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    Are spinergy wheels really worth the extra money for them. I got the standard wheel set on my new tilite aero z and i was thinking about getting an extra set of wheels but wasn't sure how much difference there is in a standard set of wheels compared to the spinergy.

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    Originally posted by elizabeth422 View Post
    Are spinergy wheels really worth the extra money for them. I got the standard wheel set on my new tilite aero z and i was thinking about getting an extra set of wheels but wasn't sure how much difference there is in a standard set of wheels compared to the spinergy.
    I'm sitting here on a pair of Spinergy LX's that I bought used over 10 years ago from a generous CC member. So I am a fan. I do have two sets and alternate because of the tires I have on each set of rims and what I am using the wheels for. I am not as active as when I was a young buck but they still get a good workout and hold up well for me.

    There is a lot of new technology out there but these have turned out to work very well for me. Durable and have maintained their integrity / tightness.

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      #3
      I know people that own or have used them that are getting away from them. One is a C5 quad that swears up and down that he can feel the difference between a metal-spoked wheel and the "sloppiness" of the 12-spoked LX's.
      The forgiveness factor of flexible spokes is why I was drawn to them, but probably more so as a new injury they seemed "cooler". Now, as a user of a box frame chair with a "catch-all" carrying net under my chair, I find it far easier to reach through the wheel from the side to grab things I keep down there (cath pack). I don't think I could go away from a 12-spoked wheel because of that habit. There is another option with less flex - Round Betty Dino's.

      It's a personal choice, but I imagine most people buy Spinergy's simply for their look.

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        #4
        I run spinergy xlace, big difference compared to regular lx. my d's don't even bounce with these.
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          #5
          I'm rolling on a set of Sun Fusion 16 wheels (similar to the Spinergy X-lace wheel). Priced w/Out Front the Natural Fit hand rims (w/super grip) and set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus Evolution tires for less than the cost of the Spinergy LX or X-lace wheels alone. Heck, if you shop around you could probably add new axles as well. Not that Synergy wheels aren't worth the price. I decided to go with the Sun Fusions after online dealers prices went from the mid 500 to over 800 for a set (maybe, a call might result in a lower price-maybe). Unrelated-I Luckily received the Marathon Plus Evo HS 348 instead of the newer HS 440. Both are great tires but I prefer the older tread pattern (I just think they roll better). Also, you can always customize the wheels with paint, Platidip or spoke wraps to change their color (easier to do with metal spokes). I find the advice of members of the forum is a great resource and a helpful tool to help with your extra set of wheels but if you can try before you buy, that's the only way to know what will be the right for you. Good luck.

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            #6
            Thank you for all the responses. I wish I could try out before I buy but due to wear I live that isn't possible. What do the Sun Fusions look like?

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              https://www.suncomponents.com/?page_id=56

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                  pic attached (source link):
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                  Chas
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                  Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
                  I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

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                    #10
                    Thanks chasmengr, I tried earlier to post a link and picture but was told that my reply needed to be approved by mod before posting. Is there a faster process or am I missing something?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by BriHiFi View Post
                      Thanks chasmengr, I tried earlier to post a link and picture but was told that my reply needed to be approved by mod before posting. Is there a faster process or am I missing something?
                      I'm not sure, but you have very few posts compared to me. In the past this site has had many spam&troll problems; I can imagine members with minimal posts have their posts reviewed to ensure their legitimacy.
                      Chas
                      TiLite TR3
                      Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
                      I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

                      "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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                      UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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                        #12
                        Is there a magic number I need to hit? Maybe a mod can message me with a reply explaining the perameters on posting pics /links and what I need to do (and why they never got around to post it). At the very least let me know if I did something wrong or improperly. Who would have thought a handicap forum to make you feel more handicapped. Just making a little humor out out this. I get the reasoning. Thank for your reply, it's much appreciated.

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                          #13
                          I am a t4, since I can't see anyone's level of injury anymore... So for me the weight difference isn't what it entails, it's about the number of spokes-chance of breaking fingers. I have big hands, live in the mountains and have always pushed more by hands atop the tire and gripping through the spokes than using the handrims. I bought a chair from ebay that had spinergy spox(18 spokes) years ago and love them. So much so, that I have to add a bearing to maintain the spacing between the frame and wheel on the chair I use now. I had another chair that I had to use TWO bearings to maintain spacing. This caused a lot of problems with bearings running away getting in and out of my vehicle until I put a stringer of spares in the ashtray. The other set of el-cheapo eleventy seven spokes per wheel got relegated to the spare parts bin. I can't tell you HOW many times I broke/injured my fingers until I got the set of spox. Matter of fact, this thread just got me to looking at ebay for another set...now I know why I bought a smaller than needed chair then. Folks get chairs/parts for free from insurance, then turn right around and sell them at HIGH prices to POOR gimps that can only dream about them. Sad bunch of 'people'. I also saw a dealer that is making a slew of high end manual and power chairs available for 1/10th of what they cost new. Some of which, if it had been available when I first got injured, I would have been able to either reenter the workforce OR better yet, have been able to build/sell mobility equipment at prices we can afford. I'll post the link in another thread, sorry about the rant here. Moral of the story, the FEWER spokes the safer the rim, light weight aside.

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                            #14
                            Thanks mods, pic and link posted.

                            Elizabeth, I just did a current price comparison with this result as follows:

                            Spinergy LX w/ free hand rims, basic everyday tire and tubes = $805.50

                            Sun Fusion 16 (25") w/ free tubes and anodized hand rims
                            Out Front - The Natural Fit w/ super grip and mounting hardware (on sale)
                            Schwalbe Marathon Plus Evolution tires (pair)
                            pair of big black button stainless steel axles
                            pair of extra tubes (25" w/ shrader valves)
                            pair of Froglegs aluminum epic soft roll casters (5"x1.4")
                            Spinergy wheelchair wheel bag (really nice w/ room to store everything) = $750.50 (at the time of this post)
                            That's a $55 difference. Note - Sizes above are for example and the price will be different for other sizes.

                            For just an extra set of wheels, this is an excellent value for a great set of good looking performance wheels.
                            I know the importance of have a extra set of wheels. While on a trip with my family, upon arriving at our hotel, my wife went to pump my tires and when releasing the pump from the valve the tire started to release all the air from the base of the valve stem. At this point, you can imagine the panic and stress this cause the whole family. This was my first flat and needing the wheelchair full time, we learned a valuable lesson. Luckily, a quick google map search directed us to a nearby bike shop and within 20 minutes, all was right again. Needless to say, the search for spare wheels began before our trip ended. I like the Spinery LX and X-Laced wheels (having tried them). They were my first choice but having done a bit of research (nightly at the hotel), I couldn't justify the price for all that you get over the Spinergy wheels. But for a spare set, it was a no brainier. They're now my primary wheels and the TiLite Shadows are my spares. Hope this helps you further.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by CapnGimp View Post
                              I am a t4, since I can't see anyone's level of injury anymore... So for me the weight difference isn't what it entails, it's about the number of spokes-chance of breaking fingers. I have big hands, live in the mountains and have always pushed more by hands atop the tire and gripping through the spokes than using the handrims. I bought a chair from ebay that had spinergy spox(18 spokes) years ago and love them. So much so, that I have to add a bearing to maintain the spacing between the frame and wheel on the chair I use now. I had another chair that I had to use TWO bearings to maintain spacing. This caused a lot of problems with bearings running away getting in and out of my vehicle until I put a stringer of spares in the ashtray. The other set of el-cheapo eleventy seven spokes per wheel got relegated to the spare parts bin. I can't tell you HOW many times I broke/injured my fingers until I got the set of spox. Matter of fact, this thread just got me to looking at ebay for another set...now I know why I bought a smaller than needed chair then. Folks get chairs/parts for free from insurance, then turn right around and sell them at HIGH prices to POOR gimps that can only dream about them. Sad bunch of 'people'. I also saw a dealer that is making a slew of high end manual and power chairs available for 1/10th of what they cost new. Some of which, if it had been available when I first got injured, I would have been able to either reenter the workforce OR better yet, have been able to build/sell mobility equipment at prices we can afford. I'll post the link in another thread, sorry about the rant here. Moral of the story, the FEWER spokes the safer the rim, light weight aside.
                              I get wheelchairs through insurance...."free"....my monthly premiums aren't exactly free.

                              As for the original poster's question, I have used Spinergy LXs on 3 of my last 4 chairs and Topolino's on the other. It is hard to say if they are worth it for each person. I personally like them over the basic rims, dino's, and the other Spinergy wheels. I prefer Topolino's over the LXs though. I switch between 2 wheelchairs daily and you can feel the difference between the 2. One isn't exactly better than the other, its preference.

                              If you really are just looking at backup wheels, I would just get a cheaper set of wheels or look around on ebay for a used set of LXs to try out (if you buy used and don't like them, you can pretty much resell them and not lose money).

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