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Oregon Manifest entries revealed: Wow

Posted by on September 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 am


Bike builders and design pros
from around the country
unveiled their entries for
the Oregon Manifest
Constructor’s Design Challenge
this morning in Northwest
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.

At the big reveal this morning there was a dizzying array of utilitarian diversity and very little of it was off-the-shelf. There were custom designed bags, racks, integrated lights, stereos and lock systems, several longtails, custom fenders (including one that was hand-rolled down), wheels of all sizes (often on the same bike) and many other exciting designs that it will take days to fully process.

Check out more photos and notes below and stay tuned for more coverage…

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Dave Levy of TiCycles (Portland) is turning a lot of heads. One neat feature of his bike (there are many) is the kickstand… which is also the seatstay and chainstay. It folds down to hold up the bike and then folds up and locks into place to become part of the frame.

The Cielo (by Chris King, Portland) entry is very sexy. Highlights include custom bags by Truce Designs (Portland) that mimic the curve of the rear wheel. The fenders are also custom-imprinted with the Cielo logo. The twin top-tube also makes a nice place to stow the frame pump and u-lock.

Tony Pereira (Pereira Cycles, Portland) won this event last year and he’s got a lot of buzz around his bike this time around too. He’s taken the same basic idea as last time, but added some nifty features. His bike has a Bionx e-assist with the battery cleverly placed to mimic the classic Schwinn-cruiser gas tank aesthetic of the 1950s. The other notable feature of Tony’s bike is the big carbon fiber front rack (made by Portland’s Ruckus Components). The rack has integrated slots for a smart phone, the Bionx digital readout, and a thumping stereo.

Curtis Inglis (Retrotec, Napa, CA) has entered a gorgeous longtail with swooping lines that really make it stand out from the crowd. He’s also finished the long rear deck and foot boards with very cool printed graphics.

Joshua Muir of Frances Bicycles (Santa Cruz, CA) debuted an interesting steering system for his front-loader cargo bike entry. It’s a cable/pulley system. I also liked his idea of hanging a bag from the top, instead of just putting things in a large bucket. The bike also has couplers that allow it to be folded down for easy traveling/packing.

The Geekhouse Bikes (Boston, MA) entry has some neat aesthetics and design features. The tiny but bright integrated front and rear LED lights (set up to a hub generator) are very slick. Builder Marty Walsh also integrated a U-lock that straps to the bike.

Rob Tsunehiro (Portland) has put together a gorgeous bike with both innovative utility features and a classic look. Custom leather saddle bags (by Portland-based Blaq Designs), a frame-mounted front rack, and a nifty mesh frame bag. Another cool feature is that the bike is finished with Halo Coatings reflective paint for safety.

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The fender rolls out by hand

This entry from the University of Oregon Student Team really shows some depth of thought. The team of seven design students set out to create the ultimate student/campus bike. It’s got a 3-speed internal shifter and it’s completely custom from the ground up. This “mini-velo” is made to accept various “plug-ins” on the front and rear. The plug-ins can include racks, lights, or different head badges to suit your style. The green plastic bits on the frame can be swapped out for different colors and there’s a lockable, stowaway big near the rear triangle. One of the students said the main idea was to make the bike “approachable, non-intimidating for new riders, and easy to use.”

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You are all invited to see the bikes in person tonight at 7:00 pm at Pacific Northwest College of Art. More info at OregonManifest.com.

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  • 9watts September 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Some really nice entries. This seems to be the year of the curvy tubing.

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  • 9watts September 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I believe that none of the entries you highlighted could be mounted onto a Trimet bus rack as depicted. Just something to keep in mind when the subject is utility.

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    • sorebore September 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Unz vhat iz dis seng yoz kal a Boos ?

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    • Carl September 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      FWIW, I just got back from looking at the entries, and estimate that around 2/3 of them would fit on a TriMet rack just fine.

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      • 9watts September 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        glad to hear that. For me it comes down to two things: wheelbase and the ability of that hook to fit over the front wheel. Struts, racks, panniers, etc. on the front regrettably interfere with that all too often.

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  • Jason Skelton September 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Great stuff! Thank you. Do you have video of the roll out fenders in effect? Very elegant design!

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  • SilkySlim September 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful and ingenious, across the board.

    I would love to have a “lock-box” like on the U of O bike. And those roll-down fenders are hilarious!

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  • Natalie September 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Sh*t, I just drooled all over my keyboard. U of O bike is probably my favorite, though they’re all beautiful.

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  • aaron September 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Totally agree JM. WOW! I can’t wait to see them in person.

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  • 9watts September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Be sure to peruse the rest of the photos. Plywood-fiets! wow.

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  • Ed September 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Let’s See more Bike Pics! Thanks for the updates!

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  • Jacob September 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I really dig the UofO entry, some cool stuff going on there…
    Oh, and Santa Cruz represent! 😉

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    • Marcus Griffith September 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      I think the U of O bike has some serious promise as a trend setter for college / short distance utility bikes. The plug-in approach to bike accessories is a great idea. I really like the built in locking compartment.

      Of course, how does it ride?

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  • roger noehren September 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Yesterday I waited (at a stop sign) to turn onto Clinton Street for an approaching car being driven into the setting sun by a young woman applying her mascara using the rearview mirror. She wasn’t totally inattentive however, because she caught a glimpse of me imitating her out the corner of her eye and placed one hand on the steering wheel as she cruised by.

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  • roger noehren September 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    oops. I was attempting to comment on the BG ad article.
    too busy pondering which of my utilitarian bikes to ride to the Oregon Manifest this evening I guess…

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  • Marcus Griffith September 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Impressive bikes.

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  • was carless September 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    See you guys there! I’m volunteering tonight. 🙂

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  • Alan 1.0 September 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I’m interested in that Halo reflective powder coating on Tsunehiro’s bike. As of last year they were looking for wholesale quantity orders as opposed to one-off jobs, and had not licensed the process to other shops which might take on small orders. Anyone have more recent info? Any PDX-local shops doing it?

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  • sorebore September 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    congrats to all!!! we are now seeing the fruits of the reawakening of the bicycle again in tha USofA. Many winter days spent in my old bike shop looking over import cycling design magazines wondering….when? I will live through TWO bike booms! Hope this one sticks. Dave Levy/ Tony P. you 2 are awesome!! This will only inspire so much more.

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  • paul September 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Halo has licensed the powder to Velocity, I hear they’re looking to get it on bikes. They’ll be at the show, i’m hoping the finish is available soon…

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    • Alan 1.0 September 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks! Glad it’s getting ‘out there,’ sad it’s not on my project. ;o)

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  • Ethan September 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Are they screening people with Taiwanese passports at the door?

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  • Johnnie Olivan September 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    WO WOW WEE WOW!!! So bummed to be in Seattle missing this, Can’t wait to see what comes next!!!

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  • randy September 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    None of those bikes have the features I need in a utility bike and I wouldn’t pay a dime for any of them. Also, if I’m hauling lumber, I’m not getting on the stinking bus w/ my bike. In fact, I don’t ever get on a bus w/ my bike and I’d be miffed if some bike company made a bike for bus riders and compromised on the features I need. For me, a utility bike is what I would run my errands on. That means I’m going to multiple places on each trip just like I do w/ my car. How do I keep thieves from stealing the stuff I bought at store #1 while I’m in store #2? I need a solid sided, lockable box big enough to hold a bunch of stuff. I didn’t see anything like that in the photos. Most of those bikes wouldn’t carry any more than I can already get in the panniers and rack on my road bike.

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  • Antload September 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    The Antload/Joe Bike Byerley is designed to be compatible with Sportworks bus racks and multimodal/multiuser application in general. Thanks for bringing attention to that vital utility character!

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