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Finding the right all terrain, off-road wheelchair for you

28th January 2020

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Finding the right all terrain, off-road wheelchair for you

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, but have limited mobility and need the use of a wheelchair, finding the right mobility equipment for your need can be challenging - but find the right equipment and it can vastly improve your quality of life. Being able to access the outdoors can help you continue to do the things you enjoy - great for socialising or to regain your independence.

The Mountain Trike Company offer a range of all terrain wheelchairs - generally these are purchased as secondary wheelchairs to be used alongside regular day chairs or customers are looking to purchase an outdoor wheelchair to assist them with access to the outdoors, to allow for more independent travel.

The Mountain Trike Company currently have four all terrain wheelchair models as part of their range - below details the differences to help decipher which might be right for you.

The Mountain Trike, lever drive, all terrain wheelchair: the flagship wheelchair and original model that the company started with. Launched in 2011 - this model has had several modifications over the years - mostly to do with improved technology and materials. The unique lever drive system allows the user to independently propel, steer and apply the hydraulic brakes whilst maintaining clean, dry hands in all weathers. Steering is applied by turning a joystick located on one of the drive levers and each drive lever independently propels one of the main wheels. A third wheel at the rear of the chair offers stability, hydraulic brakes give all weather control and 3 independent shock absorbers offer comfort and safety over rough and uneven ground.

If you are in the market for a manual off-road wheelchair this is a strong contender with little competition for performance and looks.

Mountain Trike all terrain wheelchair
Mountain Trike - lever drive all terrain wheelchair

The MT Push, attendant (buddy), all terrain wheelchair: Launched in 2015, the MT Push provides the same off road performance to that of the Mountain Trike, however, it doesn’t have the lever drive system, but an adjustable push handle located behind the user, which is where the steering and braking takes place by the riders buddy.

This is perfect for users who would struggle to self-propel but still want to access the outdoors with friends and family - traveling over uneven terrain in comfort and safety. The MT Push has been designed specifically with both the Rider and the Pusher in mind and has the ability to be pushed over a variety of terrain with ease.

MT Push attendant all terrain wheelchair
MT Push, attendant (buddy), all terrain wheelchair

The MT Evo, all terrain wheelchair adapted for users with limited hand function: Launched in 2015, the MT Evo has been designed using simpler controls. The brake handle has a simple pivoting handle to operate the disc brakes, it is recommended use with a gripping aid, the system then requires no finger function to operate. The unique direct steering means the rider can steer and drive the Trike with only one arm by pivoting left or right. An ergonomic loop gives a great easy to use method to drive engagement.

Developed working closely with tetraplegics the adaptations make the MT Evo a good outdoor wheelchair choice if you have little or no finger function and want to self-propel.

MT Evo all terrain wheelchair
MT Evo, all terrain wheelchair adapted for users with limited hand function

The eTrike, electric power assist all terrain wheelchair: Launched in 2019, suitable for a wide range of users - think Mountain Trike but with electric - it is pretty unique and offers flexible riding as you can combine manual power with electric assist when you might need it.

Perfect for users who might like some assistance to travel off road or active users who want to go further, faster or tackle more challenging terrain.

eTrike - electric power assist
eTrike, electric power assist all terrain wheelchair

This is a comprehensive breakdown of the off road wheelchair choices from The Mountain Trike Company. All products come with free UK delivery and a 3 year warranty, 0% finance schemes are also available for UK customers.

There are many options to try the products and to receive a full demonstration to help assess product suitability. Also, all products are modular, so if your circumstances do change there are affordable ways to update the Trike without having to buy an alternative product ie: convert the MT Push to the Mountain Trike by adding the lever drive system or convert the Mountain Trike to the eTrike by adding the eKit.

Contact Mountain Trike for further information and for further product descriptions.

Mountain Trike all terrain wheelchair range
Mountain Trike all terrain wheelchair product range

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