Wild Rivian R1T Session Shows Why Rivian Cross Bars Cannot Compromise On Strength

The Rivian R1T is not just a cool electric truck. It is also a tough pickup truck, period. It is then unsurprising to see the R1T being subjected to extremely tough tests. One such test was conducted by Top Gear as part of its series on the Tesla Cybertruck. 

Interestingly enough, Top Gear’s tests ended up proving the idea that Rivian owners should never compromise when it comes to the strength of the cross bars that they use on their vehicles. 

Top Gear likely used the Rivian R1T as a benchmark for the Tesla Cybertruck because it is the most capable all-electric off-roader in the market today. And during the publication’s tests, the R1T shone, showing that it could achieve high speeds in off-road conditions and taking on sand dunes masterfully with its multiple drive modes. 

But during one test, something quite unexpected happened. Top Gear really wanted to test out the limits of the Rivian R1T and the Tesla Cybertruck, so the motoring publication drove the vehicles at high speed and launched them up a rough incline, effectively giving the two all-electric pickup trucks some legitimate air time. Now, off-roading is one thing, but surviving jumps is another thing entirely

The Rivian R1T actually performed its jump in a capable mannerBut upon further inspection, the Top Gear hosts found that one of the Rivian R1T’s cross bars ended up bending after the jump. This was likely due to the tent that was on the back of the R1T, of course, but in an ideal scenario, no cross bars should be bent during an adventure.  

Top Gear’s experience highlights the importance of using very tough cross barsYou never know what’s going to happen when you’re off-roading, after all. And when things go sideways, the last thing you’d probably want to deal with are bent cross bars. 

We at Rivianist offer a Rivian R1T & R1S Crossbar Tent Mount in our shop. They’re made from premium, long-lasting materials that are designed to last long and be dependable even in the roughest situations. We haven’t tested it on a Rivian R1T with some serious airtime, but we’re very confident that for sensible off-road use, these cross bars will have your back. Oh, and they store well in the Gear Tunnel too!

Here's a look at our Rivian R1T & R1S Crossbar Tent Mount.

Check out Top Gear's wild runs with the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck in the video below.