After Spinal Cord Injury, MTB Legend Returns Aboard Ripping Modified E-Bike

Ride every day, ‘The Bass Way,’ with Paul Basagoitia in this short series.

Six years ago, Paul Basagoitia was a household name in freeride mountain biking. He rode in Crankworx, Red Bull Rampage — really anywhere with extreme trails.

In 2015, a T12 spinal cord injury halted his career. Basagoitia’s story was documented in HBO’s Any One of Us film, what Ride Concepts called “an unprecedented glimpse into the world of spinal cord injuries.” But, that isn’t the only story Basagoitia has to tell.

“Any perspective in my life, the bike has always been there to save me,” he said. Now, improvements in his physical abilities and the rise of e-bike technology mean that Basagoitia has found a new way to ride.

Adaptive trike biker and e-bike mountain bike riders descending a trail
Adaptive and e-bike mountain bike riders descending a trail.

“The Bass Way chronicles the next segment in Paul’s journey, capturing the new-found joy that e-bikes and a second chance have provided,” wrote Ride Concepts. “Ride Every Way” will be a multipart series.

Watch the trailer now.

Josie Fouts straddling her bike, pointing towards route on horizon
Leading the Pack: Adaptive Athlete Pedals Mountain Biking Toward Paralympics
Josie Fouts loves to mountain bike. And she's good at it. Problem is, her sport isn't recognized by the Paralympics. This year, she's changing that. Read more…

serial 1 mosh chopper ebike
Single-Run Chopper E-Bike to Go Once, Twice, and Be Sold at Auction
The juicy MOSH/CHOPPER is the first entry in the brand's new auction promo, featuring totally one-of-a-kind e-bikes. Bid on this beauty today. Read more…

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

Topics: ,