Oregon Manifest

Is a pioneering design/build competition challenging bespoke bike craftsmen, designers and students to develop the next-wave modern utility bike:  a better bike for the everyday rider, one designed as a real tool for living.

Sept 23/24
34 custom bike builders from 11 states (and their collaborators) and 6 student teams all working from the same design criteria to develop the ultimate modern utility bike.

In tandem with the competition (and 
working from the same design criteria) 
are the OM Creative Collaborations. 3 global design firms (Yves Behar/Fuseproject, IDEO, and Ziba Design) are collaborating with 3 bike craftsmen to develop  exhibition bikes pushing the parameters of what a modern transport bike can/should be. Monthly Process diaries are featured on industrial design supersite 

On September 23 and 24th, all bikes will descend on Portland, Oregon for judging and Field Testing.

Judges include: Tinker Hatfield (sneaker design icon and cyclist); Rob Forbes founder of Design Within Reach and now PUBLIC bikes; Joe Breeze, an early entrant in the commuter bike category; and Bill Strickland, editor-at-large, Bicycling Magazine.

This is no beauty pageant:  all the bikes will undergo a 50 mile on/off road course with technical trials where mandatory features are tested.

Levi's recently launched their commuter 511 jean and Oregon Manifest is traveling along with their Get in the Saddle mobile Bike Shop tour.


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