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.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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