Unlike other manufacturers, the frames of TiLite chairs aren't made from standard parts bolted together. Not a single tube is bent until your order is placed - your wheelchair is created directly from your measurements. TiFit allows for custom frame options including:
Custom frame depth - specified independently of the seat, allowing you to balance the chair, adjust the centre of gravity forward, and increase handrim access.
Front frame angle - allowing you to position your body, legs and knees for maximum comfort, stability and function. Chairs built using "standard" frame parts often cannot accommodate the frame angle, front seat height and rear seat height that best suits you, resulting in compromises.
Seat taper - customise the front seat width independent of the rear seat width to better conform to your body shape.
V-front end - fitting to the shape of your legs in a more natural way than an inset frame. Conventional front frames and insets are also available.
Ergonomic seat - a bend in the rear of the seat frame that creates a well for the pelvis; this increases seat stability. Ideal for experienced users who know their optimal seated position.
The TRA features TiLite's flagship swept-in dual-tube frame. While it may seem counter-intuitive that a dual-tube frame be higher-end than a mono-tube one, for TiLite's T-series, this is actually the case. Able to utilise narrower tubing than the mono-tube ZRA, it is only marginally heavier, and the frame significantly increases rigidity and decreases flex - allowing more of your energy to go to propelling yourself, rather than be lost to flex in the frame.
The traditional downside of dual-tube designs was that they took up more space to transport, when the wheels were removed. The swept-in TRA frame isn't like a traditional "box frame" - it's compact and just as transportable as a mono-tube frame.
The aerospace-grade titanium frame provides excellent vibration dampening, unrivalled by conventional aluminium frames. As the metal with the strongest weight-to-strength ratio, it gives unparalleled durability.
The "A" in the name stands for "Adjustable"- with Precision Lock technology, adjustments can be made to seat height, centre of gravity, backrest position and more. This makes the TRA ideal for those who may still need some tweaks made to their chair either as they develop their wheelchair skills or to cater for changing conditions.
As you would expect from a high-end chair, each TRA is individually built with a wide range of options to match your chair to your lifestyle requirements. This includes industry standards such as Spinergy wheels and Natural Fit handrims, as well as carbon fibre sideguards, a great selection of footrests, castors and more. One we would highlight is the "standard" Out-Front Shadow wheels, which are anything but standard - they are lighter, better performing, and sleeker than the competition.
As a Permobil company, TiLite chairs are available with their range of Roho Agility lightweight air backs and cushions, and we have found the Comfort Company Curve cushion to be a popular cushion for those without pressure requirements - stylish and comfortable.
TiLite's titanium chairs offer a level of style above and beyond the competition, and the T-series has a unique frame shape you won't see on other chairs. As with most manufacturers' chairs TiLite chairs can be customised with a range of frame colours and accents. Where they really differ is the option for the raw titanium finish to the frame - the satin finish has an understated elegance to it, and you can add "tattoos" to this to really stand out. Our demo TRA is in matte "Black Lava" for an all-black look; but we have all the tattoos available to see on our other TiLite chairs.
TiLite have a well-deserved reputation for offering some of the best quality wheelchairs available. Their precision fit is a level above what you will get from conventional manufacturers - while this will benefit experienced users the most, those newer to wheelchairs will still find that having the wheelchair built to them (rather than to the configurations that are compatible with standard frame sizes) will fit them best.
The TRA is rightly considered the flagship of TiLite's range, offering the best blend of performance, weight and adjustability. It is similarly priced to other flagship rigid chairs such as Ki Mobility's Rogue 2 and Quickie's Helium, with improved rigidity and the benefit of TiFit custom seating. If you're not familiar with the performance of a dual-tube design, we would strong recommend trying it against a mono-tube frame - you will feel it.