Support BikePortland

First look: New book chronicles Oregon Manifest competition

Posted by on September 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am

New Oregon Manifest book-1

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Organizers of the Oregon Manifest event are set to release a new book tomorrow. The book, BIKE CRAFT, DESIGN, INNOVATION, is a coffee table quality, 228-page publication that provides an in-depth look into the bikes and the builders of the 2011 competition as well as a recap of the inaugural 2009 edition of the event.

Here’s the official blurb:

This image-rich document of the competition features design details of each entry bike, the three designer/craftsmen Creative Collaboration bikes, on-the-scene shots from the Field Test and judging, and interviews with the winners, judges and the Creative Collaborators. Also included are portraits of the 2009 competitors.

New Oregon Manifest book-2

New Oregon Manifest book-3

New Oregon Manifest book-4

The non-profit Oregon Manifest organization put the book together as part of their mission to “celebrate and amplify bike craft, design and innovation.”

The heart of the book are the six-page spreads on each 2011 entrant. Readers get a close-up look at how the builders’ bikes lived up to the competition’s goal of producing the “ultimate modern utility bike designed for the everyday cyclist” as well as revealing Q & A’s with the builders themselves.

What I love about the book (and about Oregon Manifest’s work in general) is that it elevates “utility” — which for years has been something of a dirty word in the bike industry — to something beautiful and deserving of a high-quality coffee table book. The book is a fitting complement to the work of the builders it features and to the bright and exciting future of utility bikes. BIKE CRAFT, DESIGN, INNOVATION should be required reading not just for lovers of great bike design; but for everyone in the bicycle industry.

The book was designed and edited by Portland firm Grey Matter and the images come from a variety of photographers. It’ll be available online starting tomorrow via digital print-on-demand in both soft ($51.95) and hardcover ($71.95) versions.

NOTE: We love your comments and work hard to ensure they are productive, considerate, and welcoming of all perspectives. Disagreements are encouraged, but only if done with tact and respect. If you see a mean or inappropriate comment, please contact us and we'll take a look at it right away. Also, if you comment frequently, please consider holding your thoughts so that others can step forward. Thank you — Jonathan

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
Brad RosskwwJonPaul Smithdwainedibbly Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Are there plans for another Manifest, perhaps in 2013?

Paul Smith

The book sounds awesome, but $52 at a minimum? Eeks!


I love the quote: …competition’s goal of producing the “ultimate modern utility bike designed for the everyday cyclist”
I’m not sure the average cyclist is going to cough up $2500 for a frame only. Most of the the average cyclists that I know think even $1000 for a complete bike is an extravagance. I guess I could find out more about how these bikes fit the average cyclist if I wanted to pay $72 for a coffee table book.


I believe that the since the Manifest was started, it has had a great effect on the variety of mass produced bicycles that you can buy in a bike store for much less money.

It seems 10 years ago, you had a choice: MTB or a TdeF bike, now you really have a choice!

Brad Ross

The goal is to design bikes that fit into the “modern utility” idea. Of course a custom one off is not going to be cheap. Prototypes never are. But the ideas that stem from these bikes and the Manifest as a whole will will filter into mainstream production bikes that are affordable.