Oregon Manifest
2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge



  • All entries:  points are awarded in three groups of points potential.
  • Student entries: points will be skewed heavily toward ideation rather than fabrication.
  • Prizes awarded to Best of Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place entries and two honorable 
mentions, along with the winning student entry.
  • Builders and student teams will have a 3-minute opportunity to present their work and design solutions to the judging panel.
  • Winning entries as well as the three design firm/builder Creative Collaboration bikes will remain in the temporary possession of Oregon Manifest through the remainder of 2011 and become part of the Oregon Manifest bike design exhibition.


Mandatory Features

All entry bikes must possess the following everyday features. Entries that lack any of these features will be deemed invalid.

  • Anti-Theft System
  • Fender System
  • Lighting System (seeing and being seen)
  • Load-Carrying System
  • Freestanding Under Load (while parked) System

True Innovation: The Heart of the Constructor’s Design Challenge.
Genuinely unique, innovative and valid solutions in:

  1. Function
  2. Material
  3. Technology
  4. Adapability to different environments, situations, and lifestyles.

Design and Execution.
Quality of design, feature integration and final execution should be exceptional.

  • Integration:  Individual design solutions and features should be integrated into a complete,
 harmonious aesthetic and functional whole, rather than a checklist of details. Each design element/feature should meld seamlessly with the entire bike.
  • Quality of Execution:  Fabrication refinement and quality of execution should be evident 
in each detail.
  • Aesthetics and Curb Appeal:  Bikes should reflect fresh, new, and original thought 
appropriate to a modern audience. Bikes should visually attract viewers.

Functionality:  The Field Test
The Constructor’s Design Challenge calls for functional design solutions. A bike’s ability to 
perform well on and be equipped for the varying terrain of the Field Test is essential. The Field Test route could include urban scenes, dirt roads, asphalt, gravel, hills, and stairs.

  • Anti-Theft System:  System should prove to be secure and easy to use.
  • Lighting System:  System should aid vision and create visibility on the road.
  • Load-Carrying System:  Entries must carry a variety of loads through a variety of  conditions on-course. System should accommodate a small bag of groceries, an oversized postal box, poster tube, and/or a six-pack of beverage containers.
  • Freestanding Under Load System:  Bike must freestand under a variety of loads on a variety of surfaces.
  • Fender System:  Fender system must keep bike and rider clean.
  • Post-ride Condition:  Bikes should complete the Field Test with no resulting loose, inoperable, or broken elements. All mandatory features should emerge in excellent condition and bike should be rattle-free.

Contest Terms and Conditions

2011 Timeline

February 3: Contest registration opens for all entries
February 17: Deadline for entries by Contestants that placed in the top 12 in the 2009 Constructor’s Design Challenge
March 10: Deadline for entries by new Contestants
September 23: 8 am deadline for submission of all Constructor’s Design Challenge entries for pre-judging, Deadline for submission of  Creative Collaboration display bicycles
September 24: Field Test, and post Field Test assessment,  Awards Gala – Winners Announced
October 3: Online People’s Choice winner announced (Creative Collaboration bikes), Constructor’s Design Challenge Audience Favorite announced

Entry Fee
$300 per Student Team.  Limited to one team entry per institution.
$300 per Single Builder Entry or Team Collaboration (participating organizations must have less than 10 employees total).
$500 per Builder Entry or Team Collaboration (participating organizations have over 10 employees total)

Note:  Contestants that are members of a Team Collaboration may not submit separate entries as individual contestants and may not serve as members of any other competing Team Collaboration.  However, Custom Bicycle Builder or Professional Designer contestants may serve as advisors to any student team.

Entry fees can be paid online at OregonManifest.com or via check.
Mail Entry Fee checks, payable to Oregon Manifest.

Entry fees are non-refundable.


The 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge is open to independent bicycle frame manufacturers who offer bespoke made-to-order, custom geometry bicycle frame options to their customer base.

Custom frame builders may enter the Contest individually, on behalf of a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporate entity in which they are affiliated as an owner, partner or employee.

Custom frame builders may enter the Contest in collaboration with a fiscal patron/sponsor or design collaborator.

Student Category – The 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge Student Category is open to invited student teams working with advisors in industrial design or design programs within U.S. based academic institutions.  Student team entries are limited to one student team entry per institution.  Student teams may procure a professional bicycle frame builder to act as an advisor in the Competition.  Student Contestants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. university, college, or community college, on at least a half-time basis.

The student category is intended to encourage young designers to develop new ideas and thinking around the lifestyle bicycle.  The intent behind allowing students to partner with a frame builder/advisor is to help students to bring their best ideas to fruition — professional frame builder/advisors should not execute the largest percentage of the work.

General Eligibility – Oregon Manifest reserves the right to determine whether Contestants are eligible to participate in the Competition.  Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the Competition.  Competition judges, as well as their children, parents, spouses, or co-habitants, are ineligible for participation in the Contest.  Oregon Manifest reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant or any Contestant team.

Original Bicycle Design

Contestants must submit original utility bicycle designs that reflect their honest, creative efforts.  Contestants may not submit bicycles that copy designs of others, even if expressly permitted.  Contestants may submit bicycles that they have created or designed at any time in the past.  However, for any bicycle that was submitted in the 2009 Oregon Manifest Competition, more than 30% of the new entry for the 2011 Competition must be dramatically modified.  Oregon Manifest shall retain the right, in its sole discretion, to determine and decide whether any submitted bicycle design meets the original design requirement.

Submission of Entries

Contestants must deliver completed utility bicycles to Oregon Manifest Contest site at the Pacific Northwest College of Art on or before 8:00 am, Friday September 23, 2011 (the “Delivery Date”).  Eligible bicycles must be fully completed, equipped, and outfitted; and ready for immediate use and testing.  Contestants may conduct basic maintenance on their entries after the Delivery Date, however, under no circumstances may Contestants make further changes or alterations in bicycle construction or design after the Delivery Date.  Excluding repairs for flat tires, Contestants may not conduct basic maintenance on their entries during the Field Test without prior approval from Oregon Manifest.


Entries failing to arrive at the Pacific Northwest College of Art by the designated 8:00 am check-in time on Friday, September 23rd, will be turned away – no exceptions!  2009 entries may not be resubmitted unless more than 30% of the entry has been dramatically modified; changes in paint color, components and/or accessories do not qualify as a dramatic modification.  Entries failing to address the mandatory features criteria set forth in the official “2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge Design Criteria” will be disqualified.  A violation of the restrictions on display of Logos and Brands on entry bicycles, as described in Section 9 below, shall be grounds for automatic disqualification.

Entries must be functional and must be ridden the full length of the Field Test portion of the Contest by the respective custom frame builder, member of the collaborating team, student team or a designated partner cyclist.  Entries will be disqualified if they are not submitted to or do not perform in the Field Test portion of the Contest.

During the Field Test, riders will not be allowed to carry any tools aside from tire levers used to change a flat.  Should a rider need technical assistance on course, the official Field Test ride support will supply the rider with the necessary tools.  All technical assistance will be documented and reported to the panel upon completion of the Field Test.  Technical assistance needed to address a loose or faulty entry feature may result in point deduction.  Entries that do not complete the Field Test for any reason, including rider crashes or illness, will be disqualified.

Failure to comply with the present Terms and Conditions, or any other misleading, deceptive, or unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct shall be grounds for disqualification.   All bicycles entered into the contest are subject to verification and will be disqualified if they are determined to be copies of pre-existing designs created by the Contestant or others, or if any Contestant or Contestant Team member has engaged in unfair conduct in the course of the Competition.

Tampering with or altering any bicycle submitted to the Competition by any other competing Contestant or team, in any way, is grounds for automatic disqualification.  Any misrepresentation of a Contestant’s status or eligibility, or any other misrepresentation of material facts made to influence or manipulate the Competition in any way is also grounds for automatic disqualification.

NOTE:  Contestants agree and acknowledge that Oregon Manifest shall have the sole and express discretion to disqualify any bicycle, Contestant, or team, at any time, for any of the reasons described in this section.  If disqualified, Contestant agrees to return any prizes or consideration awarded to him or her during the course of the Competition and agrees to not misrepresent his or her status as an eligible Contestant or as a winner in the Competition.

Judging Process

Stage One: Entry Review
The panel, as a team, will evaluate all entries for general compliance to the design criteria.  A representative for each entry will be given the opportunity to present their design solutions to the panel in 3 minutes or less.

Stage Two: Criteria Rating
Individual panelists will rate each entry based on a point system for the design criteria.  Quality of execution and craftsmanship will be weighted differently for the Student Category; the point system for student entries will be heavily skewed in favor of creativity over fabrication execution.

Panelists will evaluate entries individually during Stage Two of the jury process.
Rate sheets will be submitted to a designated Oregon Manifest moderator.  Criteria points will be tallied by the moderator, and math further verified.  Results will be kept confidential until the awards gala.

Stage Three: Field Test
All entries will be subjected to the Field Test.  Panelists will evaluate bike performance / user experience en route.  Field Test conditions may include:

  • A 50+/- mile course
  • Off and on road terrain
  • Hills of varying grades and steep grades
  • Sharp curves
  • Check points testing mandatory features
  • Portaging of a small bag of groceries, and/or an oversized postal box and/or poster tube, and/or a six-pack of beverage containers

The Field Test route will not be disclosed to any of the Oregon Manifest event organizers that are not directly involved in its execution, sponsors, or entrants prior to the public opening, September 23, 2011. The Field Test route will be created by a third party ride organizer selected by Oregon Manifest.

Stage Four: Post Ride Evaluation
Upon completion of the Field Test, each entry will be reviewed by the panel as a team. The panel will consider the final condition of the entry, rattling, and any necessary technical support supplied to the rider during the Field Test, and possibly re-evaluate mandatory features. This will be the final evaluation to determine the winning entries.


  • Best In Show
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • 4th Honorable Mention
  • 5th Honorable Mention
  • Best Student Team Entry
  • Online Audience Favorite Award
  • Voting for this award will be conducted online after the open category winners are announced, and is open to the public.  Each person may only vote once.  No prizes, other than acknowledgement of voting results, will be given for this award.
  • People’s Choice Award : Creative Collaboration Bikes only
  • Voting for this award will be conducted online.  No prizes, other than acknowledgement of voting results, will be given for this award.
  • Oregon Manifest will announce corresponding prizes prior to the 2011 Awards Gala.

Design Criteria

All entrants, including student teams, as well as the three Creative Collaboration partners will work from the 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge Design Criteria.

Logos and Brands on Entry Bicycles

The fundamental spirit of the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is to encourage and celebrate the creativity of the independent Contestant bike builders, not third party sponsors.  Accordingly, entry bicycles and accessories may ONLY bear the logos or brands of Contestants’ respective companies that they manage or own.  Excluding pre-printed standard manufacturer markings found on stock parts, any other (sponsor) logos and brands may appear ONLY on the right side chainstay, and must be limited in size to .5 inches in height and 6.0 inches in width.

Violation of this rule shall be grounds for disqualification from the Contest.