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Aaron Baker’s mountain trike by Reactive Adaptations

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Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Reactive Adaptations

Full article and many more photos appear HERE!

Story by Tyler Benedict – Photos by 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.

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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.

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

Complete build specs are:

Rear Tire: 45NRTH Dunderbeist 26 x 4.6″ Fatbike Tire 120tpi Tubeless Folding
Front Tires: 45NRTH Flowbeist 26 x 4.6″ Fatbike Tire 120tpi
Rims: Surly Clownshoe rear rim, Surly Marge Lite front Rims
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion Black
Front Hubs: DMR 20mm front hubs
Rear Hub: Hope 190mm
Shock: Rock Shock RL air shock
Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm front wave rotors, 160mm rear wave rotor
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36tooth
Main Crankset: Race Face Evolve
Shifter/Derailluer: Shimano XT
Seating: ADI Active Countour Seat Back, ReActive Adaptations custom carbon fiber seat pan
Powder Coating: Prismatic Kingsport Grey and Misty Midnight by Monument Powder Coating

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As a Red Bull Wings For Life Ambassador, Aaron is helping raise money and awareness for spinal cord injury research and cure. The Wings For Life World Run will be held on May 8th in Santa Clarita, CA, as well as in 33 other locations around the world at exactly the same time.

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Full article and many more photos appear HERE!

To visit Reactive Adaptations, click HERE.


2 responses

  1. I’m always impressed by what individuals will come up with to keep themselves going.

    May 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm

  2. armadillozack

    As a spinal injury patient myself, and once being told that I may never walk again, I too am a survivor… It always makes me feel good to hear someone say that they have been told that they would not walk again, and then walk, because there is no feeling worse then hearing that you will not be able to do the things that you have always done, and is a big part of your life, and then go and prove them wrong… I was told not to try to walk because I could hurt myself worse then I have been, well how worse could I get then not be able to walk any more, So I did what they told me not to do, and I do not regret it, as I am able to walk with cane assistance, but I walk, and I ride my Q-4 fat cat quad, and still love my life, and it is people like him who are an inspiration to us all, and I applaud his heroic return to biking, and his rallying aid to the spinal injury study, and cure foundation…! Keep on trekking brother….!
    Armadillo Zack

    May 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm