Notice that the mounting rod (which is flat with multiple holes) can be screwed to many heights. I used the maximum, which due to the slant, puts the rack high enough and rearward enough that I don't have heel conflict with my panniers. The rack comes disassembled. I had to flex (not actually bend) some of the pieces to get them into position where their bolt holes lined up where I could insert the bolts. It's very sturdy and has a handy spring-loaded arm on top for quickly attaching something like a jacket.