Oregon Manifest 2011

The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge pairs some of the country’s most talented bike craftsmen with a unique challenge: to design and build the the ideal modern utility bike. Why a utility bike? Well the organizers of the Challenge offer this:

“The two-wheeled revolution won’t come on the saddle of a race bike or a specialty bike. The utility bike is the transportation mode of the future for millions of Americans who want to live healthier, more sustainable lives, but don’t think of themselves as “cyclists.” The key to realizing this future is thoughtful, innovative bike design that fills multiple needs and fits into their lives.”

We can’t help but agree and our hats are off to this year’s winner, Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles. His winning design features an electric-assist design, locking carbon fiber storage box, and integrated sound system for the ultimate in convenience, usability, and non-endemic appeal.

The Oregon Manifest is unique in the fact that it pairs its design competition with a rigorous field test component. All of the entries must be ridden over a 51-mile course that puts their utility and all-around usefulness to the test under widely varying circumstances.

This year there were 40 bikes entered into the contest, 36 from independent craftsmen, and 6 from student teams. The bikes will be on display through October 29th at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR.

for more information, check out the Oregon Manifest website.

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