PASSED!!!!!! We are expecting to receive the certificate next week! This really is incredible news!
The beta testers started picking up their racks last week. By tomorrow there will be 7 in use. So far the results are good and only minor issues spotted.
A few quotes from Paul Barrington in a recent email:
"the feel and response of your rack was sublime"
"The ride was very good. With the rack not moving at all compared with a wire rack."
i can't express how hard we're working to get you this as soon as possible. We decided to delay a few weeks and wait for feedback from the beta testers rather than starting the remaining tooling 'at risk'. Therefore delivery is now expected for DECEMBER.
The feedback on the questions not related to surface finish was brilliant and contained some incredible insights and suggestions. There were lots of questions so rather than answer individually we thought we'd answer them here and now...
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