Introducing the Tailfin Cycling Mini Cage: “Elevate Your Stash Game”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The new Tailfin Mini Cage is perfect for carrying essentials on your mountain bike or gravel bike securely and rub-free. The introduction of the Mini Cage bolsters our Cargo Cage range, first released in 2020.” – Tailfin Cycling

tailfin cycling mini cage review

What is it?

The new Mini Cage is a versatile, low profile mount for carrying gear or bottles. CNC machined from 7075-T6 aluminium, the highest grade used in the cycle industry. Using this grade, we can create a cage stronger, lighter and far less likely to fail than welded or sheet metal versions.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The Mini Cage features a careful design aimed to be as free from sharp edges as possible. Chamfered edges ensure minimal risk of damage to soft bags, tubes or straps. These provide a clean, scratch-free interface with your frame. The integrated strap guides hold gear secure while also retaining the straps when not in use. We also kept the strap guides long enough to be compatible with a wide range of Voile or Velcro-style cargo straps.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The Tailfin Mini Cage features a concave design to securely hold your gear or a water bottle with a single strap, unlike most existing mini cargo mounts that feature an almost flat profile. This clever shaping holds a standard bottle or larger Nalgene/Kleen Kanteen style bottles in complete stability – something your typical velcro enduro strap cannot do.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

We gave the Mini Cage a design based around the standard two-bolt ‘bottle cage’ spacing. Ovalised mounting slots to allow the rider to tweak the position of the Mini Cage to gain maximum practicality.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

During rowdy test rides we found that, depending on the amount of load carried, it was possible to damage the aluminium rivet nuts on bike frames. (These are the ‘normal’ type of frame nuts used on both Carbon and Alloy bikes). We, therefore, developed a novel feature that we call Load Pads… Load Pads are small Nitrile gaskets permanently bonded to the underside of the cage. The Load Pads have a V-shaped profile that extends beyond the diameter of rivet nuts to contact the frame on either side.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

“This offers extra support and helps spread the load more evenly during shock loading. In summary, this small, but crucial detail, provides a secure, scratch-free and rattle-free fit even under the most severe loading conditions elevating it beyond merely a flat metal plate bolted to your frame.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The Tailfin Mini Cage is an elegant alternative to the ever-popular velcro strap gear mounts. There is zero risk of frame damage by holding the inner tube, tools, or dry bag away from the frame. Opt to use a simple Voile style strap to provide a fast access and zero rattle solution to keep those essential spares ready to go on your bike.”

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The low profile design is so aesthetically pleasing that you can happily keep it on your bike even when not using it to its full potential.”

Specifications

  • Height: 87mm
  • Width: 72mm
  • Depth: 17mm
  • Weight: 37.6 grams (inc. mounting hardware)
  • Colour: Tailfin Black

tailfin cycling mini cage review

tailfin cycling mini cage review

tailfin cycling mini cage review

tailfin cycling mini cage review

The Tailfin Mini Cage is available to buy from www.tailfin.cc in Tailfin Black priced at £20 (€25 / $25)