Zox 20 Tailbox #3 (fiberglass NovoSport Sport Mini)

Why a tailbox ?

Third try to sort out a tailbox

Zox do not make/supply a specific tailbox for the Zox 20, and AFAIK there is no tailbox specifically design for the Flux made wooden seat.

Researching off-the-shelf tailboxes available in Germany I found the NovoSport range, designed to fit onto their own fiberglass seats (possibly supplied to various bike makers, etc HP Velotechnik, Zox etc) and giving a compatibility chart that included the Zox 20 Z (but would not necessarily mean that it would fit the Flux wooden seat).

On their stand at SPEZI 2005 I saw a Sport Mini URL going cheap I decided to buy it (???Eur) and hope that I could fit it. It was a little chipped underneath (hence the lower price) but apart from that it looked fine.


The box is supplied "blank" and it is up to you to drill the required holes on the tailbox and your (possibly) seat back. The material is easy to drill, but of course you have to be pretty careful in the planning as you (ideally) only want to drill one set of holes.

You need to be sure about the symmetry of the mounting (i.e. on the center line and not leaning off vertical (as seen from the rear)), it should not interfere with your seating position (esp. head and arms) or the rear wheel (also allowing for movement due to the suspension and the seat: see below). And it should be in a reasonably aerodynamic position.


Side View

(All photos with seat mat removed)

Note the high mounting, the black mudguard and the 2 light grey rubber door stopped spaces.
SportMini_side SportMini_topSide

Front View

Note the 4 silver bolt-heads: 2 at the top and 2 halfway down on the outside that secure the tailbox (the center 2 support the seat).

Additional Water Protection

To complete the water protection I fitted a standard *front* clip-on mudguard (black) zip-tied on. Then higher up I zip-tied some camping mat foam (mid-grey on the photos) (can also been seen on the front view above, through the seat holes).
SportMini_mudguard_side SportMini_mudguard_below

(Not yet tested in the rain !!)

(I also use the matching clip-on *rear* mudguard at the front (after cutting away some of the plastic to get it to fit) but I keep it in the tailbox when it is not needed.)

Weight / Volume Comparison

Reference weights and volumes: NovoSport Sport Mini tailbox weights and volumes: I.e. on an upright bike you have a rack and panniers with a combined weight of 2.7 kg to carry 25 litres whereas this tailbox is 1.6 kg to carry the same.

In addition I assume the tailbox is 100% waterproof, whereas the panniers may not be. And also the tailbox should help with aerodynamics, whereas panniers usually make it worse !!

Conclusions (August 2008)

<< Back to Zox 20 introduction page | << Back to Front page | Email me