ABOUT CARBON BLACK

Carbon Black is an innovative and futuristic wheelchair made almost entirely from carbon fibre, the super-lightweight material used in F1.

Three times the strength of steel, Carbon Black’s innovative carbon fibre is moulded into an ergonomically designed form that is stylish, lightweight and futuristically minimalist in appearance.

With its head office in Scotland and financial backing from Highland Venture Capital and Scottish Enterprise, the company’s vision is to offer enhanced mobility and help change the everyday perception of chair users across the globe by tapping into new markets.

Sleek and beautifully designed, the manufacturers see the Carbon Black chair not just as a mobility and independence aid, but a perception revolution that is changing the wider public’s view of wheelchairs and their users.

Arguably the most compact rigid frame lightweight wheelchair on the market, it dismantles in seconds into easy to transport parts, none heavier than 3.5kg.

The distinctive black chairs can even include LED lighting so that hidden kerbs and other obstacles are visible to users at night.

Carbon Black was specifically aimed at active independent users and with starting prices of £3995 each chair can be custom-built to the user’s requirements, style, colour, as well as a range of experience enhancing extras.

Pictured is one of the original Carbon Black chairs with Matt Neale, a key player in the development of the Carbon Black range

THE ORIGINS OF CARBON BLACK

The original Carbon Black was created by Andrew Slorance, who was himself wheelchair bound from the age of 14, after suffering a spinal injury.

His philosophy was based around the poor design and aesthetics of the wheelchairs that were to become his legs after his accident.

He wanted to design a lightweight, ergonomic and aesthetically-pleasing wheelchair that complemented the user rather than defining them as disabled.

Andrew, who remains an investor in the business, therefore approached a company that made carbon-fibre components for F1 and the concept for what Carbon Black became a reality.

CARBON BLACK HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO BE VERY MINIMAL SO YOU ARE SEEN BEFORE YOUR CHAIR.

JOIN US IN THE REVOLUTION THAT IS CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF THE WHEELCHAIR & WHEELCHAIR USERS.

CARBON BLACK II

While design and assembly staunchly remain in the UK, the production journey for Carbon Black II has taken the business to the other side of the world in search of more cost-effective and more robust engineering solutions.

China is a more cost-effective location to produce carbon fibre, but this is not just about money – the new manufacturing process (EPS) also creates a solution with greater product integrity and reduced engineering vulnerability.

The cost-effectiveness arises from this process because the shape is developed in fewer stages, thereby reducing cost.

The process allows Carbon Black to reduce the number of bonded joints, which removes weight and adds strength.

In addition, the chair can also now be repaired or replaced much more easily because of the new build process.

Carbon Black II can now be made to order in just four weeks depending on production slots and available stock.

The chair weighs from 5.5kg and comes with a new revolutionary adjustable rear axle.

The chair also comes as standard with Carbon Black’s signature 5 spoke fully carbon fibre wheels  that take a 200g tubular tyre to underline its lightweight credentials.

This latest offering is sporting a blue theme and comes with tyres, 4” soft roll casters in blue to match, finished off with matching logos. We have added composite lever brakes which are adjustable to the user’s preference and are the lightest on the market.

The backrest is a new minimal wrap around one-piece design which attaches via a height adjustor and quick release mechanism.

Optional Extras include:

  • LED Lights, front - coloured white, water resistant and rechargeable
  • LED Lights, rear - coloured red, water resistant and rechargeable
  • Handles
  • Anti-Tip
  • Left hand under seat pouch
  • Right hand under seat pouch
  • TARTA Designs backrest
  • Clothes guards
  • Ram Mounts – mounts for phones, tablets, umbrellas, drinks and more.