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Consumer Preference for Wheelchair Wheels

By Thorman, Tricia; Cooper, Rory, PhD; Fitzgerald, Shirley, PhD; Proceedings of the RESNA 25th International Conference, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 312-314
Publication Date: June/July 2002

Study to determine the preferences of manual wheelchair users regarding commercially available wheels, including X-Core, OX High Density Carbon Fiber, Spider, and Spinergy wheels. Ten participants who use manual wheelchairs were recruited for the study. Seven of the participants used Medicare K005 Ultralightweight Wheelchairs, and three used depot-style manual wheelchairs. Six participants used steel-spiked wheels, while seven used composite MAG wheels. One participant used X-Core wheels. The wheels were evaluated on a scale of one to ten based on whether they liked or disliked the wheels. Four characteristics were analyzed: (1) appearance, (2) durability, (3) ease of removal, and (4) ride comfort. The results indicated that the participants preferred the non-standard wheels, and that they tended to make selections based on aesthetic appearance.

Assistive Products Discussed: X-CORE 3
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)   (Website:

ISBN: 00-932101-44-5
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14554

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