Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

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SOC16: Lake warms up w/ new MXZ 400 Winter Boot, adds new CX shoes, revamped CX332, full custom 402, more

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already one of the warmer boots on the market, but with hardcore adventurers riding fat bikes to new extremes, the demand is there for even warmer winter boots. With twice the insulation of the 303s, the 400s should leave your toes plenty warm…

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already […]

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SOC16: Knight Composites forms new 35mm road and CX tubulars, shows super light 27.5+ Rim

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing the carbon bicycle landscape and for their next project, they thought they could make a better wheel. Again.

After launching the brand with their first road wheels which promised to be faster and more stable, Knight Composites turned their focus towards mountain bikes with some wide but super light carbon options. Back in January, Knight promised some news in the form of tubulars for both road and CX, and they made good on the promise at Sea Otter…

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing […]

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SOC16: Ventana Wolfram 27+ gets the Pinion gearbox makeover

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on request. Built around a 120mm fork and with provisions for belt drive and the Pinion gearbox, this is one interesting option for 27+…

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on […]

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State Megalith brings you big low-pressure fun without the mega price

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as the kinda yummy looking neapolitan scheme…

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as […]

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Missy Giove helps Underground Bike Works make a splash at Sea Otter w/ prototype plus bikes

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of John Parker’s early prototypes from his new Underground Bike Works venture. The bike was quickly taken out of the test mule line up, built with some of Missy’s Deity components, and then sent off with her to crash the dual slalom race with the goal of slapping some high fives, roosting some berms, and (maybe) chugging a few beers.

That plays right into the script of Underground Bike Works. As John put it, “I don’t want to have a race team and go racing any more. I want to make fun bikes – and we’ve hit our mark.” As a joint operation between John Parker and his partners Mike Foxworthy and Will Kenefica, Underground Bike Works is all about the big tires, and all consumer direct…

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of […]

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SOC16: Trek Farley EX full suspension 27.5″ fat bike crushes all seasons, hardtails get lighter

2017 Trek Farley EX full suspension 275 carbon fiber fat bike

2017 Trek Farley EX full suspension 275 carbon fiber fat bike

Fat bikes are Trek’s fastest growing category, and it’s not because there’s more snow. Surprisingly, they say Nebraska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee are the fastest growing states for fat bikes.

So, the natural evolution to their line is full suspension with the all-new Trek Farley EX full suspension fat bike. It has an even broader usage range than the Farley hardtails. Trek’s calling it an all-season bike, something that’s super versatile and uses the same design and performance of their standard full suspension trail bikes, so it works just as well in the desert, the mountains or the snow.

Going with a pure fat bike rather than “plus” tires gives them even more traction in all types of terrain, and the 120mm suspension gives you more bump control. With fat bike tires, you essentially have uncontrolled suspension coming from the big, inflated rubber. Putting a tuned suspension on both ends of the bike lets them control the motion better, which further enhances traction. To cap it all off, they’re built around 27.5″ fat bike tires, not 26″, which puts an even bigger patch of rubber on the ground. Grip it and rip it.

For those opposed to suspension with their giant tires, there’s also a new top-of-the-line Farley 9.9 rigid carbon hardtail with custom HED carbon wheels that’s a lightweight race rocket…

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Fat bikes are Trek’s fastest growing category, and it’s not because there’s more snow. Surprisingly, they say Nebraska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee are the fastest growing states for fat bikes. So, the natural evolution to their line is full suspension with the all-new Trek Farley EX full suspension fat bike. It has an even broader usage […]

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Review: Fatback Skookum will have you thinking fat bikes year ’round

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for.

When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking for something that would complement their stable of race winning adventure fat bikes. Something with shorter chainstays, slacker angles, and even room for more travel. Something exactly like the new Skookum…

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for. When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking […]

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45NRTH teases new concave XL tire studs to conquer ice & snow

45NRTH XL Stud

Even though most of the ice and snow is gone from Minneapolis, it looks like 45NRTH is already preparing for next winter. With more riders taking to studded tires as their all purpose winter treads, the actual tire studs are getting a bit more attention. As a result, 45NRTH is teasing their new XL stud. Built with a cupped, concave tip the stud looks like it would offer insane levels of grip no matter what the surface. Specifically, 45NRTH claims there is 86% more grip edge than a standard stud.

Offering a further tease at things to come, 45NRTH says they will come standard on a brand new tire this fall. The studs will also be available this fall in packs of 25 or 100 for $15 or $40 and will fit all 45NRTH studdable tires and will use the same stud tool.

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Even though most of the ice and snow is gone from Minneapolis, it looks like 45NRTH is already preparing for next winter. With more riders taking to studded tires as their all purpose winter treads, the actual tire studs are getting a bit more attention. As a result, 45NRTH is teasing their new XL stud. […]

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