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    Come Visit Topolino at Abilities Expo May 20-22

    Looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone at the NY/NJ Abilities Expo next weekend! Come out and see the new Topolino wheels, in black and RED!

    Abilities Expo
    Booth 524
    May 20-22
    NJ Convention & Expo Center
    Last edited by Jim; 05-12-2011 at 01:08 PM.

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    Be sure to have an assortment of different length quick release axles available.

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    Stephen212, Is there anything in particular you need or are looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topolino Joe View Post
    Stephen212, Is there anything in particular you need or are looking for?
    Assuming there's an opportunity to try out a set of your wheels (559s, BTW), it would be necessary to make sure that I could fit them on my chair.

    Fair assumption?

    What's the hub width of the Topolino?

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    We are happy to have you try out our wheels at the Abilities Expo! We'll have an assortment at the show and will try to include a 559 set as well.

    Our wheels take a standard 1/2" axle, so we are able to use your existing axle from your chair. Our actual hub width is 2.9", but the internal bearing spacing can vary between the standard 1.9" and 2.3", to fit any axle. This also means a slightly narrower overall width (versus 3.1" or 3.2" for Spinergy), depending on your axle and receiver configuration.

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    will be there! See you then!
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    Don't want to hijack but Dr Young is speaking at the Expo, 2pm Saturday.

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    That's great to hear! Our Founder and Head Engineer Rafe Schlanger will be presenting as well, on Saturday:

    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Reinventing the Wheelchair Wheel
    Rafe Schlanger, President & Founder, Topolino Technology
    Ever wonder what goes into the development of your wheelchair wheels? One of the experts in wheel development joins us to share an overview of wheels and how they are built - particularly wheelchair wheels. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from an industry insider about upcoming product developments and the ways that lower weight wheels will benefit the wheelchair user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topolino Joe View Post
    Head Engineer Rafe Schlanger will be presenting as well, on Saturday: Reinventing the Wheelchair Wheel
    don't take this the wrong way, but isn't replacing a 1-piece solid hub with a 3-piece bonded one with non-replaceable spokes a step backward? Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know much about your wheels.

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    Excellent question! Our wheels are actually made from two composite halves, with the spokes bonded as part of the complete half. This actually reduces the number of separate parts, and makes for an incredibly strong and smooth riding wheel. You don't have multiple separate spokes hooked or fastened into the hub, straining the hub (see attached link for more info). Our spokes actually form part of the hub, running through and supporting it to form the composite half of the wheel. This design, unique to the industry, is what saves weight, while adding to the strength of the entire wheel. It's also the same design and materials we've been using in our cycling wheels, which have been raced on some of the toughest courses in the world!

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