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How to find the right all-terrain wheelchair for you

If you’re a lover of the outdoors but have limited mobility so need the use of a wheelchair, finding the right mobility equipment can be challenging. Once you do, it can vastly improve your quality of life. With that in mind, Mountain Trike talks you through its all-terrain wheelchair range to help you decide what might be right for you.

Being able to access the outdoors is incredibly important, for everyone. It can help you continue to get out and about and is great for socialising and regaining or maintaining independence.

Here at the Mountain Trike Company, we offer a range of all-terrain wheelchairs. Generally, these are purchased as secondary wheelchairs alongside regular day chairs to help someone to access the outdoors.

We currently have four all-terrain wheelchair models. Below, we’ve highlighted the differences to help decipher which might be right for you.

The Mountain Trike, lever-drive all-terrain wheelchair, £4,495

Mountain Trike all-terrain wheelchair

This is our flagship wheelchair and original model. Launched in 2011, this wheelchair 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.

You can steer it by turning a joystick located on one of the drive levers. Each drive lever independently propels one of the main wheels.

A third wheel at the rear of the chair offers stability, while hydraulic brakes give all-weather control. Lastly, three 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.

Key features

  • Lever drive system: set up on the left or right side.
  • Direct steering: able to steer and drive with one hand.
  • Hydraulic brakes: all-weather SRAM disc brakes.
  • Air suspension: Rock Shox Monarch R for a smooth comfortable ride.
  • Footrest is adjustable and foldable.
  • Bespoke items and accessories available, such as longer frame, push handle and multi-rack.
  • Folds to a cube for easy transport.
  • Weighs 20kg.
  • Any colour choice.

The MT Push, attendant (buddy) all-terrain wheelchair, £3,495

Mountain Trike Push all-terrain wheelchair

Launched in 2015, the MT Push provides the same off-road performance to that of the Mountain Trike but doesn’t have the lever drive system.

Instead, it has an adjustable push handle located behind the user, enabling someone else to steer and brake the wheelchair.

This chair is perfect for users who would struggle to self-propel themselves but still want to access the outdoors with friends and family, travelling over uneven terrain in comfort and safety.

Key features

  • Push handle: two large wheels make it easy to push.
  • Direct steering: controlled from the push handle.
  • Hydraulic brakes: all-weather SRAM disc brakes, controlled from the push handle.
  • Air suspension: Rock Shox Monarch R for a smooth comfortable ride.
  • Footrest is adjustable and foldable.
  • Armrests are adjustable and removable.
  • Side guards in wipe-clean fabric.
  • Bespoke items and accessories available, such as seating, longer frame and headrest.
  • Folds to a cube for easy transport.
  • Weighs 20kg.
  • Any colour choice.

The MT Evo, all-terrain wheelchair for users with limited hand function £4,695

Mountain Trike Evo all-terrain wheelchair

Also launched in 2015, the MT Evo has been designed with simpler controls for people with limited dexterity.

Rather than requiring someone to grip to apply the brake, on the Evo it works by pivoting and can be used with a gripping aid. This means that the system requires no finger function to operate it.

In addition, the unique direct steering means that the rider can steer and drive the trike with only one arm by pivoting left or right. Finally, an ergonomic loop makes it easy to drive the chair.

Developed by 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.

Key features

  • Lever drive system: set up on the left or right side.
  • Brake handle: pivot handle operates the brake with a gripping aid.
  • Direct steering: able to steer and drive with one hand by pivoting left or right.
  • Drive engagement: ergonomic loops provide easy-to-use method.
  • Hydraulic brakes: all-weather SRAM disc brakes, used with gripping aid.
  • Air suspension: Rock Shox Monarch R for a smooth comfortable ride.
  • Footrest is adjustable and foldable.
  • Bespoke items and accessories available, such as taller seat back, headrest and multi-rack.
  • Folds to a cube for easy transport.
  • Weighs 20kg.
  • Any colour choice.

The eTrike, electric power-assist all-terrain wheelchair, £6,795

Mountain Trike eTrike all-terrain wheelchair

Launched this year, the eTrike is suitable for a wide range of users. Think Mountain Trike but with electric power. It is pretty unique as you can combine manual power with electric assist when you might need it, making it truly flexible.

Perfect for users who might like some assistance to travel off-road, either from the beginning or once they get tired, or active users who want to go further, faster or tackle more challenging terrain.

Key features

  • Lever drive system: set up on the left or right side.
  • Throttle: twist-grip or thumb lever.
  • Motor/battery power assist: 250W, 36V Hub Motor with five power settings.
  • Speed: maximum of 8mph.
  • Battery: 12.8Ah, 36V lithium Ion.
  • Display: LCD screen with speed, distance and power settings.
  • Direct steering: able to steer and drive with one hand.
  • Hydraulic brakes: all-weather SRAM disc brakes.
  • Air suspension: Rock Shox Monarch R for a smooth comfortable ride.
  • Footrest is adjustable and foldable.
  • Bespoke items and accessories available, such as taller seat back, headrest and multi-rack.
  • Folds to a cube for easy transport.
  • Weighs 25kg.
  • Any colour choice.

Hopefully, this gives you a comprehensive breakdown of the off-road wheelchair choices from the Mountain Trike company. 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 it without having to buy an alternative product. For example, you can convert the MT Push to the Mountain Trike by adding the lever drive system or convert the Mountain Trike to the eTrike by adding our eKit.

All products come with free UK delivery and a three-year warranty, 0% finance schemes are also available for UK customers.

Visit the Mountain Trike website for more information on the products and ways to try them out.

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