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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Greg Minnaar takes the new Santa Cruz Tallboy for a South African Epic of his own

Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more fun on his own epic…

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Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more […]

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SOC16: Onza Svelt mountain bike tire smooths the XC rough

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The Onza Svelt 29er XC race tire was teased at Taipei, we spotted them racing at Sea Otter and got a little more detail. Designed as a fast rolling but robust XC race tire, they come in a healthy 2.25″ width for 29ers only. A 27.5″ may follow, but considering the intentions, 29er was the place to start.

Center knobs are low and well ramped for minimal rolling resistance, but with flatter trailing edges for better braking. It gets their dual compound rubber, and the dust shows exactly where it transitions. The softer, grabbier rubber on the side knobs held on to Sea Otter’s notorious dust much better, shown here as the lighter color.

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The Onza Svelt 29er XC race tire was teased at Taipei, we spotted them racing at Sea Otter and got a little more detail. Designed as a fast rolling but robust XC race tire, they come in a healthy 2.25″ width for 29ers only. A 27.5″ may follow, but considering the intentions, 29er was the […]

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Juliana hits the trail 29er spectrum with new Ultraviolet Joplin

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Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-23

As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain bikers of the world and while the bike uses the same frame as the all new Tallboy, it does get a few modifications to make it “women’s specific”…

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As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain […]

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Third generation Santa Cruz Tallboy grows slightly longer legs, ability to run fatter tires

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Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-2

For many, including those at Santa Cruz, the Tallboy has been a revelation in big wheel form. The first generation was introduced at a time when 29ers were still a hot topic of debate and it just happened to be the first 29er from Santa Cruz – a 4″ travel VPP carbon stunner. Needless to say that in spite of the company’s wariness of big wheels, the bike was a hit thanks to geometry that didn’t suck and the touch of VPP suspension. That first gen 29er was eventually followed up by more 29ers including the Tallboy LT/LTc long travel version, and most recently the Tallboy 2.

Now with the Tallboy LT gone from the Santa Cruz website and replaced with the new Hightower, the Tallboy sees another update. Growing into a bit more of a modern trail bike with big wheels, the gen 3 Tallboy adds new geometry, enhanced suspension, and yes… the ability to run 27.5+ wheels and tires…

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For many, including those at Santa Cruz, the Tallboy has been a revelation in big wheel form. The first generation was introduced at a time when 29ers were still a hot topic of debate and it just happened to be the first 29er from Santa Cruz – a 4″ travel VPP carbon stunner. Needless to […]

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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 […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic10 Comments

Zirbel Velocity Racer twist shifting to control Di2, EPS, or even eTap electronic shifts

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS, and even SRAM’s wireless eTap drivetrains. Then on top of that, each single twist shifter also has the ability to control both front and rear derailleurs with its multi-directional movement. Check out videos of how it works and more after the break…

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano […]

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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 […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic11 Comments

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 […]

Posted in Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Sea Otter Classic8 Comments