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    What other major/niche manual wheelchair companies are there?

    I'm going to be in the market for a new wheelchair soon, and I've been using a Ti-lite manual chair for years, but I want to get a frame that's more tailored to me. What other companies are out there besides the big ones (Quickie, Invacare, Colours, etc)? Does anyone build a custom chair frame to customer's specs?

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    Check out MikeBox. He's the originator of Colours, which he sold off and now does custom wheelchair builds.
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    I use a Top End (Invacare) Crossfire, they offer as much custom build as I need. I like a tapered seat - 18" in rear, 16" at front plus a very tapered footrest, around 11" between tubes at footrest (as I recall). I have very long thighs from hips to knees so I also get a 20" deep seat (extra cost option). I believe the dump options offered are wide as well. My current chair as configured is the most stable I have had and I have used E&J, Quadra, Eagle, Kuschall, TiLite, etc.

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    I'd suggest that you look at an Icon ( It is almost infinitely adjustable, and the base price just went down to about $2600. There are a number of threads on this forum about the Icon. I'm making the move from a TiLite ZRa to an Icon.
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    Glad you're going for it Donno!!
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    Me too!!!!!….

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    You might also want to consider RGK and Oracing.
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