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A Sad Day for DENNY.

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that the DENNY bike will not be moving into production.

In 2014 TEAGUE took on a challenge to design and build the bike of the future. The DENNY bike went on to win the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project, and the ultimate prize: a production run sponsored by Fuji Bikes.

Fans from more than 150 countries across the globe cast their vote for DENNY. After winning, the most important thing to us was collaborating to produce the bike that you voted for—a bike for the people, voted on by the people.

The DENNY bike won the Bike Design Project because it offered the very features that avid and would-be bicycle users want that the cycling industry doesn’t currently provide. Throughout the process we were prepared to compromise on features, so long as the production bike remained true to the spirit of the original DENNY concept. Unfortunately, because some of the DENNY features were so innovative and pushed what is possible to produce today on so many levels, manufacturing restrictions have made mass production, at this time, impossible.

We, along with our partners—Fuji and Oregon Manifest—put our heart and soul into this project. After two years of development, to say we’re disappointed would be an understatement. We also know this is a huge disappointment for DENNY fans, and for that we’re sincerely sorry.

Challenging the status quo is the only way to spark change—it’s our hope is that the legacy of DENNY will carry forward in future products that make cycling an easier choice for potential riders.

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DENNY Launching at Interbike 2016!

At long last!!!! We’re super happy to tell DENNY fans, and the world, that the DENNY Bike will officially launch at Interbike 2016 in September! Price TBD. During the next six months on this site we'll share the story behind the making of DENNY—detailing all the blood, sweat and tears (lots of tears) that went into making the DENNY concept a real world product. To all the DENNY fans out there, we want to THANK YOU for your patience, your enthusiasm, and your overwhelming support! 

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DENNY Bar concept to production prototype.

After meeting with Fuji and some of Fuji’s other partners during Interbike 2014, it became clear that there were some significant roadblocks to the production version of the DENNY bike. Mostly these issues centered around compatibility with standardized components.

After meeting with Fuji and some of Fuji’s other partners during Interbike 2014, it became clear that there were some significant roadblocks to the production version of the DENNY bike. Mostly these issues centered around compatibility with standardized components.

From the very start of the Bike Design Project we wanted DENNY to look and feel like an everyday bike--we designed with production in mind, but not for production specifically--that was never part of Oregon Manifest’s criteria. After winning the competition, the road to production turned out to be a bit longer and a bit bumpier than we could’ve ever imagined!

Looking back on the original build of DENNY it’s fair to say we took significant liberties with the design and engineering of the bike. It’s common for designers to work this way on a prototype--if you only have to make one thing, you focus on making that one thing work. In the production world, making something work is just the first step. The next step is figuring out how to make it work within the standards of a production line. DENNY’s locking handlebar design is a prime example of what happens when a concept design is introduced to the real world.

The concept handlebar worked because it was bespoke--it was a custom-machined creation that was incompatible with any standards, meaning it didn’t work with any off-the-shelf brake levers, gear shifters, bike lights, or any other handlebar mounted accoutrements. This handlebar solution worked perfectly for the DENNY prototype, but as a production product it was difficult to service and ridiculously expensive to produce. It had to be completely rethought.

All-in-one integration worked great for the prototype, but necessities of production and established bike laws in the global market meant that the original design had to be scrapped and a new design had to be built from the ground up.

All-in-one integration worked great for the prototype, but necessities of production and established bike laws in the global market meant that the original design had to be scrapped and a new design had to be built from the ground up.

Starting over but keeping the same function of the original, the new DENNY handle bar is smarter, stronger, and has the potential to be compatible with any bike.

Starting over but keeping the same function of the original, the new DENNY handle bar is smarter, stronger, and has the potential to be compatible with any bike.

To make the bar a success in production it needed to use a standard stem and accept standard brake levers. Using standard brake levers meant we had to have a short section of tubing for them to clamp onto which wasn’t too big of a deal. The stem on the other hand was a engineering hurtle. The concept DENNY Bar used the stem as the lock and established the pitch of the bar on the steering tube. We had to engineer an entirely new locking mechanism that fit inside the handle bar itself and then find a way to have the two halves of the handlebar interlock with a round tube that was holding the brake levers.

In May of 2015 we had solved the engineering problems and created the second generation of the DENNY Bar that was displayed at MakerFaire San Francisco. After sketching new concepts, playing in CAD and printing numerous 3D models, we had a new and promising direction for the u-lock handlebar that was stronger and much more production friendly; the new design works with standard components. Success! We were so excited that our legal team marked the occasion by filing for patents on this creation. Consumer feedback at MakerFair and in private showings at InterBike later that year provided great feedback:

  1. The bar is too heavy

  2. The bar is not very comfortable

  3. It would be great if standard grips could be used instead of bar tape

Being designers, this feedback inspired us to create a third prototype! We’ll tell you all about that in our next post.

The handlebar was one of the most popular features of the DENNY concept, and one of our personal favorites. It was important to us when designing for production that we maintained the original spirit of the handlebar: a fully removable handlebar lock that could also be used as a lock while still attached to the bike stem.

Stay tuned for our next post where we take you further down our journey to bring these goals to production.

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DENNY Update

We want to apologize to DENNY fans for the silence these past few months. We created this website as a platform to share the next chapter of the DENNY story with DENNY fans and the world. And we’ve done a terrible job. 

It’s been almost two years since we kicked-off the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project along with four other amazing design firms from across the US. We detailed both the highs and lows of our journey on Fast Company’s Co.Design website; it was an exciting and challenging adventure for us, a project that sat right at the intersection of the two areas we’re most passionate about: travel and technology.

DENNY captured your hearts and your votes last July, officially winning the Bike Design Project competition and its reward: Fuji would make the DENNY concept real with the promise of launching the DENNY bike in 2015. 

As 2015 comes to a close Fuji is not quite ready to launch DENNY, but we know they've made some great progress—we know that Fuji is currently prototyping and testing the frame, and that they’ve been working on refinements to the basket and the lights to meet regulations for worldwide distribution. As far as we know, the “e” component of DENNY has not be resolved. While we were only ever meant to design and deliver a concept as part of the competition, we’ve spent the last year working to realize the DENNY handlebar. Some of you may have seen the latest iteration at Interbike in the Interlock booth. To date, we’ve designed and patented a universal product, the DENNYbar, that could work on the DENNY bike as initially intended as well as any other bike, but we’re still looking for a manufacturing partner. Will be sharing the story behind created the DENNYbar on this website beginning next month. 

We’re sorry we don’t have better news. Or even more news! We’re excited to see DENNY making some progress and for Fuji to share the story behind the making of DENNY in 2016! Subscribe to receive updates in the footer! 

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DENNY is a Fast Company Design Award Finalist!

We're super happy to announce that the DENNY Bike is a 2015 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award finalist! As everyone knows, we're currently working with Fuji to bring the DENNY bike to life. We can't wait to share that story with DENNY fans and the world! And we can't thank you guys enough for your patience! It's been a long path to production, but we're getting there. More updates coming soon! 

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