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Thread: My new Tailwind power assist

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    Corporate Conspiracy?

    It appears that the Tailwind is no more.

    The power assist component had its origins in the DeltaGlide, which J&J bought the rights to and sold as the Independence Technology iGlide along with the iBot.

    They then sold the rights to NextMobility who improved the programming of the power assist unit and mated it to their RTm rigid frame (which was originally supposed to be produced by bicycle manufacturer Cannondale) and marketed it as the Tailwind. I tried a Tailwind at RESNA two years ago and it was noticeably easier to control the the iGlide.

    I heard that when Miller Technical Services acquired NextMobility, J&J refused to license the rights to the new company. Both the RTm and the Tailwind have disapperared from the site. The OmegaTrac is still there, but we all know how responsive they have been with forestranger52.

    Now the really intriguing part, Cervelo (another bicycle manufacturer) appears to have outsourced production of the Marvel to none other than Miller Technical Services.

    How do I know? Look at the phone numbers...

    MTS..................................1 (734) 738-1970
    "Marvel Wheelchairs, Inc"......1 (734) 738-1971

    Coincidence?
    I think not!

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR View Post
    It appears that the Tailwind is no more.
    That's what I thought but this thread was started today?
    Too bad because it's sounds like great chair. There's just not much available in the way of power assist and or hybrid manual/powerchairs for mid to low level quads.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by pattherat View Post
    That's what I thought but this thread was started today?
    Too bad because it's sounds like great chair. There's just not much available in the way of power assist and or hybrid manual/powerchairs for mid to low level quads.
    I agree. Its either extenders or emotions

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by pattherat View Post
    That's what I thought but this thread was started today?
    Too bad because it's sounds like great chair. There's just not much available in the way of power assist and or hybrid manual/powerchairs for mid to low level quads.
    I bought it back in April/May and it was imported from the US. Wasn't aware there had been legal issues since. Just checked the website of the British company which imported it and it's still there. I'll email them.

    http://www.cyclonemobility.com/wheel...0tailwind.html
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  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR View Post
    Now the really intriguing part, Cervelo (another bicycle manufacturer) appears to have outsourced production of the Marvel to none other than Miller Technical Services.
    yup. it's pretty sad.

    but when you effectively kick the entire crew (that has ALL the experience w/ designing and building the chairs) out of the company... *shrug*

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    Sweet! It also looks so cool compared to the typical ones I've seen.

    If I lived in the city, I'd definitely do power assist.

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    Good luck contacting MTS/ NM. I have never seen anything like it. It's like they don't want to sell any chairs.

    The little I could get out of them is, they hired some company in Texas to handle their marketing representatives. Even though a supposedly insider, called them for me a couple weeks ago, I still haven't received a call from any rep.

    I even telephoned MTS management, quasi separate medical division, warned them of terrible customer service and impossible sales representation.

    One person in so called management called me and promised me some help.

    Yeah right. When I called the number back I got the damn phone answerer again, which always leads to nowhere.
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  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by pattherat View Post
    There's just not much available in the way of power assist and or hybrid manual/powerchairs for mid to low level quads.
    Actually I am meeting with the blueprint guy Monday to put my hybrid design on paper, then on to the CAD designer. To the untrained eye it looks just like a regular manual chair. The hubs are modeled after my sprint car wheels. Its also an aluminum frame with Ti parts.

    Pat, I still hope to get your power attachment soon.
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    Nice ride rehab. Sharp chair & good to see the power assists evolving.

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    Figures, the time comes that I can get a new chair and this happens. I looked at the Tailwinds last year and was impressed over the old iglide I tried out.
    John-B

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