Discover the new OPair wheelchair bike

Together with end users, the latest technological advances, and the most modern materials, Van Raam has developed a completely new wheelchair bike: the OPair3. The new OPair wheelchair bikes are available for order at a Van Raam dealer starting April 3rd 2017.

The new OPair: a safe, stable, and stylish wheelchair bike

The OPair's purpose is simple: a safe, stable, and stylish wheelchair bike fit for transporting any wheelchair user. However, achieving that goal was no simple task.

Jolien Heeman (R&D manager) explaines: "It is a technologically complex product, given the fact that two people use it at the same time, while both have different needs. We really delved into the world of the user in order to have this project succeed. Not only existing OPair users, but also new users were involved in an early stage to find out what they needed from this vehicle. For our engineers, it was a very rewarding moment, because you truly realize how much impact your design can have on the daily life of regular users."   

New, modern materials and techniques

Technology is a major part of a bike's success, but emotions play an important role too. Our main point was that we wanted to use new, modern materials and techniques, but not to the point that the technological aspect would become overwhelming. Our head-designers have different educational backgrounds, which made it a real team effort.    
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Photo: Head-designers of the new OPair: Patrick Kolenbrander and Oliver Davina

Jolien Heeman: "The team composition resulted in several internal discussions. Both the look and feel of the bike were vehemently represented as well as the operational technological aspects. This culminated in a wonderful bout of cooperation where all involved engineers showed the best of their skills. Not that they're truly happy; there's always room to improve and they would love to show that in their next project. I am proud to have such ambitious colleagues, they make all the difference for our customers!" 

The new and improved OPair  

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COMPLETELY RENEWED WHEEL SUSPENSION    
✓ innovative steering for safe, stable, and communicative on-road handling
✓ independently suspended front wheels for optimal comfort
✓ direct steering enables quick steering corrections
✓ a better driving experience for both driver and passenger

NEW DESIGN
✓ modern look with a high quality finish
✓ fresh new colorways
✓ larger back wheel for more dynamic movement
✓ challenging and functional design
✓ improved and safe wheel protection

NEW COMFORTABLE PASSENGER SEAT 

✓ depth adjustable seating  
✓ adjustable back and side rests for optimal support 
✓ soft and easy to clean seats 
✓ hip seatbelt and arm rests for the passenger  

FOR THE DRIVER
✓ standard 8 gears 
✓ good sitting posture (Holland-sitting-position)
✓ improved steering

IMPROVED ENTRY 
✓ two raisable and adjustable foot rests
✓ free entry for the passenger   

OPTIONAL
✓ electric motor (with the Van Raam app)
✓ Split frame: fast and simple disconnection with improved connector 
✓ firm stand for cycling component with split frame
✓ adjustable head rest
✓ adjustable seat width
✓ to be expanded with many other options like foot fixation and 4-point and 5-point seatbelts

The video below gives you a taste of the new OPair wheelchair bike. View detailed information such as technical information, photographs, prices, etc. on the OPair wheelchair bike page.

Pros of the OPair wheelchair bike

Compared to other wheelchair bikes, the OPair has a number of other pros (alongside its modern and fresh vibe):

  • high quality frame made in the Netherlands
  • suitable for both children and adults
  • excellent seating for both passengers in the seat in front as well as the cycling user
  • slightly angled wheels for increased driving comfort and stability
  • two separate raisable foot rests for passenger
  • available in just about every RAL color
  • optional base plate suitable for a R82 reception adapter, enabling users to affix their own orthotic seat
  • option to disconnect the wheelchair aspect from the cycling component
  • If an electric motor is used, you can cycle both forwards and backwards with applied cycling support.  

Van Raam wheelchair bikes

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Photo: VeloPlus wheelchair transport bike and OPair wheelchair bike.
Read more information about the VeloPlus wheelchair bike

Van Raam bicycles

We at Van Raam make bikes that give the best results, enhance the quality of life for users and look good on top of that. We think the term "special needs bikes" should be abandoned all together. They're just bicycles! Under our motto "Let's all cycle", we have been making bikes for people who cannot use a standard bike for decades.

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