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Rigid Frame Ultralight Wheelchairs
Rigid frame ultralight wheelchairs feature minimal, non-folding frames that are specifically designed to be as efficient to propel as possible, making them especially suited to full-time, active wheelchair users. Furthermore, rigid frame wheelchairs are typically entirely custom built to the user’s specifications, resulting in a wheelchair that fits the user exceptionally well, again enhancing performance.
Because rigid frames do not fold, they are often thought of as less transportable than folding frames. While this observation is somewhat true, it’s not entirely accurate, namely due to the fact that rigid frame wheelchairs disassemble into very compact packages. However, transportability is enhanced by a minimal frame design (commonly called a monotube or Z-frame), as well as a folding backrest option. Still, a rigid frame wheelchair is typically not as easy to stow in an automobile trunk or behind a front seat as a folding frame.
When ordering a rigid frame ultralight wheelchair, many dimensions are commonly required, including seat width, seat depth, front seat height, rear seat height, backrest height, backrest angle, legrest length, legrest taper angle, front frame angle, and footplate width. For this reason, it’s especially important to know exactly what you require in the wheelchair, double-check the specifications, and contact a sales representative with any questions (because some rigid frame ultralight wheelchairs have little or no adjustability, it’s vital to order correctly).
Characteristics of a rigid frame ultralight:
Exceptionally easy and efficient to propel
Highly tailored to your dimensions and specifications
Tapered frame options allow the wheelchair to contour to your body for a sleek aesthetic
A vast array of high-performance wheels, casters, and components
Very light weight, 14 lbs. to 29 lbs., based on model and configuration
Minimalist frames and folding backrest styles facilitate transportability
Choice of up to 25 frame colors and finishes, based on model
Lifetime frame warranty
A rigid frame ultralight may be best for you if you need:
Most efficient propulsion
Maximum customization and tailoring
A wheelchair that’s extremely lightweight
A rigid frame ultralight may not be best for you if you need:
A folding wheelchair
An adaptable wheelchair for changing needs
By Mark E. Smith