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Vote on your favorite Oregon Manifest design collaboration entry

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
A People's Choice award will be given to one of these entries into the Oregon Manifest challenge.

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Tony Pereira takes top prize at Oregon Manifest competition - UPDATED

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
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The Cielo by Chris King entry and
the Tsunehiro/Silas Beebe entry (R)
roll on Skyline Blvd during the
50-mile Field Test. The bikes took 3rd and
2nd places respectively.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Tony Pereira of Portland-based Pereira Cycles took home top honors for the 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge. The event, which was a competition to design and build the "Ultimate modern utility bike," concluded today with a grueling "Field Test" competition.

I'll share more thoughts and photos from the Field Test and the awards later (see my Field Test Photo Gallery). For now, here are the winners...
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Massive crowds flock to Oregon Manifest event: Field Test route revealed

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Crowds pack into PNCA's gallery to see the Oregon Manifest entries.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Oregon Manifest: Read what builders consider 'key design features' for utility bikes

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Team Metrofiets explains the highlights of their entry to the panel of judges as the Oregon Manifest competition continues in Northwest Portland today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Best e-bike ever? The IDEO/Rock Lobster Oregon Manifest entry

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

What happens when you combine one of the most esteemed product design and "innovation consultant" firms in the world, a highly respected custom bike builder, and the latest battery technology and then tell them to build the ultimate utility bike?

Introducing the Faraday, the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge Entry from the San Francisco-based IDEO - Rock Lobster team...

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Oregon Manifest entries revealed: Wow

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Bike builders and design pros
from around the country
unveiled their entries for
the Oregon Manifest
Constructor's Design Challenge
this morning in Northwest
Portland.
- Photo Gallery -
(Photos © J. Maus)

The entries into the 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge have been revealed and urban utility bike design will never be the same.

Right now at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Northwest Portland, some 40 entrants from all over the country are displaying their bikes for the first time. The mission was to build the "Ultimate modern utility bike" and these competitors have definitely answered the call.

Back when this contest was first held in 2009, most of the bikes were randonneur-style road bikes. The majority of competitors didn't break new ground. This time it's totally different.

The competitors have risen to meet the challenge. (more...)

Oregon Manifest: Insights and teasers from local constructors

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Jonathan Reed of Quixote Cycles
is confident in his entry and
can't wait to see what others
have created.
(Photo © J. Maus)

If you're not excited about the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge yet, I have no other choice than to seriously question your love of bicycles.

Some of the most accomplished bicycle minds in the country have been working for months under shrouds of secrecy in their underground lairs to design and create the "Ultimate utility bike." What exactly does that mean? That's the fun part — How each individual builder and team defines that term will be one of the most fascinating things to watch for when the bikes are revealed Friday.

Will the entries include cargo bikes? Will anyone bring a folding bike? Will e-assist make an appearance? How will classic porteur-style bikes hold up against more innovative entries? Will one form of utility bike steal the show?
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Oregon Manifest kicks off this Friday

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

As of this Friday night, the rules of utility bike design might be changed forever. At least that's the hope of the entrants and organizers of the Oregon Manifest. The Manifest has challenged a field of the best and brightest builders and designers in the country to create the "ultimate modern utility bike" and the big reveal happens this Friday night in Northwest Portland.

The murmurs I've heard from entrants and organizers are enough to make even the most jaded bike industry veteran excited. (more...)

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