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Fitting

  • Do loopwheels fit any wheelchair?

    Loopwheels fit ALMOST any MANUAL wheelchair. Loopwheels are not made for power chairs - those wheels are generally much much smaller!We make loopwheels in the standard wheelchair sizes of 24" and 25" diameter (ETRTO 25-540mm and 25-559mm), and with standard ½ inch and 12mm bearings. That covers some 95% of manual wheelchairs in the world today. (That's a guesstimate - but we do mean the VAST majority).We don't make a 26" diameter loopwheel yet. Few people have these big wheels, but if you're very tall, you may have them. We're sorry we don't yet have a loopwheel for you.We don't yet make a loopwheel that is compatible with a one-handed drive. Again, we're really sorry that we can't yet produce a loopwheel that works for you.You can't use a loopwheel on chair that has a fixed curved fender or sideguard that comes over the top of the wheels and is not adjustable, as the wheels will hit this when the suspension kicks in. To fit loopwheels, you would need to adjust the guard to allow at least 3cm space between the fender and the wheel.If you've had a special adaptation to your wheelchair so there are extra fixtures sticking out on the side of your chair, you may need to have that fitting taken off to enable a loopwheel to move freely and fit your chair.But loopwheels have standard fittings and use standard quick release axles, so they are interchangeable with most wheels on most manual wheelchairs made by the major manufacturers e.g. Sunrise Medical, Invacare, Ottobock, Ki Mobility, Karma . . . etc etc.Do contact us or your local stockist for further advice if you feel doubtful about your chair.
  • Push/hand rim: what's the difference between Surge and Surge LT?

    We only fit Surge LT to loopwheels.Both the Surge and the Surge LT are the same all-in-one oval handrim with the Gription Strip on the top of the oval. The difference between the two is the size and weight of the oval. The Surge uses a larger profile oval that is 1 1/2" long (top to bottom) and weighs 24 ounces. The Surge LT uses a reduced weight, smaller profile oval for those looking for a reduction in weight or a smaller gripping surface. The LT is 1 1/8" long and weighs just 17 ounces - just a little more than a standard handrim (standard handrims typically weigh 13-15 ounces).For more information, visit the website Outfront

General

  • Is there a minimum and maximum weight limit?

    Yes. Each product we've developed (loopwheel for wheelchair, loopwheel for bikes, loopwheel for trikes) has been optimised for different weights and applications.The maximum weight covered by the warranty is shown on the product page of the item (under "technical specifications").The more you weigh, the more you will feel the benefit of loopwheels suspension. If you weigh less than 50kg (about 7st 12lb), you may not feel as much benefit, because the springs are optimised for average and heavier adult weights.We don't currently have a loopwheel designed specifically for children or adults who weigh less than 50kg (about 7st 12lb). (Stick with us . . . it may come!)
  • Can I fit solid tyres to my loopwheels?

    It is possible to fit solid tyres to loopwheels. However, solid tyres are much harder to push than pneumatic tyres (on any kind of wheel) and so we don't recommend them as a first choice. Solid tyres have a very high "rolling resistance" - which basically means, they're hard work pushing!We recommend that you use a good quality pneumatic tyre like Schwalbe Marathon Plus, and keep your tyres well-inflated for the best performance, comfort and ease of movement.
  • Can I change the colour of my loopwheels?

    Loopwheels are available in a range of fab colours as well as black. Sadly, it's not possible to change the colour of your loops once the wheels are built, as the loops are an integral part of the complete product and are not changeable.If you're not sure about colour, why not choose black wheels? These come with a choice of 8 logo colours (the "loopwheels.com" vinyl sticker) and you can update the colour of the logos on your loops at a later date. We can supply you with a new colour of logo to replace your old ones if you decide to go for a fresh look or change your chair, for a very small price.
  • Is the suspension on loopwheels adjustable?

    It's not possible to change the amount of suspension on your loopwheels.Each loopwheel we've developed has been optimised for its specific application and for a certain weight.  For example, our original front 20inch bike loopwheel was much softer than the rear bike wheel, as most weight of the rider is carried at the rear of the bike. People tend to want a lot more suspension on a bike than they do in wheelchair wheels. So our wheelchair wheels are stiffer than our original bike wheels.Our wheelchair wheels are optimised to carry more than 50kg and less than 120kg. In the future we may be able to make loopwheels for children and lightweight adults. At the moment, people weighing 50kg or less may not feel as much benefit from our wheelchair loopwheels as people who weigh more.
  • How does the rolling resistance of a loopwheel compare with a spoked wheel?

    • Because the loopwheel is not held back by any obstacles it encounters, it will actually travel faster and more easily than a non-suspension wheel if there are small or large bumps in the road/pavement/track. But if you’re travelling on a completely smooth surface, such as a good tarmac road or indoors, traditional spoked wheels and a high pressure tyre are faster than a loopwheel.
    • Don't forget that the biggest cause of poor rolling resistance is if your tyre is not fully inflated: make sure you're pumped up!
    • And for wheelchair users: solid tyres are much more resistant to moving than a good quality air tyre (we recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus, designed for wheelchairs and they're puncture-resistant).
  • Why are some products VAT exempt? When do you charge VAT?

    There are lots of rules about VAT, and there is a UK scheme for exemption for disabled people. The rules are complicated. For expert advice, ask HMRC!What follows is our understanding of the rules for the disability exemption, applying to individual UK/EU customers, and the rules for exporting outside the countries of the European Union (EU).Export outside the EUIf you are buying from outside the EU, it doesn’t matter if you’re disabled or not, no VAT is charged. We're not required to charge UK VAT for all export sales outside the EU. But please note you may have to pay your own country's taxes or import duty to the delivery courier when he/she delivers your goods.UK disability exemption schemeThe scheme considers firstly the type of goods (A) and secondly who is buying them (B).A: Goods are either exempt or not exempt:Not all goods used by disabled people are exempt from VAT. The goods qualify for exemption if they are designed solely for personal use by a disabled person or are specifically adapted for their personal use.Consequently, some products that we sell are not eligible for this Disability VAT relief. This includes our wheels designed for bikes and trikes.  It is not sufficient for zero-rating that the equipment is destined for use by a disabled person, or is mainly or commonly purchased by disabled persons. We have a legal responsibility under the VAT Act 1994 to make a distinction between these products, and those (such as our loopwheels for wheelchairs) that have been designed and developed specifically for people who are disabled.All non-exempt products and shipping/courier charges will incur VAT, which everyone must pay. Royal Mail ordinary postage does not require VAT to be added, but the UPS courier service we usually use for secure delivery of large items and services such as Royal Mail Special Delivery will have VAT added.The cost of servicing, adaptation and repair of exempt items is itself fully exempt. This relief applies only to the cost of the service provided; the cost of any parts used may not necessarily qualify for relief.Obviously, this is quite complicated if several items are bundled together in your order. Some may have VAT applied and others not. But this is almost certainly correct! (If you think it's not, please contact us immediately).B: Customers qualify or not for exemption:Most of our customers buying loopwheels for wheelchairs in the UK, by virtue of their disability, are exempt from VAT on these goods as these loopwheels were designed and developed solely for use by a disabled person.  It is your responsibility to provide the statement truthfully (and answer to HMRC if you make a false declaration); we are not required to check your disability. But we are required to keep a copy of the customer's declaration to show HMRC when they inspect our tax records.You are not required to pay VAT on exempt items if you are:An Individual: If you are chronically sick or disabled and the products are for your personal use. You do not need a doctors letter or other such documentation. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to handicapped people. A Charity: Where the goods are made available by the charity to a specific disabled person for their personal or domestic use. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to charities. Buying for someone else: If you are buying this product for or on behalf of someone who is chronically sick or disabled and the product(s) is for their personal use.Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that you (or the person you are ordering for) are eligible to receive VAT zero-rated supplies. There are serious penalties for making false declarations and for fraudulent evasion of VAT.If you qualify for VAT Exemption then you will need to complete the VAT Exemption Declaration during the registration process prior to placing an order. The VAT amount will be adjusted accordingly in your shopping basket.We hope this is a helpful guide - we are not tax experts - do consult HMRC if you're still not clear!
  • Where can I buy loopwheels?

    In the UK and elsewhere, you can buy direct from us via the "products" page on this website, or by contacting us on info@loopwheels.com. Check out our stockists page for where you can buy loopwheels for wheelchairs in your area or country - personal attention and full advice on buying loopwheels with your wheelchair is often what you need and we aim to work with partners who can offer you that full customer service.Our Stockists page lists our international distributors, as well as direct re-sellers and dealers. The Loopwheels distributor for your country will be able to give you full details of how to buy loopwheels for wheelchairs in your country or region: Australia, Canada, the USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Italy. They will direct you to a stockist near to you or put you in touch with a sales rep in your area, even if one is not listed on our stockists page. You can always get in touch with us at info@loopwheels.com for further help.We're looking for distributors for loopwheels in countries we're not yet reaching - so do get in touch if you are interested and have requisite credentials!Between 2013 and early 2017 we made 20" loopwheels for folding bikes. These are no longer in production, and are not sold through any of our stockists, as in 2016 we took the decision to focus on wheelchair loopwheels. Sorry if you missed out!We may bring out new products in the future however . . . so keep in touch by signing up to our mailing list.
  • What about 29 inch wheels?

    Sorry - we don't yet make a 29-er loopwheel.Sign up to our mailing list if you'd like us to tell you about new products as we develop them.
  • What about bigger wheels? Do you make MTB wheels?

    We intend to bring out loopwheels for bikes (MTBs) in the future.Bigger sizes are technically challenging. With any wheel, the larger the diameter, the less the lateral stability. We're developing a MTB loopwheel  - slowly! Sign up to our mailing list for updates via our newsletter if you want to be among the first to hear news on this and our other product developments.
  • How much does a Loopwheel weigh?

    Loopwheels are slightly heavier than wheels with conventional spokes. But for this, you get suspension as well as a wheel!Here are weights of our loopwheels, without tyres:
    • 24 inch loopwheel for wheelchair (no push rim): 1.8kg
    • 25 inch loopwheel for wheelchair (no push rim): 1.85kg
    • 20 inch front Loopwheel with drum brake: 2.05kg
    • 20 inch rear 3-speed Loopwheel with drum brake and hub gears: 2.95kg
    • 20 inch dérailleur rear Loopwheel (no gear cassette): 2.48kg
    • 20 inch loopwheel with Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub (no disc rotor):  2.13kg
     
  • How bouncy or stiff are Loopwheels?

    Loopwheels are actually quite stiff!
    The loops are made of a composite material with natural damping characteristics.  They are surprisingly stiff, so the springs only flex when they need to, to make you feel more comfortable and give you suspension when you need it.
    The stiffest of our loopwheels are for wheelchairs. Rear wheels for bikes and trikes are stiffer than front wheels, to suit the rider's weight distribution.
  • Is the concept of the Loopwheel suitable for smaller wheel sizes?

    Yes, it is.  In theory it is possible to design smaller Loopwheels for bicycles and other applications.We're working on some other stuff but it will take us a while to perfect these variants.  If you want to find out more, you should subscribe to our newsletter, as that's where we'll share any updates on new products.  We send a newsletter every month - more often when we have lots of news to share!
  • Is the suspension in a Loopwheel optimised for a particular weight load?

    Yes it is. Check the product details for each Loopwheel. We advise a maximum weight load for each type of wheel.
    Our wheels are designed for adults. Small children and some very light adults may not feel the full benefit of loopwheels suspension except when you hit a bump with real force.
    In the future it may be possible for us to offer a range of different wheels for much lighter and much heavier riders.
      

Mountain Bike

  • What about 29 inch wheels?

    Sorry - we don't yet make a 29-er loopwheel.Sign up to our mailing list if you'd like us to tell you about new products as we develop them.
  • What about bigger wheels? Do you make MTB wheels?

    We intend to bring out loopwheels for bikes (MTBs) in the future.Bigger sizes are technically challenging. With any wheel, the larger the diameter, the less the lateral stability. We're developing a MTB loopwheel  - slowly! Sign up to our mailing list for updates via our newsletter if you want to be among the first to hear news on this and our other product developments.

Placing an order

  • Why are some products VAT exempt? When do you charge VAT?

    There are lots of rules about VAT, and there is a UK scheme for exemption for disabled people. The rules are complicated. For expert advice, ask HMRC!What follows is our understanding of the rules for the disability exemption, applying to individual UK/EU customers, and the rules for exporting outside the countries of the European Union (EU).Export outside the EUIf you are buying from outside the EU, it doesn’t matter if you’re disabled or not, no VAT is charged. We're not required to charge UK VAT for all export sales outside the EU. But please note you may have to pay your own country's taxes or import duty to the delivery courier when he/she delivers your goods.UK disability exemption schemeThe scheme considers firstly the type of goods (A) and secondly who is buying them (B).A: Goods are either exempt or not exempt:Not all goods used by disabled people are exempt from VAT. The goods qualify for exemption if they are designed solely for personal use by a disabled person or are specifically adapted for their personal use.Consequently, some products that we sell are not eligible for this Disability VAT relief. This includes our wheels designed for bikes and trikes.  It is not sufficient for zero-rating that the equipment is destined for use by a disabled person, or is mainly or commonly purchased by disabled persons. We have a legal responsibility under the VAT Act 1994 to make a distinction between these products, and those (such as our loopwheels for wheelchairs) that have been designed and developed specifically for people who are disabled.All non-exempt products and shipping/courier charges will incur VAT, which everyone must pay. Royal Mail ordinary postage does not require VAT to be added, but the UPS courier service we usually use for secure delivery of large items and services such as Royal Mail Special Delivery will have VAT added.The cost of servicing, adaptation and repair of exempt items is itself fully exempt. This relief applies only to the cost of the service provided; the cost of any parts used may not necessarily qualify for relief.Obviously, this is quite complicated if several items are bundled together in your order. Some may have VAT applied and others not. But this is almost certainly correct! (If you think it's not, please contact us immediately).B: Customers qualify or not for exemption:Most of our customers buying loopwheels for wheelchairs in the UK, by virtue of their disability, are exempt from VAT on these goods as these loopwheels were designed and developed solely for use by a disabled person.  It is your responsibility to provide the statement truthfully (and answer to HMRC if you make a false declaration); we are not required to check your disability. But we are required to keep a copy of the customer's declaration to show HMRC when they inspect our tax records.You are not required to pay VAT on exempt items if you are:An Individual: If you are chronically sick or disabled and the products are for your personal use. You do not need a doctors letter or other such documentation. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to handicapped people. A Charity: Where the goods are made available by the charity to a specific disabled person for their personal or domestic use. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to charities. Buying for someone else: If you are buying this product for or on behalf of someone who is chronically sick or disabled and the product(s) is for their personal use.Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that you (or the person you are ordering for) are eligible to receive VAT zero-rated supplies. There are serious penalties for making false declarations and for fraudulent evasion of VAT.If you qualify for VAT Exemption then you will need to complete the VAT Exemption Declaration during the registration process prior to placing an order. The VAT amount will be adjusted accordingly in your shopping basket.We hope this is a helpful guide - we are not tax experts - do consult HMRC if you're still not clear!

Stockists

  • Where can I buy loopwheels?

    In the UK and elsewhere, you can buy direct from us via the "products" page on this website, or by contacting us on info@loopwheels.com. Check out our stockists page for where you can buy loopwheels for wheelchairs in your area or country - personal attention and full advice on buying loopwheels with your wheelchair is often what you need and we aim to work with partners who can offer you that full customer service.Our Stockists page lists our international distributors, as well as direct re-sellers and dealers. The Loopwheels distributor for your country will be able to give you full details of how to buy loopwheels for wheelchairs in your country or region: Australia, Canada, the USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Italy. They will direct you to a stockist near to you or put you in touch with a sales rep in your area, even if one is not listed on our stockists page. You can always get in touch with us at info@loopwheels.com for further help.We're looking for distributors for loopwheels in countries we're not yet reaching - so do get in touch if you are interested and have requisite credentials!Between 2013 and early 2017 we made 20" loopwheels for folding bikes. These are no longer in production, and are not sold through any of our stockists, as in 2016 we took the decision to focus on wheelchair loopwheels. Sorry if you missed out!We may bring out new products in the future however . . . so keep in touch by signing up to our mailing list.

VAT

  • Why are some products VAT exempt? When do you charge VAT?

    There are lots of rules about VAT, and there is a UK scheme for exemption for disabled people. The rules are complicated. For expert advice, ask HMRC!What follows is our understanding of the rules for the disability exemption, applying to individual UK/EU customers, and the rules for exporting outside the countries of the European Union (EU).Export outside the EUIf you are buying from outside the EU, it doesn’t matter if you’re disabled or not, no VAT is charged. We're not required to charge UK VAT for all export sales outside the EU. But please note you may have to pay your own country's taxes or import duty to the delivery courier when he/she delivers your goods.UK disability exemption schemeThe scheme considers firstly the type of goods (A) and secondly who is buying them (B).A: Goods are either exempt or not exempt:Not all goods used by disabled people are exempt from VAT. The goods qualify for exemption if they are designed solely for personal use by a disabled person or are specifically adapted for their personal use.Consequently, some products that we sell are not eligible for this Disability VAT relief. This includes our wheels designed for bikes and trikes.  It is not sufficient for zero-rating that the equipment is destined for use by a disabled person, or is mainly or commonly purchased by disabled persons. We have a legal responsibility under the VAT Act 1994 to make a distinction between these products, and those (such as our loopwheels for wheelchairs) that have been designed and developed specifically for people who are disabled.All non-exempt products and shipping/courier charges will incur VAT, which everyone must pay. Royal Mail ordinary postage does not require VAT to be added, but the UPS courier service we usually use for secure delivery of large items and services such as Royal Mail Special Delivery will have VAT added.The cost of servicing, adaptation and repair of exempt items is itself fully exempt. This relief applies only to the cost of the service provided; the cost of any parts used may not necessarily qualify for relief.Obviously, this is quite complicated if several items are bundled together in your order. Some may have VAT applied and others not. But this is almost certainly correct! (If you think it's not, please contact us immediately).B: Customers qualify or not for exemption:Most of our customers buying loopwheels for wheelchairs in the UK, by virtue of their disability, are exempt from VAT on these goods as these loopwheels were designed and developed solely for use by a disabled person.  It is your responsibility to provide the statement truthfully (and answer to HMRC if you make a false declaration); we are not required to check your disability. But we are required to keep a copy of the customer's declaration to show HMRC when they inspect our tax records.You are not required to pay VAT on exempt items if you are:An Individual: If you are chronically sick or disabled and the products are for your personal use. You do not need a doctors letter or other such documentation. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to handicapped people. A Charity: Where the goods are made available by the charity to a specific disabled person for their personal or domestic use. Full details can be found at HM Customs and Excise, Notice 701/7, Supplies to charities. Buying for someone else: If you are buying this product for or on behalf of someone who is chronically sick or disabled and the product(s) is for their personal use.Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that you (or the person you are ordering for) are eligible to receive VAT zero-rated supplies. There are serious penalties for making false declarations and for fraudulent evasion of VAT.If you qualify for VAT Exemption then you will need to complete the VAT Exemption Declaration during the registration process prior to placing an order. The VAT amount will be adjusted accordingly in your shopping basket.We hope this is a helpful guide - we are not tax experts - do consult HMRC if you're still not clear!

Wheelchair

  • Do loopwheels fit any wheelchair?

    Loopwheels fit ALMOST any MANUAL wheelchair. Loopwheels are not made for power chairs - those wheels are generally much much smaller!We make loopwheels in the standard wheelchair sizes of 24" and 25" diameter (ETRTO 25-540mm and 25-559mm), and with standard ½ inch and 12mm bearings. That covers some 95% of manual wheelchairs in the world today. (That's a guesstimate - but we do mean the VAST majority).We don't make a 26" diameter loopwheel yet. Few people have these big wheels, but if you're very tall, you may have them. We're sorry we don't yet have a loopwheel for you.We don't yet make a loopwheel that is compatible with a one-handed drive. Again, we're really sorry that we can't yet produce a loopwheel that works for you.You can't use a loopwheel on chair that has a fixed curved fender or sideguard that comes over the top of the wheels and is not adjustable, as the wheels will hit this when the suspension kicks in. To fit loopwheels, you would need to adjust the guard to allow at least 3cm space between the fender and the wheel.If you've had a special adaptation to your wheelchair so there are extra fixtures sticking out on the side of your chair, you may need to have that fitting taken off to enable a loopwheel to move freely and fit your chair.But loopwheels have standard fittings and use standard quick release axles, so they are interchangeable with most wheels on most manual wheelchairs made by the major manufacturers e.g. Sunrise Medical, Invacare, Ottobock, Ki Mobility, Karma . . . etc etc.Do contact us or your local stockist for further advice if you feel doubtful about your chair.
  • Is there a minimum and maximum weight limit?

    Yes. Each product we've developed (loopwheel for wheelchair, loopwheel for bikes, loopwheel for trikes) has been optimised for different weights and applications.The maximum weight covered by the warranty is shown on the product page of the item (under "technical specifications").The more you weigh, the more you will feel the benefit of loopwheels suspension. If you weigh less than 50kg (about 7st 12lb), you may not feel as much benefit, because the springs are optimised for average and heavier adult weights.We don't currently have a loopwheel designed specifically for children or adults who weigh less than 50kg (about 7st 12lb). (Stick with us . . . it may come!)
  • Will I need to buy new axle pins?

    It might not be necessary to buy new quick release axles as your existing axles are likely to be compatible with your new loopwheels. We stock various sizes of axles so we can supply you with new ones if your existing axles don’t fit. Our range includes both ½” (12.7mm) and 12mm width axles, in 99mm, 104mm and 109mm lengths so we’ve got a wide selection if you need it.
  • Which length axle pin is right for my chair?

    We have found 104mm to be the most common axle length, but all wheelchairs vary and may require a longer or shorter axle pin. If you’re not sure which length is right for you, check out the diagram and/or drop us an email. We also stock 99mm and 109mm lengths, and may be able to obtain other alternatives too.Each axle is adjustable at the head up to about 8mm in length. We also supply 3 spacers with each axle (2 metal and one rubber) in case minor adjustments are needed for a better fit.Quick release axle measurementMeasurements of our 104mm quick release axle. L = 104mm; L1 = 45.9mm and is the part of the axle that passes through the wheel. L2 is the part of the axle that goes into the chair.
  • How do I adjust my axle pins?

    Minor Adjustment.  The length of the Loopwheel axles can be adjusted by rotating the ‘Nut’, clockwise (shorter) counter clockwise (longer). This is done by clamping the ‘Flat section’ and turning the ‘Nut’ using a suitable spanner. Total adjustment is approximately 8mm.How to adjust an axle pin
  • 12mm or ½ inch diameter?

    Our loopwheels are generally made with a standard ½ inch diameter bearing. ½ inch is 12.7 mm. If you already have ½ inch axles with your chair, you will probably not need to purchase new ones to fit loopwheels. You can stick with using the old ones!We can also make loopwheels with a 12mm diameter bearing, as some wheelchairs use this metric size rather than the very slightly larger ½ inch (12.7mm). It’s important to get it right, so please measure or check with us before you order. A 12.7mm (½ inch axle) won’t fit a 12mm hole. And a 12mm pin will wobble in a 12.7mm fitting. The metric 12mm version are NOT very common. All Sunrise Medical and Invacare chairs take ½ inch axles, but some Scandinavian and some other makes take the metric 12mm, as do some Ottobock chairs.
  • Can I swap out the bearings on my loopwheels?

    It is our standard practice is to fix the bearings into the wheel hub. We offer two sizes of axle bearing ½ inch (12.7mm) or 12mm. The most common size is ½ inch. Please tell us at the time of order if you wish to be able to change your bearings yourself and we will supply your wheels with the bearings unfixed. Do not attempt to remove or change the bearings yourself as you may seriously damage your wheel if you remove the bearings. Seek advice from us or from your dealer.
  • What is the recommended tyre pressure for the Schwalbe Marathon Plus on loopwheels?

    The recommended tyre pressure for a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyre is 6.00 - 10.00 Bar (85 - 145 psi). We recommend you keep your tyres well pumped up as soft tyres require more effort to push and the tyres wear our more quickly. We supply our wheels pumped up to 100 psi.
  • Can I fit different tyres to my loopwheels?

    If you need to purchase or change the tyres, we recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus wheelchair tyres. It is the most popular tyre on the market and according to Schwalbe (and many of our customers) it is the most puncture resistant pneumatic tyre available.To source an alternative tyre you will need your wheel’s ETRTO number. It’s basically the size of the wheel and is essential to choosing the correct size tyre for your wheel.24”    25-540 (24 x 1.00 inch)25”    25-559 (26 x 1.00 inch)
  • Can I fit solid tyres to my loopwheels?

    It is possible to fit solid tyres to loopwheels. However, solid tyres are much harder to push than pneumatic tyres (on any kind of wheel) and so we don't recommend them as a first choice. Solid tyres have a very high "rolling resistance" - which basically means, they're hard work pushing!We recommend that you use a good quality pneumatic tyre like Schwalbe Marathon Plus, and keep your tyres well-inflated for the best performance, comfort and ease of movement.
  • Do loopwheels require any maintenance?

    Loopwheels require very little maintenance other than an occasional clean. We advice you wash your wheels with warm soapy water if required – avoid aggressive abrasive cleaning agents.We recommend you keep your axles cleaned and oiled regularly to aid ease of use and to avoid a build-up of residue oil.
  • Are loopwheels wider than a standard spoked wheel?

    A loopwheel is no wider than a standard spoked wheel at the centre of the hub. However, it is slightly wider (by 7mm) where the loops meet the hub, as illustrated on the diagram.Widest point on a loopwheel for wheelchairs
  • Can Natural Fit push/hand rims be fitted to a loopwheel?

    It is possible to fit Natural fit pushrims to 24" loopwheels (6 riv-nut version only), just not 25" loopwheels as the rim sizes are not compatible. We don’t stock Natural Fit pushrims but you can order loopwheels without pushrims. 
  • Push/hand rim: what's the difference between Surge and Surge LT?

    We only fit Surge LT to loopwheels.Both the Surge and the Surge LT are the same all-in-one oval handrim with the Gription Strip on the top of the oval. The difference between the two is the size and weight of the oval. The Surge uses a larger profile oval that is 1 1/2" long (top to bottom) and weighs 24 ounces. The Surge LT uses a reduced weight, smaller profile oval for those looking for a reduction in weight or a smaller gripping surface. The LT is 1 1/8" long and weighs just 17 ounces - just a little more than a standard handrim (standard handrims typically weigh 13-15 ounces).For more information, visit the website Outfront
  • Can I change the colour of my loopwheels?

    Loopwheels are available in a range of fab colours as well as black. Sadly, it's not possible to change the colour of your loops once the wheels are built, as the loops are an integral part of the complete product and are not changeable.If you're not sure about colour, why not choose black wheels? These come with a choice of 8 logo colours (the "loopwheels.com" vinyl sticker) and you can update the colour of the logos on your loops at a later date. We can supply you with a new colour of logo to replace your old ones if you decide to go for a fresh look or change your chair, for a very small price.