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Five cities reveal ‘Ultimate urban utility’ bikes: How does Portland’s entry compare?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 28th, 2014 at 7:56 am

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The “Solid” bike drew a crowd at the big reveal party Friday night.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What happens when top design firms are paired with expert bike makers and told to create the “ultimate urban utility bike”? Thanks to the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project we now know the answer to that question.[Read more…]

Go boldly into the bike/tech frontier at Oregon Manifest unveiling tonight

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 25th, 2014 at 11:08 am

The culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Ti Cycles and Portland design firm Industry will be unveiled tonight as part of the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project competition.
(Photos: Industry)

Portlanders will have an opportunity to dwell on the frontier of bicycle design and technology tonight at the Reveal Party for the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project.
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Manufacturing commitment raises stakes for 2014 ‘Oregon Manifest’ competition

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 21st, 2014 at 1:49 pm

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Launch party was at Ace Hotel Cleaners last night.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The details of the 2014 Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project were announced in downtown Portland last night. Among a crowd of professional product designers, bicycle builders and bike industry tastemakers, event director Shannon Holt introduced five teams that will compete to create the “ultimate urban utility bike.”

And this year, the stakes are higher than ever. As announced by Holt last night, the winner of the Bike Design Project will see their creation turned into a full-fledged production model manufactured by Fuji Bikes. The company has committed to make 100 bikes and the winning model (after it’s been value-engineered to a lower price-point than a one-off, custom bike) will be available in select bike shops in 2015.

“It’s important to go from ideation to production,” Holt told me last night. “Our role is to be an outside catalyst for the industry and to fulfill that we had to have manufacturing.”[Read more…]

First look: New book chronicles Oregon Manifest competition

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am

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(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.

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The ‘best e-bike ever’ soon available to the masses

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 10th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The Faraday, shown here at the Oregon Manifest
field test in Portland last September,
will soon be available as a production bike.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Back in September, when the entries in the 2011 Oregon Manifest Design Challenge competition were revealed, one bike in particular caught my eye. It was the “Faraday” electric-assist bike built by a California-based team made up of design firm IDEO and bike company Rock Lobster.

With its drop-dead good looks (inspired by French porteur bikes from the 1940s and ’50s), functional utility features, and super e-tech wizardry, I went out on a limb and dubbed it the “best e-bike ever”. Today I learned that the bike has become the first ever Oregon Manifest entry to go become a full-fledged brand and go into production.

According to the Faraday Bikes website, the bike will be available for purchase on July 18th. I haven’t heard what the retail price will be, nor do I know who’s behind the brand; but to me, the larger significance is that this bike could catapult e-assist into the mainstream, and it was born at the Oregon Manifest.
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Vote on your favorite Oregon Manifest design collaboration entry

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 29th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 24th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 23rd, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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 IDEORock Lobster team…

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