What are the benefits of using a lever drive?


Easy to push

The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive has a mechanical advantage between the lever and the wheel, making it easier to push the chair forward than on push-rim wheelchairs.


Low impact

Lever drives use an ergonomic motion that engages large muscle groups in the chest and shoulders. They can help eliminate the shoulder issues that plague push-rim wheelchair users.


Clean hands

Lever drives keep your hands far away from the wheels and everything they are rolling through. They also provide easy braking, since you don't have to try to grab slippery push rims.


Fun to ride

Lever drives take the physical stress out of pushing yourself around, helping you to focus on enjoying your environment and the friends and family you're exploring it with.


Heart healthy

The ergonomic lever motion is easy on smooth ground, exercising your heart and lungs rather than just your arms. Many GRIT Freedom Chair riders love the low impact cardio workout.



Lever drives are compact, especially when compared to crank-drives on handcycles. For example, GRIT Freedom Chair easily disassembles to fit in the the trunk of a small car.