Cambry had spent most of her adult life tied to a wheelchair since she’s paralyzed. Her caring boyfriend Zack Nelson wanted her to feel the rush of adrenaline even if just sat in her wheelchair. So, together they decided to fix up 2 electric bikes with a seat in the middle. This off-road wheelchair gave Cambry new-found freedom. Her arms would not get sore like before, and she could now travel across various terrains.
After a year the couple got married, and now they are mass-producing the off-road wheelchair named “Not-a-Wheelchair”. They have been working on the original idea and made the product far better than the first prototype.
The couple understands how difficult it is for people like Cambry who are attached to a wheelchair for most of their lives. Even if they look for other alternatives, they are either too costly or too slow. Zack admits how it took them a lot of time to find quality components to build a cheap enough off-road wheelchair without the prices going sky high.
“Not-a-Wheelchair” or as Cambry calls it, The Rig, is used when the duo wants to explore the outdoors. One of the best qualities is that the off-road wheelchair is rather quiet, so the couple or any other traveler can easily talk while they travel or hike. The Nelsons have taken the off-road wheelchair to Hawaii twice already. They ship it out with a freight company before they leave.
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The US has around 2.7 million wheelchair users currently, and the numbers are growing. This fully electric wheelchair should be taken as a bike, reminds Zack. It is not a fine-tuned medical device and comes with the issues that are common in bikes.
Still one can go at speeds of nearly 12m/h, and with on battery, you can travel between 10 and 20 miles. But the range depends on the weight of the rider, the terrain they are in, and also the weight of the cargo. The cargo can be put at the back of the seat where you can carry camping or picnic items.
The off-road wheelchair is made of an aluminum frame with 4-inch tires and a detachable bumper. Altogether the off-road wheelchair comes up to 5 feet 32 inches. The base model of the off-road wheelchair comes at the price of $3750 with one battery and no suspension.