My used manual wheelchair came with Shox solid tires, and I have been happy with them: no maintenance, utterly durable, look nice (herringbone tread), maneuver well, do not track debris into house. In ordering my first custom chair, my physiatrist advised choosing inflated tires for greater cushioning to mitigate neurological pain. My trial of Schwalbe Marathon Plus on a sample DME chair caused me to order something else--tread felt sluggish and unbalanced to me.
Only black non-marking tires would match my subdued but very cool chair! My first choice of Kenda Kontenders worked very well: very easy rolling, good when wet, did not hold debris, and durable. Even when my dog pulled braked chair (small game in view) and wore rubber down to bead in several places, these tires held their air and still tracked well. When ordering replacement, I decided to choose more tread to stand up to exercising a dog with Iditarod aspirations!
Because Schwalbe seems to be the choice of so many wheelers, I decided to to try them despite cost, knowing that modifications had been made in tread design since my initial trial. Immediately knew this was a good choice, as they are grippy but not sluggish, perfect for my needs. They handle well in wet conditions, and do not track debris indoors. Other reviewers tout their durability, so I am not worried about this. Indemedical has the best price, and customer service is friendly, well informed, and efficient.
One thing I would highly recommend with any inflated tire is to order Schwalbe tubes, superior in design and finish. I chose Presta valves for better air retention with high PSI. I run at 95, lower end of range for more cushioning, and check pressure regularly, refilling with mini compressor at home. Carry an adapter on the road to accommodate filling at gas station air if necessary.
Now I understand why these are a "standard" for so many wheelers!
Reviewed by: Gail Rehman from Lancaster, PA.