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Oregon Manifest entries revealed: Wow

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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.[Read more…]

Oregon Manifest: Insights and teasers from local constructors

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 21st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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?
[Read more…]

Oregon Manifest kicks off this Friday

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 20th, 2011 at 10:11 am

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.[Read more…]

Industrial designer, boat builder team up on plywood cargo bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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Impressive list of builders signed up for Oregon Manifest Design Challenge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 30th, 2011 at 10:45 am

Screen grab from OregonManifest.com.

The list of entrants for the 2011 Oregon Manifest Design Challenge is now posted online. The builders, who will compete to build the ultimate utility bike, include some of the most innovative and respected builders in America today. In total there are 34 builders from 11 states and six student teams.

Last month we were at the event launch where organizers unveiled Levi’s as the title sponsor and introduced a trio of exciting “Creative Collaborations” (select bike builders partnered with leading industrial design firms). [Read more…]

Oregon Manifest announces Levi’s as title sponsor, rolls out other event details

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 3rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oregon Manifest launch party-4

2009 Oregon Manifest Design
Challenge winner Tony Pereira and
event organizer Shannon Holt at
the launch party tonight.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The 2011 Oregon Manifest Design Challenge is shaping up to be a potential game-changer in the bicycle world. Oregon Manifest is a non-profit organization that “exists to celebrate and amplify bike craft, design and innovation.” Launched in 2008, the organization — and the event — have matured considerably since their last event in 2009. What began with a bike show, roller races, and some great parties in 2008, morphed into a celebration of bike advocacy, art, bikes and more in 2009. After a year hiatus, Oregon Manifest seems to have finally found its focus — the exciting meld between industrial design and bicycle craftsmanship.[Read more…]

Oregon Manifest “Utility Bike Design and Build Challenge” party tonight

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 3rd, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Our friends at the Oregon Manifest have a big party planned tonight (2/3). They’ll unveil design criteria, judges, and more information about their 2011 Utility Bike Design and Build Challenge. Details are below…

Oregon Manifest Lights the Torch for the National 2011 Utility Bike Design and Build Challenge

– Design criteria and title sponsor will be unveiled at launch party this evening –

Oregon Manifest—the bi-annual, one-of-a-kind bicycle design and build competition—is rolling out its 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge criteria for the ultimate modern utility bike at a private launch party being held this evening in Portland’s Pearl District. They will also announce the national title sponsor, along with the 2011 judging panel of nationally esteemed names in the bicycle and design worlds.

New for the 2011 Oregon Manifest is the Designer/Builder Creative Collaborations. In an exciting, unparalleled partnership, three global design firms will pair with top bike builders to push the boundaries of what a modern utility bike can be. These firms and builders will be revealed at the launch event as well, and one of the firms will be in attendance, along with some local bike builders.

In the next eight months, up to 35 custom bike builders from across the nation, plus five student teams, will test their mettle against Oregon Manifest’s rigorous design criteria in pursuit of a utility bike that addresses the needs of the everyday rider in an innovative, highly considered way. The 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge culminates in a road test, judging and awards gala in Portland on September 23 and 24, 2011.

Utility bike: a bicycle designed for practical transportation, as opposed to bicycles which are primarily
designed for recreation and competition

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7 PM

Lizard Lounge
1323 Northwest Irving Street, Portland, OR

Amy Hunter, ahunter@leeweinstein.biz, (503) 927-5872

Oregon Manifest exists to celebrate and amplify bike craft, design and innovation. They believe that real innovation happens in workshops, garages, design houses and schools. Oregon Manifest values the process of making, the spirit of ingenuity and the passion of brave undertakings. Oregon Manifest is a 501 c4 non-profit organization. oregonmanifest.com

Oregon Manifest wants to know: What’s the ‘Utlimate Utility Bike’?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 3rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Organizers of the upcoming Oregon Manifest event want to know what you think makes the “Ultimate Utility Bike.” They’re asking for short video submissions and they’ll also accept drawings. See the info on how to enter below (deadline is January 10th):

We want you to tell us what your idea of the Ultimate Utility Bike is!
We may include your submission in our upcoming Oregon Manifest video broadcast on our website.
Send us a 1-2 minute video of yourself completing the following three sentences:

1. I’m _____________ from _________, ____ and this is my idea of the ultimate utility bike.

2. The Ultimate Modern Utility Bikes should….
(“take me to work, allow me to shop for weekly groceries, carry my kid, store in my office easily”)

3. With the Ultimate Utility bike I would….
(“get to work, stop off at the library, pick up a few things at the grocery store, then ride over to the next town to visit my friend”)

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

• 1-2 minutes in length maximum
• shoot outdoors, in natural light, with low contrast
• have your friend film you: visible head and shoulders or more is best
• state your name and your city at the beginning of the vid
• specs: we’d prefer HD footage, but we can use anything from HD formats (like 720 x 1280 or 1080 x 1920) down to 640 x 480. Chances are, your cell phone or digisnap camera will be just fine for this. If you have a DSLR or video camera that can shoot really nice HD, then by all means, go for it. If not, don’t sweat it. We’re more interested in your stories and ideas than awesome cinematography.


How to send us your footage:
1. name your file using your first and last name (example: DanSmith.mov)
2. create a text file that includes your name, address, phone number and email address).
3. archive (stuff) the video file and the text file together in one package — include a scan of your drawing as well, if you have one
4. in your web browser go to: www.grymttr.com / click CLIENT LOGIN in lower left corner / user name = om / password: destiny / upload button is on upper left
5. upload your archived files

If we use your video, we will contact you to sign a release form to use your image.
If you do not include contact information as directed we cannot use your video.


Pushing the boundaries: Oregon Manifest will team with top design firms

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 30th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

New for 2011, Oregon Manifest
will team with Core77 on
‘Creative Collaborations’.

What if you paired a small, custom bike builder with a world-class product design firm? That’s the experiment that organizers of the Oregon Manifest event plan to carry out during their event next year. Details of the 2011 Oregon Manifest were unveiled yesterday and if all goes according to plan, transportation bike design will go to places it’s never been before.

As part of their effort to push the boundaries of design and create the “ultimate utility bike for modern living”, Manifest organizers will link builders up with teams from three of the worlds’ top product design firms (not yet public). These ‘Creative Collaborations’ will be chronicled step-by-step by the widely read and respected design magazine Core77 (which has been named as the official media partner).

According to Manifest organizers, “These three teams will be tasked with re-framing the conversation about bikes as tools for modern living, pursuing design solutions that are effective, practical and truly innovative.”[Read more…]

Oregon Manifest scales back, moves to biennial format

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 3rd, 2010 at 8:17 am

oregon manifest constructor's design challenge

An entry in the 2009 Constructor’s
Design Challenge.
(Photo © Elly Blue)

Organizers of the Oregon Manifest have announced they’re moving to a biennial format and scaling back the event to focus on the Constructor’s Design Challenge. The event, which began as a handmade bike show over one weekend in 2008 and grew into a six-week series of events last year, will take place again in 2011.[Read more…]