CONDOR is a carbon fiber sports wheelchair inspired from skateboards

The sports wheelchair that we are going to talk about in the article is termed as Condor Marathon’s Wheelchair and is it’s a concept designed by Juan Gill with the help of experts in this field. The final product had been manufactured after doing quite a bit research in the field. The research conducted in Argentina demonstrated that maximum people avoided sport wheelchairs or used secondhand wheelchairs because of their expensive prices. Therefore an effort has been done to craft a comfortable and new chair for users who cannot afford high priced wheelchairs.

condor wheelchair

The idea clicked the designer while riding a skateboard and he decided to use plywood, a tough and sturdy material, for the design of the wheelchair. Not only is plywood flexible, durable and inexpensive but also an existing technology in Argentina. The main focus of the design was on frame and wheels because these are the most important parts of a wheelchair. Plywood strengthened with carbon fiber or fiberglass was used to impart strength to the frame that made it as strong as aluminum frame and that too at a very less price.

To avoid direct contact of wood with aluminum rubber barriers were placed between them. Another important feature about this wheelchair is that user can customize the adjustment accordingly by modifying tension mechanism attached to the cable. It helps to harden or soften the flow of the ride. The designer used bicycle’s wheels and modified them a bit to fix bearing at the center of the wheels. The handrims designed by Gill and his colleague Facundo Elias were basically designed for another project but successfully fitted to the Condor’s wheels. The handrims have been attached directly to the rim instead of spokes so as to avoid strain on the spokes.

condor wheelchair

Though the wheelchair is in a concept stage yet it promises to show a new level of security and confidence among sportspersons in the near future keeping in mind money as well as time.

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

condor wheelchair

Thanks Juan Gill

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