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Knee lever brake system with standard brake lever
Knee lever brake with standard brake lever (closed)
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Brake levershort, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • Yes.
  • Brake lever is then aligned with frame, regardless of brake being open or closed, for easy sideways transfer.
Suitability
  • For every active wheelchair user.
  • Depending on hand function restriction usable in a limited way.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Under certain circumstances to be used with limited finger function.
Features
  • Brake lever also possible flared or cropped for optimum grip.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
  • Brake lever is aligned with the frame when brake is closed.

Brake open: yes
  • If brake is open, the brake lever is not aligned with the frame and stands out.
Brake lever availability
good
Knee lever brake system with long brake lever
Knee lever brake with long brake lever (closed)
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Brake leverlong, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • No.
Suitability
  • If, due to the disability, the standard brake lever cannot be used.
  • Shorter arms.
  • Children.
  • Reduced arm power.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Can be used without finger function using ball of thumb.
Features
  • Good reachability, even if user has shorter arms, e.g. children.
  • Makes handling easier for users with reduced arm power (long lever).
  • Brake lever also possible flared or cropped for optimum grip.
  • Possible with grip ball, can thus also be handled with limited gripping function.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: yes
Brake open: yes

  • Brake lever is not aligned with the frame, regardless of brake being open or closed.
Brake lever availability
excellent
Knee lever brake with knurled screws, detachable/slidable
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Brake levershort, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • Yes.
  • Brake lever is then aligned with frame, regardless of brake being open or closed, for easy sideways transfer.
Suitability
  • For spare drive wheels the brake can quickly be slid to the right position after exchange of the drive wheels.
  • For sports use of an everyday wheelchair the brake can be detached in just a few steps and re-attached after the sport.
  • When using the wheelchair in combination with the wheelbase extension and adaptation, the brake can be pushed into the correct position quickly.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Good finger function should be available.
Features
  • Slightly loosen the knurled screws to slide the brake along the brake rail.
  • For sliding there are two options:
    • Free choice of brake position.
    • Selectable brake position predefined via stop.
  • Can be detached in just a few steps via knurled screws without tools.
  • Brake lever also possible flared or cropped for optimum grip.
  • Brake lever also available in a long version. Features see ”Long brake lever”.
  • Knurled screws stick out over the frame side edge.
  • Not possible with flip-down brake lever.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
  • If the brake is closed, the brake lever is aligned with the frame.

Brake open: yes
  • If brake is open, the brake lever is not aligned with the frame and stands out.
Brake lever availability
good
Knee lever brake system with flip-down brake lever
Knee lever brake system with flip-down brake lever (closed, flipped down)
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Brake leverlong, flip-down
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • No.
Suitability
  • If, due to the disability, the standard brake lever cannot be used but easy sideways transfer is desired.
  • Shorter arms.
  • Children.
  • Reduced arm power.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • To be used if finger function is impaired or possibly even if it is non-existent.
Features
  • Very good reachability (length 9 cm), even if user has shorter arms, e.g. children.
  • Makes handling easier for users with reduced arm power (long lever).
  • Note: risk of fingers getting trapped in flip-down function.
  • Getting in and out of the chair using a slide board could be problematic.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
Brake open: no

  • Brake lever is aligned with the frame, regardless of brake being open or closed.
Brake lever availability
good
Integrated handbrake
Integrated handbrake Speedy 4you EVO
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Brake levershort
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Suitability
  • If pivot bolt of standard knee lever brake is in the way.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • To be used if finger function is impaired or possibly even if it is non-existent.
Notes
  • Attachment feasibility of this brake must be checked individually for each wheelchair!
Features
  • Pivot bolt is swung away from the drive wheel when the brake is opened.
    • No risk of fingers getting trapped between pivot bolt and drive wheel tyre if the users touches the tyre surface to push the chair forward.
  • The brake is mounted under the frame and barely visible.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
Brake open: no

  • Brake lever is not in the way for sideways transfer, regardless of brake being open or closed.
Brake lever availability
good
Pivot-arm brake
Pivot-arm brake (closed)
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Brake levershort
Brake lever positionlower frame tube
Suitability
  • For wheelchairs with large frame retraction (SPEEDY F2, Speedy 4you, Traveler 4you) and where mounting a standard knee lever brake is not possible.
  • If pivot bolt of standard knee lever brake is in the way.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Finger function should be available. User should be able to lean sideways out of the wheelchair.
Notes
  • Attachment feasibility of this brake must be checked individually for each wheelchair!
Features
  • Pivot bolt is further down and swung away from the drive wheel when the brake is opened.
    • No risk of fingers getting trapped between pivot bolt and drive wheel tyre if the users touches the tyre surface to push the chair forward.
  • Lower handling position, thus decreased reachability of brake lever.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
Brake open: no

  • Brake lever is not in the way for sideways transfer, regardless of brake being open or closed.
Brake lever availability
below average
Knee lever brake with brake operation integrated in the clothing guard (Litty)
Knee lever brake with brake operation integrated in the clothing guard (Litty, closed)
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Brake levershort, with grip ball
Brake lever positionintegrated in the clothing guard
Suitability
  • For children, also with reduced arm power.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Can be used without finger function using ball of thumb.
Notes
  • Serial production only possible for LITTY. Other wheelchair models upon request.
Features
  • Brake lever is within a child's gripping reach, thus also operable with short arms.
  • Makes handling easier for children with reduced arm power.
  • Pivot bolt is further down.
    • No risk of fingers getting trapped between pivot bolt and drive wheel tyre.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
-
Brake lever availability
outstanding
Knee lever brake with cable pull operation
Knee lever brake with cable pull operation (Speedy F2, closed)
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Brake levershort, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Suitability
  • For wheelchairs with large frame retraction (SPEEDY F2, Speedy 4you, Traveler 4you) and where mounting a standard knee lever brake is not possible.
  • If pivot bolt of standard knee lever brake is in the way.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Under certain circumstances to be used with limited finger function.
Notes
  • Attachment feasibility of this brake must be checked individually for each wheelchair!
Features
  • Brake lever is within one's gripping reach, thus also operable with short arms.
  • Pivot bolt is further down.
    • No risk of fingers getting trapped between pivot bolt and drive wheel tyre.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
Brake open: no

  • Brake lever is not in the way for sideways transfer, regardless of brake being open or closed.
Brake lever availability
good
Knee lever brake with single-hand operation
Knee lever brake with single-hand operation (operating side, closed), flared brake lever
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Brake levershort, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • No.
Suitability
  • For single-handers.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • To be used if finger function is impaired or possibly even if it is non-existent. Can be operated with one hand.
Features
  • Braking control for both drive wheels possible from one side.
  • Brake lever also possible flared or cropped for optimum grip.
  • Brake lever also available in a long version. Features see ”Long brake lever”.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
  • The brake lever is aligned with the frame when brake is closed.

Brake open: yes
  • If brake is open, the brake lever is not aligned with the frame and stands out.
Brake lever availability
good
Knee lever brake for accompanying persons
Operation attached to the push handels with height adjustment
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Brake levershort, rubber coating
Brake lever positionupper frame tube
Deep mounting possibility
  • No.
Suitability
  • E.g. for children for locking the wheelchair to ensure that the child cannot just release the brake and take off.
Suitability for tetraplegics
  • Possible brake for wheelchair users dependent on accompanying person (very limited arm and finger function).
Features
  • Handling options:
    • Can only be handled by accompanying person from behind.
    • Can be handled by accompanying person from behind and by wheelchair user.
  • If accompanying person handles it, push handle operation is possible via Bowden cable.
  • Brake lever for the wheelchair user also possible flared for optimum grip.
  • Brake lever for the wheelchair user also available in a long version. Features see ”Long brake lever”.
  • Brake can only be opened from where it was closed.
Obstruction during sideways transfer
Brake closed: no
  • Brake lever is aligned with the frame when brake is closed.

Brake open: yes
  • If brake is open, the brake lever is not aligned with the frame and stands out.
Brake lever availability
good
 
Many more brakes and custom-made models available upon request.
 
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