Easier to push
Studies on wheelchair propulsion found that lever drives don't require as much strength as push rims.
Ergonomic studies found that the lever motion doesn't stress your shoulders and wrists like push rims do.
Keep your hands clean
The padded levers keep your hands away from trail dirt and street grime.
More stable on uneven terrain
Lever driven chairs, like the GRIT Freedom Chair, can have a larger footprint than traditional wheelchairs, increasing their stability.
Upright seating position
You can sit comfortably at a normal wheelchair height, rather than inches above the ground.
Chairs with lever drives are a lot shorter than handcycles, making them much easier to maneuver indoors.
Easier to transport
Since lever drive chairs are shorter and narrower than handcycles, they can fit in your car's trunk.
Handcycles are great on roads, and that's about it. Lever chairs work on the road, but also the yard, the trail, the beach, the store, and more!