At A Glance
Weight: 45 pounds
Cost: $2,995 – $5,495
Self propelled: yes
Grit 10 Cabot Road Suite 103
Medford, MA 02155
GRIT Freedom Wheelchair
The Grit Freedom wheelchair was engineered at MIT. Rather than placing your hands on the wheels of the chair and pushing the operator uses levers that attach to a chain drive to propel themselves. Not only does this method of propulsion keep your hands clean during off-road adventures it’s also a better way to push.
These levers are about twice as efficient as pushing directly on the wheels allowing you to conquer more difficult terrain, and travel farther without before becoming tired. Depending on where you grip the levers you can maximize your effort for torque or high speed. Grip them up high for hill climbing torque or down low for higher speeds.
Riders can steer the Grit Freedom wheelchair by pushing harder on one drive train than the other. Pushing hard on the right lever will steer you left.
If you need to turn sharp to the left pulling back on the left lever to give some friction to the left wheel while continuing to push on the right lever will allow you to make a quick left turn.
Grit is manufactured from easy to find bicycle parts, if your chair ever breaks down or needs a replacement doohickey your local bike shop should be able to help you get back on the road.
The Grit Freedom Wheelchair can also be disassembled in less than one minute and fit into the trunk of a small car.
GRIT comes in 3 different flavors. 3.0, Spartan, and Pro. All 3 levels have the name basic design. See the chart below for the differences in each chair.
Cost – GRIT is less expensive than it’s direct competitors.
Independence – If you want to explore dirt roads and don’t want to be pushed by someone else this could be the right chair for you.
Storage – Can quickly be disassembled for storage or transportation.
Stability – According to some reviewers Grit Freedom Chair can be unstable at high speeds or over large bumps.
Strength – You need to have good upper body strength, and core strength to operate this chair.
Suspension – Lack of suspension will make for a bumpy ride.
Who it’s for
The GRIT Freedom Wheelchair is best for independent, athletic wheelchair users who want to explore dirt roads and trails under their own power.
Moutain Trike – Also a 3 wheeled lever propelled off road wheelchair. The moutain Trike is more expensive, but if you are interested in the GRIT Freedom wheelchair you should at least take a look at the Mountain Trike.