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Weldless designs, safety upgrades key trends in manual wheelchairs segment

More companies are shifting from steel toward aluminum alloy for lighter weight.


  • Weldless frames: Wheelchairs with ready-made bent pipes that do not require welding are growing in number. These look better and are firmer and easier to use.
  • Aluminum alloy: More companies are turning to this material instead of steel for its lighter weight yet greater visual appeal. Some makers offer units in aircraft aluminum alloy.
  • Design trends: Many releases are fordable and have detachable armrests for easy storage and transport. Bright colors are increasingly adopted. Sports-use wheelchairs are likewise starting to pick up speed.
  • Suspension & brake upgrades: Suppliers complement frame enhancements with improvements on the suspension and brake. Some have released models with suspension for both the front and rear wheels, and disc brake.

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