Being a Halfords own-brand, the High Mount 3 aims to be a good-value bike rack. Unfortunately we also found it extremely fiddly to assemble.
With lots of separate parts and straps, it took us the best part of an hour to put together. Halfords will fit it for you though, if you have a spare £15, and its staff are well placed to advise you whether it will be a good fit for your car.
Using cylindrical toggles and wrap-around straps to secure the rack to the tailgate means less chance of scratching the car with metal hooks, and ours felt very secure once fitted. However, it did come slightly loose after the first drive as the lateral strap slipped down.
Bikes are held nice and high, making the number plate and lights clearly visible. The bike cradles are pretty fiddly to install out of the box and their straps are too short to fit the largest down tubes, but foam padding prevents damage and there’s room for three bikes.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.