The Oregon Manifest
Constructor’s Design Challenge,
September 23/24, 2011
We’re looking for the ultimate utility bike for modern living!
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind design/build competition, in which some of the country’s best custom bike craftsman and select student teams vie to create the ultimate modern utility bike.
Our mission is threefold
FIRST, to inspire and foster real design innovation around a bike that recognizes the needs of modern living. SECOND, to celebrate and champion the resurgence of American craft—bicycle craft in particular. THIRD, to show riders and enthusiasts that a well-crafted bicycle isn’t just for sport and recreation, but can also be a tool integrating seamlessly into everyday life.
Why a utility bike?
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.
The Oregon Manifest Field Test
The moment of truth in the 2011 Challenge will be the mandatory Oregon Manifest Field Test. This rigorous road trial will assess the real function of every bike in the challenge, in real world environments including hills, byways and off-road sections. It will include several on-road check points where mandatory features of each bike will be evaluated. The Field Test requires riders to keep a brisk pace that will stress their bikes to the limit, and demands a well-crafted, expertly assembled entry in order to complete the route in good time. Final evaluation and point tabulation will occur after all bikes have completed the Field Test.
The Constructor’s Design Challenge Awards Gala
Join us to celebrate the best in functional bike innovation. The Awards Gala will be an amazing party, open to the public, celebrating the incredible achievements of our entrants and the endeavors of the three design firm/builder Creative Collaboration teams. Awards will be bestowed upon the top 3 entrants, along with two honorable mentions and a student winner. All entries will be displayed for inspection by attendees. Come meet the designers and craftsmen and view each entry bike up close.