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Video: Getting Back to the Trails on an Adaptive MTB in 'Beyond the Reach'

Nov 2, 2020 at 9:58
by jeremy levin  
Views: 8,747    Faves: 40    Comments: 0

In may not seem like much today, but the athletic moves and tricks of snowboarding and mountain biking in the early 90's were breaking ground on a daily basis. New rotations not seen before were added to snowboarding moves, and ski-like lines and cliffs were being navigated by skinny-tired, front-suspension-only bikes. Both sports were brand new and the pioneers were going bigger, faster, steeper - each day in the mountains or on the ski-hill, someone else pushed through another limit and they had no idea where it would stop.

At a snowboarding big air contest, athlete Christian Bagg found out where he would stop. A wrong landing broke his spine and his progression with mountain biking and snowboarding as he knew it was over.

Confined to a wheelchair, Christian still had the drive to get out and explore the backcountry. After years of development and experimentation, he developed the Reach adaptive mountain bike. Not only did this allow him to get to areas a regular wheelchair couldn't but he realized his invention allowed others in his position to join their family's on hikes, to see the outdoors, and to ride with friends. This inspired Christian to create Bowhead Corp and develop the Reach on a bigger scale.

And now that the bike is perfected, this has allowed Christian to get out onto the trails and push himself with his own riding - and get those same pioneering thrills he got way back in the mid 90's.

From Beyond the Reach

bigquotesThe Reach evolved from this thing with a cross-country sit-ski bolted to the front of it, to this super professional, three-wheeled, electric motor, articulation, best bike parts on the planet. We built a mountain bike.Christian Bagg

Written and Directed by Jeremy Levin
Additional Cinematography: Paul Watt
Byron Kopman
Carlos Fetherstonhaugh
Carlo Wein
Sound: Keith White

For more information on the Reach -


  • 104 2
 well, every time bowhead article pops up i simply have to do that:

i've been paralyzed for 6 years and riding mtb handbike for 4 years, but this bike i have is slowly giving up and not nearly as capable as bowhead

i'd be more than grateful if you consider donating to my fundraiser, i need this bike to continue pushing and progressing, can't state enough how much that means to me

  • 9 0
 Yes man ! Your fundraising needs a push !
  • 6 0
 Hey man! Hope you reach your goal!
  • 4 0
 @darok: @microfiz: thx guys!
  • 10 0
 OK let's put our money where our upvotes are! I just did ( I know it is very bad taste to publicise you have done a donation. I am sorry, I just want more people to help. it takes to minutes and just do not buy that box of doughnuts you were thinking of for today’s coffee, donate the money instead. Your body will thank you and so will do this MTBer pal in need. )
  • 4 0
 I just donated. As enjuto says, lets get this guy on a bike. As a community we can all spare a little cash to make it happen.
  • 5 0
 @bombdabass: @enjuto: i always struggle asking for help but you guys warm my heart

we are at 25% currently and i start believing again that this stupid dream might be possible 3
  • 4 0
 @nikifor88 I hope you reach you're goal. I too have an SCI and the bowhead reach looks like the answer to my dreams of re-joining my buddies on the trails and be able to hit the same terrain as they do. Best of luck and keep doing what your doing.
  • 2 0
 @froman82: exactly, its about joining buddies on trails, i mean we ride together but there are just ffing three green trails in poland that are accessible for my current bike and i feel like im dragging them down even if thats not true. on bowhead every trail is accessible and possibilities almost endless

good luck to you too, man
  • 3 0
 Hey Nik In the mean time we have a Reach available for rental with Kootenay Adaptive, get in touch any time and good luck!!!
  • 1 0
 just donated, good luck on your goal
  • 1 0
 @froman82: Not sure if you're connected with Highfives Foundation, they might be able to help out. The assist motor has really hit maturity on a pile of Adaptive bikes in the last few years, so it's a whole new ballgame for mountain access now.
  • 2 0
 @adaptivemike: unfortunately I''m not in Canada
  • 2 0
 @npinder2002: bowhead told me tese fundations do not work in EU, also they are short on money this year I heard
  • 1 2
 i want, and i will contribute, but i have a legitimate question: does Gofundme do some sort of checkup to prevent scams or is it on a trust basis? I don't mean to be cynical, but genuinely curious about the scam risk on Gofundme. On another note, i saw your gofundme page and have no doubt about it's credibility. Good luck on your project, i really hope you get the chance to ride that nice Reach bike! cheers
  • 2 0
 @nikifor88: Ah ok. Thats unfortunate. Ideally that will change in the future, hopefully this kind of content will raise more awareness and interest.
  • 2 0
 @enjuto: I don't think it's a bad thing to say that you donated...not at this scale.
It's important to show other people that we care and not just talk about for me it's just the right thing you did!
Amazing how little it takes to get this going again ;-)
I want to see Nikifor riding on this bike soon!
Thanks to all for supporting him.
  • 2 0
 @darok: As a Niki's good friend i can tell you he is keeping huge progress on handbike and the best thing you can do is just shere this fundraising to your biking friends and family. Let help him to get this thing!

He is a real shredder! I can't wait to make a lap in bikepark with Niki on a brand new bowhead bike
  • 2 0
 @polok: That was my impression when I made my donation a few month ago. After reading his story it was totally clear for me that I have to support him.
And obviously he has some awesome friends too!

Ever thought about posting his story on a german website like ?
  • 3 0
 Awww, I am so impressed by Pinkbike community. Guys, you're awesome!
  • 4 0
 @darok: Yes I did, but no answer... I tried vital, enduromag, bikemag, etc.

We have tried to get attention on polish bike sites but they just said 'no'. What a shame, i think they don't even ride bikes Whip
  • 1 0
 @polok: that is very sad to read...
  • 1 0
 @polok: Very disappointing!
  • 2 0
 @darok: @enjuto: its really hard to make a fundraiser work if you are nobody, but we don't give up Smile
  • 1 0
 @nikifor88: I'm afraid you're right. But we get you on that thing!
  • 17 0
 Inspiring in every way! Great video.

What if there were a running Gofundme account the entire industry supported for paralyzed riders to get one of these bikes? They could just sign up and as the fund hits the price of the bike, the next in line gets one...or something.

I’d certainly contribute to that.
  • 17 0
 well, you can support one particular rider Smile
  • 3 0
 @nikifor88: thanks for the link!
  • 2 0
 @jeremiahwas: thx for any support!
  • 16 0
 Finally, an E-bike I can fully encourage!
  • 4 1
 Agreed, I just hope trail managers understand the difference between an adaptive bike which utilizes a motor and an e-bike/e-motorbike that would otherwise exclude from the trails.
  • 1 0
 @dodgerpuppy: lol, thats ironic.
  • 1 0
 @dodgerpuppy: they do not. That part needs a lot of work.
  • 1 0
 @246peeps: what is ironic about it?
  • 7 0
 This is an exception to the ebike filter I can get behind.
  • 3 12
flag blowmyfuse (Nov 8, 2020 at 19:29) (Below Threshold)
 go cart
  • 5 0
 This warmed my cold heart.
  • 1 0
 Much respect man, on both persevering in the practice of your sport, and creating such a nice piece of engineering that will bring so much joy and good times to people who could not otherwise explore nature and wild places in this adventurous way. cheers and thanks for your contribution!!
  • 4 0
 Trully amazing and admirable
  • 7 2
 What a fucking CHAD!!
  • 4 0
  • 2 0
 Wow, I'm so impressed. I love what can be achieved when your heart's set on it, yep amazing ????
  • 2 0
 Beautiful video and such an inspiring design! Godspeed!
  • 1 0
 this bike is great for all- affected people or not. I would ride it big time, more than my kenevo
  • 2 0
 Such a sick vid guys! Wicked job!!! So psyched right now!
  • 1 0
 Impressive engineering and design, looks fun. That staircase ride at the beginning brought back some memories.
  • 2 1
 Build it and they will come.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 F*ck yeah keep sending it guys! \m/
  • 1 0
 So cool! Thank you for sharing!
  • 1 0
 absolutely amazing well done!
  • 2 2
 TIG welding 4130 tubes? Welcome to the club!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Great video. Donated.

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