When it comes to mobility technology, cool materials have often driven product innovation, from aircraft aluminum to titanium. However, while many debate to this day the merits of one material over another, one technology trumps them all when it comes to the ultimate cool factor: carbon fiber.

Composite materials, commonly called carbon fiber, are nothing new in the wheelchair world. Both Quickie and Invacare, for example, offered carbon-fiber wheelchairs some 20 years ago. However, the products focused more on the material than function — that is, carbon fiber was a cool material used to make somewhat awkward wheelchair designs.