St. Louis TiLite Wheelchair Dealer

When selecting an ultralight wheelchair, there are important choices regarding key features of the chair. These choices will influence the performance, fit, look, and feel of the chair. Because each person is unique, these choices matter and TiLite offers the widest range of choices available. Below is an overview of these key features to help you and your clinician or assistive technology provider make the right choices for you.

Frame Type 

Rigid frame chairs are the lightest and highest performing chairs because they are constructed from the fewest possible components and have the fewest moving parts. Folding frame chairs have frames that fold from side-to-side in order to drastically decrease their width. Many TiLite users prefer folding chairs for the ease of transportation that a compact, folded frame provides. Both offer varying levels of adjustability.

Frame Style

Dual-Tube frames employ a unique frame geometry that minimizes flex in the frame. The less a frame flexes, the more efficiently the frame transfers energy from your push stroke into the forward motion of the chair.  Mono-Tube frames or, as we know them at TiLite, Z-Style frames employ the simplicity of a single tube as its main frame. This geometry improves transportability by making it easy to place the frame on the seat of a car.  Box Frame designs are efficient in function and manufacturing. This is a more standard wheelchair design (it’s been around the longest) and also the most cost-effective.

Frame Material

Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal on earth. Titanium also absorbs vibration creating a smoother ride. These properties make titanium an ideal material for ultralight, high performance chairs.  Aluminum is a widely available, manufacturing-friendly material that has high strength and lightweight properties which make it a good fit for wheelchair frame production. Aluminum frames have a stiffer, more rigid ride. Aluminum is also typically less costly, allowing for more flexible pricing.

TiFit

TiFit is a unique fitting process that allows you and your clinician or assistive technology provider to completely define the fit of your chair, creating a wheeled prosthetic. The difference between a TiFit chair and all other chairs is that a TiFit chair is tailored specifically to you: Every frame is made to measure. No tube is cut, bent, or welded until our skilled fabricators have a full-scale drawing of your chair based on your exact measurements. The optimal, prosthetic-like fit of a TiFit chair brings unparalleled performance and function.

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