Norwegian tire company, reTyre, keeps expanding into North America by signing a partnership with Canadian wheelchair company Kartus Chairs Inc.
Online PR News – 28-May-2021 – Oslo, Norway – Kartus Chairs Inc. makes a unique wheelchair for runners and outdoor enthusiasts. The Kartus wheelchair is a -wheeled vehicle that allows the runner to control the wheelchair while running. The Guinness World Record for running the fastest marathon while pushing a wheelchair was achieved with a Kartus wheelchair in Montreal in 2018. Most of the parts, such as tires and disk brakes are sourced from the bicycle industry. It is equipped with a handbrake and a safety strap and weighs only 50 lbs/22 kg while being able to carry people with reduced mobility up to 250 lbs/113 kg.
CEO and Founder of Kartus, Philip Olligny states that, "Kartus is always looking for innovations to enable our customers to get the best experience possible. With reTyre, we feel that it is the best combination of practicality and ingenuity for using our product in various conditions. We're very happy to provide this solution as a standard feature for our strollers."
The tire upgrade to the reTyre system adds to the functionality and usage possibilities for the Kartus wheelchair. The reTyre system allows the runner to use the reTyre One base tires while running on asphalt with a minimum of rolling resistance. Should the runner wish to run on trails, in the forests or climb a hill or a mountain a better grip is preferred. Then the runner can easily zip on different treads, named “skins”, suitable for the terrain. In addition, there are winter Skins with studs available for running all year on icy and snowy roads. There are currently 4 skins available: Gravel Chaser, Trail Rider, Winter Traveler (w/146 studs) and Ice Racer (w/272 studs).
COO and Co-founder at reTyre Alexander Gjendem Gjorven states that, "Our Vision is to make life easier and improve the user experience for humans through innovative and user-friendly tire solutions on a variety of vehicles. Teaming up with Kartus and being able to help runners and people with reduced mobility to expand their adventures and activities throughout the year in a safe way is a perfect match to that vision."