It must weigh less than 30 pounds – that’s 13.6 kgs in metrics. However, many are considerably lower than this and can be as light as 6 or 7 kgs.
Both lightweight and ultra-lightweight wheelchairs can feature aluminum frames. Aluminum is a considerably lighter weight metal, especially when compared to steel. Some ultra-lightweight models feature titanium frames. Although titanium weighs a lot less than other metals, it also tends to command a higher price point.
The low weight allows the user to transport their wheelchair easily and creates less impact on the shoulder for every push of the wheels. It also makes it easier to load into cars or use on public transport. By being light it makes it easier to go more places and allow the user to live a more active daily life.
As these wheelchairs are designed to be used by a more active user, they are manufactured to meet the specific needs, specifications and preferences of the person using the wheelchair. Each one is generally built as a custom wheelchair for the individual user.
As we are all different shapes and sizes, ultra-lightweight wheelchairs can easily be manufactured to provide the comfort, support and specific features individuals need.
Generally speaking, a rigid frame (one that does not fold up) transfers more of the user's energy into the forward motion than a folding wheelchair does. Another benefit of choosing a rigid frame model over a folding frame wheelchair is that rigid frames tend to provide a smoother ride. Since they don’t fold down, there are fewer moving parts, which means there’s less jostling on the road.
The primary advantage of a folding chair, however, is portability. Fixed frame wheelchairs can also become pretty compact too, as they generally have “quick release” wheels as a standard option and once removed can really reduce the transport size and weight of the wheelchair.
Suspension makes for a considerably smoother ride which can be a real saviour for wheelchair users who suffer from chronic pain. The trade-off in ride quality is with weight (shocks add a kilo or two) and price (higher).
There are also lots of options for wheels and tyres, including innovations for performance, off-road traction and high style. Where and how you are going to be using the wheelchair will impact what will work best for you. It also depends on your ability to push your wheelchair. One popular option is the Spinergy wheel. These wheels are a high performance line of wheelchair rims that are lightweight and also stay true to their shape.
Allied Medical will handle all new warranty claims from 16 October 2018, with the support of the team at Ki Mobility.
Yes, spare parts for all Ki Mobility products are available through Allied Medical. To help us find the right parts please make sure you let us know the wheelchair’s serial number.