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Seattle's bike chosen winner in design contest

Published August 4, 2014
The 'Denny' will be manufactured by Fuji.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Teage X Sizemore's Denny bike has been voted the winner of a design contest sponsored by Oregon Manifest and Levi's.

Voters chose the design from the Seattle, Washington, design firm as "the ultimate urban utility bike." Designs from five design firms from around the country were the finalists, and were featured on last week

"We brought these teams together to explore from the ground up new options for the everyday rider," said Shannon Holt, Oregon Manifest's co-founder. "The results of their efforts have been met with extraordinary enthusiasm from an international audience, demonstrating that the public is more than ready for great design solutions in the commuter category."

The Seattle firm Teague designed the bike; the prototype was built by framemaker Tony Sizemore. They called the collaboration "Teague x Sizemore." The team said it aimed to create a design that would be able to endure the unpredictable terrain and climate of Seattle. The bike features integrated security, safety and convenience features for the everyday commuter. 

Features include:

Removable handlebar lock system
Quick stop handlebar lock system
Automatic gear shifting
Electric power assist
Integrated storage as part of the frame
Removable battery for easy charging
Minimal fender design that removes water from the tire
Fully-integrated turn signals, headlight and brake lights
Auto-on lights that react to natural light conditions
Safety lights that flood light onto the road around the bike

"We're very impressed and proud of what the other firms achieved with their bikes, and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Taylor Sizemore on our 'Denny' bike," said Roger Jackson, the creative director at Teague. "The fact that this was a public vote means a lot to our team, so we're super excited to reward those voters by working with Fuji to refine the 'Denny' and bring a great biking experience to market."

"We're thrilled with the amount of attention and enthusiasm The Bike Design Project has gotten, and are excited to work with Teague x Sizemore to send this bike to production, " said Karen Bliss, Fuji's vice president of marketing. "The Denny features exactly the kind of innovations we had hoped would come from these collaborations, and we anticipate its success on sales floors across the U.S. introducing and reintroducing people to the joy, convenience, and simplicity of riding a bike."

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