Saris Bike Porter Trunk 3 Bike car rack review£110.00

Rear mounted rack

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This compact-folding rack is quick and easy to install, as it comes virtually assembled. Just adjust it to the right angle and strap the hooks onto the back end of your car.

The straps need to be done up extra tight though, because the narrow, three-pointed body has little inherent stability. Even with maximum elbow grease, the rack readily moves from side to side when pushed.

We did have some concerns over licence plates being obscured:
We did have some concerns over licence plates being obscured:

We have some concerns over licence plates being obscured

Installing bikes is easy, thanks to the well-designed bike cradles. They can hold either horizontal or vertical tubes, inhibiting the bikes from swinging fore and aft, and the cradles are well spaced to further deter bikes from colliding in transit. The rubber straps are nice and long too.

When driving, the bike rack swayed laterally when cornering, but not so much as to contact the car or cause damage. Our main issue is the low bike-holding position, which somewhat obscured our hatchback’s number plate, despite removing the wheels.

This may be less troublesome for saloon cars, but check before buying or budget for a lighting board.

Seb Stott

Technical writer, Tech hub, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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