Ideo & Rock Lobster Win Oregon Manifest Utility (Electric) Bike Design Competition

Ideo-Rock Lobster electric bike

Here is a concept electric utility bike from a collaboration between Ideo (design firm) and Rock Lobster Custom Cycles (bike frame builder).   This is the bike that recently won the design competition for the Oregon Manifest People’s Choice award.

Here is a little info about the competition “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.”

And a here is why the Oregon Manifest exists “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.”

Some of the design features I like are:

  • The batteries are “hidden” in the 2 top tubes
  • Quick release front rack that can be changed to accomodate other cargo carrying accessories
  • Built in lights
  • Leather accessories and wood fenders

Here is a link to more info about this bike.  Here is a link to all of the bikes in the competition. Enjoy!

What do you think?  Do you like this design?  What would change?  Please leave your comments below.



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