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    Tilite TR vs ZR

    Hi there

    Since my powered w/c had some problems(and need to be fixed) I'm using a manual w/c and finally, I'm decided to have a better one.

    My first question is : when is about TiLite w/c why do you prefer ZR and not TR. Which is the main difference and make you to choose ZR. From the technical details i've seen that ZR is weighted than TR.

    ps: many thx sci_otr, fiente, McDuff, Hipe62, Stefano, Totol1, north_quad, chirZ and all for valuables replays. I've learned a lot from your posts.
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    #2
    First: you're welcome. That's why we post, for others to learn, as well as ourselves.

    I think there are two reasons why ZR over TR:

    1. functional - for people who collapse chairs to get in cars, the ZR with the missing lower tubing, makes it easier to maneuver in tight spaces.

    2. Aesthetics - for people like me, I drive a van so have no need to collapse a chair, the looks of a chair makes the difference. I like the look of the cantilever frame better, just less "stuff".

    As always though, you must make the final choice. They are both good chairs.
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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      #3
      But the ZR only weight a bit more.
      The only reason that i`m going to order the ZR is because i like it more and because i can seat it in my car in the seat next to me, i don`t know how explain it so i put a pic

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        #4
        hello cypresss

        in order of importance:

        1 - ZR is easier than TR to get in cars and trunks.
        2 - aesthetics

        looking at the draw made by totoL1, this is the exact way that I put my chair in the rear seat cars. I just need release the wheels, in some cases I don't fold the back rest.

        the wheight is not "so" important for me, bacause I'm not able to mount/dismount my chair to put in the car trunk.

        TR chair has more resistance, the boxed frame is good for very active people who practice sports eventually or ride on the streets/sidewalks for long distances.

        Think about a good set of wheels and tires and casters.

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          #5
          I have a titantium TR

          It's the best chair I've had in 32 years. You can read the reviews at spokeaid. It's an A+ chair. Everyone has different tastes or needs. I'm a c7-c8 inc. and drive a van.


          TR kicks A$$. jmho
          Lynarrd Skynyrd Lives

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            #6
            Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
            It's the best chair I've had in 32 years. You can read the reviews at spokeaid.
            I assume you mean www.sportaid.com? Where are reviews posted on their site?
            C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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              #7
              zr, especially if u drive a car.
              Bike-on.com rep
              John@bike-on.com
              c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
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                #8
                The differences between the current versions of the two chairs are slight. I prefer the frame rigidity and superior rolling characteristics of the TR. I also find the lower tube is no impediment to loading the TR or resting the frame in the front (as in post #3) or rear seat.

                I like the look of the smaller diameter tubing.
                Foolish

                "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

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                  #9
                  i have a trc, and agree with foolish above - the tr also looks and feels smaller. less chair visible, and it seems to roll easier with less flex.

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                    #10
                    Brianm, I know that you can see reviews of chairs on www.SpinLife.com. Just click on a particular chair and see where to go to read the reviews.

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                      #11
                      Thanks Lynne, there are some here too... http://www.usatechguide.org/reviews.php
                      C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Foolish Old View Post
                        The differences between the current versions of the two chairs are slight. I prefer the frame rigidity and superior rolling characteristics of the TR. I also find the lower tube is no impediment to loading the TR or resting the frame in the front (as in post #3) or rear seat.

                        I like the look of the smaller diameter tubing.
                        I use a ZRc but I don't doubt that the TRc offers a "better" ride because greater rigidity translates into a more efficient push. The sales rep at Spinlife who assisted me with my purchase (4 years ago) owned both models. Overall, I believe he was partial to his ZR primarily because the greater frame flex, otherwise a disadvantage, absorbed vibrations better and therefore was less apt to trigger his leg spasticity.

                        I prefer the ZR because, comparatively, there's "less" chair and I find the larger (1.25") diameter tubing more ergonomic -- it's easier to get a good grip on the larger tubing for transfers.

                        FWIW, at the past few trade shows I've noticed that the TiLite reps who are also wheelchair users all use a TR (e.g, Marty Ball, Alan Ludovici, Bill Lehr).
                        stephen@bike-on.com

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                          FWIW, at the past few trade shows I've noticed that the TiLite reps who are also wheelchair users all use a TR (e.g, Marty Ball, Alan Ludovici, Bill Lehr).
                          This is a great observation.
                          I assume that they all are para with good hand functions, and ofcorse they are driving cars.

                          Why do they use TR? ZR is a newer technology AFIK.
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                            #14
                            I use a TR, I have a severe dislike for cantilever style frames after regularly being dumped out my quickie Ti. The TR has a lot less flex in the frame and feels much for stable, for me at least!
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Trinity View Post
                              I use a TR, I have a severe dislike for cantilever style frames after regularly being dumped out my quickie Ti. The TR has a lot less flex in the frame and feels much for stable, for me at least!
                              The flex you felt could have been the Quickie Ti. I was dumped out of it many times because the tubing is only 1 inch thick, causing the extreme flex in the frame. The ZR and the Quickie Ti are like night and day. I feel much more secure in a ZR and because the tubing is thicker, it does not flex as much and there is more to hold on to for transfers, etc.
                              "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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