Bike Craft, Design and innovation.
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is an innovative, pioneering design/build competition that is harnessing the power of American bicycle craftsmen and global design firms to create the next-wave bicycle for the everyday cyclist — a bike yet to be found on the retail floor.
In an unparalleled partnership, three global design firms – IDEO (Palo Alto, CA), Yves Behar and fuseproject (San Francisco, CA) and Ziba Design (Portland, OR) – have each paired with accomplished custom bike builders to push the boundaries of what a modern utility bike can be. The 2009 debut of the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge featured twenty-nine bicycle frame builders representing seven states across the nation. Builders presented best solutions to a transportation style bicycle, putting their entries to a rugged road test and under the scrutiny of a panel of seasoned bicycle experts. More than 5,000 people viewed the twelve winning solutions exhibited in the Oregon Manifest pop-up gallery in Portland, Oregon’s downtown Pearl District. The winner's of the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge were awarded, as well as three incredible designs from collaborations with constructors with IDEO, Fuseproject and Ziba Design.