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Invacare Excelerator XLT PRO
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Hand cycle.
• Adjustable fore and aft seat position.
• Multi-position, adjustable footrest system.
• Vertical ergonomic handles.
• Adjustable crank assembly 27 speed external cassette hub Shimano(TM).
• Ultegra-XT components.
• 24 high performance, off-road or cruiser wheels.
• Quick-release or threaded axles.
• Easy-to-reach STI indexed shifters, brake levers, reflectors, dual braking system, seat restraint.
 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews600
Durability?4.3300
Ease of use?4.3300
Meet expectations?4.3300
Overall Rating:4.170.000.00
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Brian from San Diego, CA submitted this review on July 9th 2011 at 07:05 PM. Brian is an end user who has one to six months of experience with the product.
Strengths:Well put together, easily adjustable, top shelf components
Weaknesses:hard to find 650c tires. tricky removal on quick release front axle
Comments:Overall I highly recommend this hand cycle. All issues I have had were obviously caused by the first owner's lack of maintenance.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Lochlann from Calgary, Alberta, Canada submitted this review on July 6th 2007 at 01:33 PM. Lochlann is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:20 years a T2 sci, with other problems above the break. Been racing chairs mostly, got into bikes in 1999, originally in a Defiant ZS. This bike is a replacement for the Defiant and the best I can say is that it gets me out on the bike paths here in town and in the mountains, but it isn't a patch on the Defiant ZS (whcih stolen in Houston!!).
WARNING: I have the V-cranks which are great for power but a bugger on my shoulders - I tore the left bicep head and developed tendonitis on the right... and forced to retire from competitive triathlon as a result. Switching back to vertical cranks.
Weaknesses:For the price charged, many original components are crap:
- the chain stretched way too easily and had to be replaced;
- footrest velcro tore off the frame (cheap glue job);
- rear derailleur down-shift tab broke after 1 month;
Positioning of brakes & gear switchers relative to cranks is a pain - not good for emergency braking or switching on hills.
No input from Invacare re. seating or back-rest positioning: if you want to reduce the stress on the shoulders, go as far back as you can without causing hyper-extension of arms (elbows) when pushing (cranks and hands furthest away from body).
Front wheel is a bugger to get back on (when changing gear cables, tyres, travelling, etc.
Massive turning circle, esp. compared to previous bike (Defiant ZS).
Road crown compensator is a good idea in principle but I find additional strain on shoulder when making "minor" stearing adjustments on the city bike-path. Is there a way to dampen it's effect? Or just remove it?
Comments:Not as good as the Defiant ZS I used reliably for 5 years (had to change the dropout once - the only repair). But it beats sitting at home. Users likely to find components need replacing sooner than they thought - which is a rip-off given the price charged.
Discuss seating postion with knowledgeable folk, and think repeatedly about vertical vs V-cranks, especially if all you used previously were vertical cranks.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 3 Overall
 
Paul from Wellington, New Zealand submitted this review on March 17th 2005 at 02:52 AM. Paul is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Hard to compare, having never ridden any other trikes. But I just love all the health benefits you get from riding the roads. The trike seems quick, maneuverable, well-geared, and it is comfortable.
Weaknesses:I ride along a coastal road which often suffers from killer gales (heaps of salt spray). So I am annoyed but not surprised that the black (steel?) parts of the frame are rusting! Now I am stripping it back, and getting it powder coated to prevent this deteriorating further. Also I never got any "tips" on how best to set up the trike by Invacare - so seat & crank settings are all trial and error. Front wheel is a pain in the ass to remove when replacing tyres.
Comments:I've done 9,000kms since Aug 2002 (slow roads: averaging 19 kms per hour). It has been a tremendous boost to my stamina and overall health. My fox terrier runs beside me, and when "buggered" she sits in a wicker basket between the rear wheels! I really get a buzz out of this trike and would recommend it to anybody. The road I use is very scenic - it is just so nice to get back to nature. Heart rate monitor is a useful gizmo to have when training.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Jeff from Irvine, California submitted this review on February 20th 2005 at 01:19 AM. Jeff is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Fun and good health.

Fast, maneuverable and comfortable on long rides.
Weaknesses:When you crank hard the frame flexes.
Comments:I use a Roho air type cushion.
I have 10.000 miles on my bike and have replaced the large chainring once and replaced the LX cassette with the XT cassette. I am on my third chain but since up grading the chain to the Shimano HG-93 and to the XT cassette itís holding on strong.

Derailleur cable around every six + months and brake pads once.
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 3000 change front tire every 2000 miles and rear tires around 5 thousand miles. Rotate back tires.

I recommend buying a cordless air inflator and splicing in a multi valve chuck for presta/shrader stems that way you donít have to mess with adapters. I have the ďCampbell HausfeldĒ inflator but "Sears" makes a good one also. I run my tires at 150 psi. If I get a flat out on the road I use a hand pump "Topek" Road/Morph and can get 90 to 100 psi in the tire and thatís plenty in a pinch.


Iíve had my bike now for almost two and a half years and it still feels strong.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
John from Morristown,TN USA submitted this review on July 7th 2004 at 01:58 AM. John is an end user who has six months to a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Well built, stable, fast Lightweight, durable, many options, easily adjustable good looking, aerodynamically efficient, easy to propel for me a skinny T4 complete sci for 8 yrs had chair about 7 months
Weaknesses:expensive expected tho it's for us gimps lol
Comments:really pleased, recommend to any one, enjoyable, great exercise, love the wind in yer face again!! freedom! easy to ride, don't be apprehensive about getting into one and taking off!!
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 5 Overall
 
mike from albuquerque nm submitted this review on December 6th 2003 at 11:36 AM. mike is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Very Light makes it easy for me to move and transport, good gearing, very stable.good looking
Weaknesses:Sits very low with short arms it makes for a hard transfer but it's worth it. Wide turning radius.
Comments:The cyle is tons of fun it took alot of practice before I felt comfortable getting in and out with nobody spotting me. short arms and spasms. But once in it's a blast you can hit the turns full bore.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 5 Overall
 
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