Over the course of the year our technicians discover which products resonate the most with clients and this year they created a list of our most popular products for Manual Wheelchairs. These products are extremely effective, they promote quality of life and are really cool. We want to share with you what is trending right now so you could put together your 2016 wheelchair wish list (I know I have). In no particular order here are our top products:
Manual Wheelchair Tires
The Marathon has become the absolute benchmark for puncture-resistant pneumatic tires on wheelchairs. A portion of the SmartGuard protection belt is made of recycled natural rubber. The “anti-aging” sidewall construction can withstand typical overloading caused by low inflation pressure for much longer.
RightRun offers effective puncture protection layer, hand-friendly 2Grip side walls, and attractive two color look. It also offers a robust Black’n Roll tread center compound that is non-marking.
Making the impossible, possible! The first folding tire developed exclusively for wheelchairs. It satisfies and combines the requirements of handbikers, indoor sportsmen and everyday users: Ultralight at just 190 g including a highly effective puncture protection layer. The black rubber compound will not leave unsightly marks and so is suitable also for indoor use. Silver sidewalls give it appealing good looks.
Used by Aaron Fotheringham at his spectacular stunt shows where he performs backflips off jumps in his wheelchair. With 30 mm the Airborne is wider and more comfortable than regular wheelchair tires. The additional comfort is not only for a backflip landing. Low weight and low rolling resistance give momentum for rolling in general. In addition, the V-Guard provides excellent puncture protection.
Especially designed for the active, fast moving athlete with a smooth center tread for faster speed and water directing grooves for wet conditions.
An excellent all-purpose road tire and sports tire. Giving you great acceleration and cornering characteristics.
Perfect for the fast moving athlete; offering you speed, agility and great cornering characteristics.
The indoor specialist: Exceptionally nimble and easy running. The center tread is asymmetrically designed to match the wheel camber angle of indoor wheelchairs.
The Kenda Nevegal is the optimal tire for an assortment of ever-changing terrain. It is highly adaptable and excels under various conditions, from loose rock, tall grass, muddy roots, single track and high speed descents, and many more.
An all-rounder with grip and comfort. With a puncture protection layer and hand friendly 2Grip side walls.
Manual Wheelchair Wheels
Topolino Carbon Core
Born from advanced composite construction and continuous carbon fiber spokes. These amazingly light wheels also have excellent stiffness – to achieve a new level of responsiveness, ease, and control.
The LX offers improved under-chair hand access with only 12 spokes. New spoke design is extremely durable. It has very quiet rolling wheels (no spoke creaking) with an ultra-lightweight and attractive design. Minimal maintenance required and great colour options.
Extremely reliable wheel; comfortable for your everyday needs. The Spinergy Spox has very quiet rolling wheels (no spoke creaking) with an ultra-lightweight and attractive design. Minimal maintenance required.
Full carbon fiber wheel rim and pewter PBO bladed spokes make for the lightest possible wheel with the best performance.
Golz TWIN-STAR Exchange Wheelchair Wheels by Out-Front combine the use of thermoplastic fibers with a double spoke design that maximizes durability. This is the power of the TWIN-STAR's revolutionary spoke technology. The TWIN-STAR Exchange Everyday Wheel by Out-Front can provide you with a superior ride that improves performance with enhanced strength.
Standard Spoke Wheels:
The Shadow™ by Out-Front takes the standard spoke/wire wheel to new heights. In fact, there is nothing standard about the Shadow at all. This is a lighter, more durable, higher performing, and sleeker looking wheel than any other "standard on-chair" wheel. They utilize a single hollow section rim (just like high-end wheelchair wheels) for greater hoop strength. Spokes are straight and have a gauge (14 gauge, 2.0mm) commonly used for quality bicycle wheels for proven durability. The entire wheel is finished in matte black for a stealth, understated look that goes well with any color wheelchair frame. Weighs 1.674 pounds (one 24" wheel).
Manual Wheelchair Castors
EPIC 3-Spoke ultra-light aluminum wheels feature a custom made billet 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum hub that is machine lathed for perfect balance. The highly resilient solid urethane tread will not go flat and is designed to minimize energy loss and absorb vibration. Arched tread design ensures the contact surface is spherical to improve pivot ability. The extra width better distributes downward pressure allowing the wheel to maintain higher flotation and does not sink into carpet, gravel, etc. Designed for those who want the ultimate smooth ride.
Manual Wheelchair Handrims
The Natural-Fit has a contoured thumb piece and an oval component that together create an optimal ergonomic grip. Size and coating options allow for better customization.
The Surge is an all-in-one, single component handrim with a Gription Strip, a rubber strip that goes all the way around the top surface of the oval for increased friction while leaving the side surface smooth for braking.
The AGX series hand-rims are designed for everyday use. The AGX are comparable, in thickness, to other coated hand rims, however that is where the comparisons end. The "ACTIVE GRIP" technology actually performs better under working conditions. The unmatched grip actually gets tackier while being pushed. The AGX is one of the most controllable hand-rims on the market. No more wasted energy trying to hang on to your hand-rims.
Manual Wheelchair Forks
Frog Legs Uni-Tine Caster forks were developed as an option for low-profile wheelchairs where the traditional shock absorbing fork is too tall. The single prong is located on the inside, making it less likely to catch on debris and turn the wheel sideways. It is less likely to scratch items such as cabinets, doorframes, or furniture. Makes cleaning and removing super easy. Get that hair out of your axles. Ideal for carpet and outdoor surfaces.
Imagine being able to roll right over brickwork, cobblestones, broken sidewalks, or door jams. Imagine being able to relax, conserve energy and ride in more comfort and safety. Frog Legs Ultra Sport Shock Absorbing caster forks eliminate 76% of all shock and provide the front casters the ability to lift back, up and over obstacles to minimize pitching.
The Pro Sport Specialized Suspension Caster Fork was initially developed for Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham to perfect his radical freestyle chairskating antics. The Pro Sport Shock Absorber has a similar design as Frog Legs’ traditional everyday shock featuring a “hinge” encapsulating an energy-absorbing polyurethane cylinder.
A more robust version of our standard Ultra Sport Shock Absorber, with the strength and proportion to handle power chair and tilt-in-space applications. This powerhouse fork will absorb nearly 80% of shock and improve your wheelchair's traction by keeping the drive wheels in better contact with the ground. The Big Rig provides over 3" of travel to allow the wheel to lift back, up and over obstacles to prevent pitching.
The Glide is the only suspension caster fork that absorbs impact forces from both vertical and horizontal directions because its suspension element is angled to match the angle of the impact forces. This maximizes the effectiveness of the suspension element and its ability to minimize vibration transferred to the user.
Active Skin Protection:
The JAY® Fusion™ is an adjustable cushion designed for skin protection that features JAY Flow™ Fluid or ROHO DRY FLOATATION® air insert options in a package that's comfortable, stable and supportive.
Designed for the client with complex needs. Helps with extreme postural needs and helps prevent skin breakdown.
The Stimulite® Contoured Cushion* offers optimal positioning for paraplegics and quadriplegics.
Wheelchair Back Supports
Ergonomically designed for proper posture, our seating system eases the strain on the low back during long active days in a chair, by more equally distributing forces through the pelvic base of support. And good support naturally results in less pain.
Experience the benefits of the CF Series Back Support; an ultra-lightweight seatback designed for active individuals in lightweight wheelchairs who realize the importance of proper seating, while demanding the lightest and strongest components available.
ADI AL Series Back Supports are designed to give as much or as little trunk support needed through two different contours.
From the active to the elderly, the new Jay J3 Back for wheelchairs feature the most versatile hardware package, flexible positioning system, and all-in-one package. Adding to wheelchair comfort as well as improved wheelchair positioning, the Jay 3 Back is an ideal addition to any wheelchair.
Manual Wheelchair Accessories
The SmartDrive is a revolutionary new power assist device that will change your life. It can power you up steep hills and through thick carpet. It is intuitive to use, just push to go and tap then brake to stop, it's that simple. It will go for miles on a single charge. Turn on and get out there!
The SmartDrive is surprisingly powerful. You can cruise up the steepest ramps and sidewalks. Even a thick padded hotel carpet is no problem. The SmartDrive has an anti-rollback feature that allows you to stop on a hill and then easily get going again.
Whether you have a rigid frame or a FOLDING wheelchair, the FreeWheel is your ticket to Freedom, Independence, and increased Mobility. With the FreeWheel your wheelchair casters are lifted off the ground, turning your chair into a 3-wheeler, so you simply roll over any obstacle: curbs, dirt trails, grass, gravel, snow, and sand. No more wasting energy and slowing down to pop a wheelie. The FreeWheel comes with all you need to set it up on your chair. The initial installation takes approximately 15 min., after that the FreeWheel clamps on in seconds.
The Firefly is an electric handcycle that snaps on to your wheelchair. Go twice as fast and twice as far as a power wheelchair! All the controls are within easy reach:
5 power levels selected through the display, speedometer and odometer, battery level indicator, reverse switch (red), two brake handles with parking brake capability, and motorcycle-style throttle. The Firefly™ is powered by a powerful, compact, and quiet brushless electric hub motor. Sealed and maintenance free, it will give years of reliable service.
For use with Rigid and Folding Wheelchairs. Securely attaches with convenient Velcro hook and loop to bottom horizontal and rear vertical frame tubing. Forms a net shelf under the Wheelchair seat, plus includes a pouch to keep those important items close at hand. A great way to utilize wasted space.
Researching these products has been really fun and informative. This list is by no means exhaustive, as there are so many awesome products on the market for wheelchair users. We would love to hear from you on which products you love. If you want to know more please contact Wheelin’ Mobility for more information of these products, quotes and more.
*Stimulite is a registered trademark of Supracor, Inc.