Yes I have decided to dedicate an entire page on the website to the Shoprider Vienna. This may seem like a strange choice on a website called wheelchiarspecialists.co.uk specialising in high end chairs completely customised to the user. But I am giving the chair the exposure that it deserved. This is my choice as an indoor chair at home where space is ok but a bit tight in places, and it is this daily use that has bought to light so much versatility and so many ways it enhances my life that this page could almost be viewed as a blog since I am likely to be adding to it on an almost daily basis.
Firstly then let us just do a quick review of what we are talking about then I will rave about its features and benefits to me. The seat on the Vienna is very compact and foldable for transportation, it isn't featherweight but is lightweight for what it is. Hard to improve on without losing one of its features. of course different materials would do it, but not at this price! It has and adjustable headrest, armrests which also fold and you can put the seat into a couple or so reclined positions. It has a pg controller, the best on the market, and is reliable and easily used and to read its battery level from it. The framework of the Vienna is an ingenious design to achieve maximum weight capacity with minim material weight and most significantly size. Again the only feasible improvement would involve different materials, like titanium but once again, not at that price! Its motors and batteries, well what you would expect really small light weight, well proven Pihshiang technology all giving a claimed range of 20 miles. Realistically probably up to 16 miles in the real world, maybe a small person at central Milton Keynes could do the 20 but hey who wants more than 16 normally anyway?! The footplate folds up and rearwards. A lot of users, I being one of them, ride the chair with this folded and feet on top, convenient and even I will shortly add pics to show how it strips down, it will fit in any car boot even and old mini and i would guess that you could get two in the boot of a smart car! His and hers Vienna. Seriously it is a benefit to older and less able couples with limited space and maybe limited budget. It is worth just mentioning that the Vienna has a weight limit of 16 stone for its user, I am right at this limit at the moment, but working on it. This is particularly relevant to its performance despite being at its limit, it is just amazing. The Reno is a similar chair in many ways with a capacity of 21 stone and similar price, more refined but just not quite as versatile in confined spaces. On balance which is better, there is only one way to find out, seriously it is a close run thing and my advice would be to try both. I tried the Reno for a week and chose to go back to my little Vienna. Due to recent circumstances I have been forced to use it when I normally would have chosen not too and each time been amazed at its abilities on for example grass, low kerbs, uneven paths and very steep hills. You know sometimes how people just don't understand how access effects us? like a friend says "I will meet you there, you will get in not a step in or anything" and when you get there....... Well with the Vienna there is almost always a way if you have a helper available, your friend for example. when you arrive at the restaurant for example to find a six inch step get them to lift the chair up the step facing outwards while you sit nearby, then just back onto the chair and away you go!! No step for you or the chair to climb and away you go, and once in there you can pretty much go anywhere a pedestrian can as long as there are not big steps, including not accessible toilets. Can you begin to see just how flexible this little machine is. It is like a little trusted friend, so helpful and rarely lets you down. I have friends like this and I love them too. Come and try it out - Glenn.
Update. Well while my respect and awe of the Vienna remains, I have now changed my indoor chair and got a Reno. This I have now had for a month or so and am very pleased with its performance. It is that little bit more refined with quieter and more powerful motors, although the seating is no more comfortable it is sufficient for short term usage and also while the Reno is slightly wider than the Vienna it is still so small as to be very easy to use indoors. Looks wise, well I think there is no competition! Of course it isn't really a competition anyway and either chair has it's pros and cons, it is totally about getting what we need and each of these cost almost the same anyway. The only way to be absolutely sure is to try them out for yourself. We keep them both in the showroom, or I can bring them out for you to try. So in summary, the Reno has wider tyres giving a smoother ride and greater traction, but making the whole thing wider. The comfort levels are about the same seat wise, but the Reno has more power and smoother motors. Reno is heavier and not quite as compact but will still perform brilliantly in confined spaces. So the choice is yours. I have made mine, but would be perfectly happy to go back to Vienna any time too!!