Last May 28 – june 5, one of the pillars of KawayanTech, Hecky Villanueva, represented the Philippines at The BiD Network Week 2010 in the Hague, Netherlands. During this week he connected with potential investors, other  SMEs, coaches, experts and other business people. Hecky also got the chance to present KawayanTech’s business plan in front of  a jury  during the event “Growing SME’s- IT’S TIME TO INVEST!”, an international marketplace and SME focused conference. Overall, it was a week full of learning, exchanging experiences and networking.

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“Electric eric”

KawayanTech has come up with its own Electric Bamboo bike aptly named The Electric Eric.

Years ago, when the partners of KawayanTech were much younger, Eric Cadiz was hit by lightning on top of Mt, Makulot in Cuenca, Batangas. He was knocked unconscious and he had to be carried down the mountain. The swiss knife he had on him at the time when he was hit looked like it was welded. His pants had a rip on the side reminiscent of how kids draw lightning. Eric survived that ordeal and the UP Mountaineers started fondly calling him Electric Eric.

Eric took the lead in developing this product as such we have named this model The Electric Eric

It is the first electric bamboo bike in the Philippines and it had its first ride on September 21, 2010.  With an average speed of 21 kph, it performed well on its 42 km trip from Lipa to Taysan and back.

The Electric Eric 350 watt electric bamboo bike


Eric Cadiz with his electric eric bamboo bike


The 350 watt Electric Eric poses with the 650cc Suzuki Gladius.


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Adobo on Kawayan features Kawayan Tech

Ana Gonzales of recently featured Kawayan Tech on their homepage., based in the United Kingdom, is one of numerous online initiatives by Filipinos worldwide to spread Filipino culture and heritage.  Thanks Ana!

Check out their website.  They’re also on Facebook.


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KawayanTech online

Kawayan Tech has been cropping up in the online world courtesy of friends and colleagues.  The plugs, dear friends, are much appreciated.

David Greenfield, Elite Bicycles head honcho, visited Manila recently for a speaking engagement and gamely posed with KT’s Boy Siojo for this memorable shot with a black bamboo bike frame.

Bim Legisniana of Dispatch Magazine Online or dispatchmagonline featured Kawayan Tech recently. Check out the pictures of our single fixie bike.

Lastly, urbanist, artist, UNICEF ambassador, and trendsetter Daphne Osena-Paez blogged about the KT bike that her husband, ABC5 news director Patrick Paez, recently acquired and set up.  With a Brooks saddle seat to boot, the bike is a beauty.

Patrick’s bike. Photo from Daphne Osena-Paez’s blog


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shirts for the environment

designed by Beth Siojo, visual artist, triathlete, ultramarathon runner.

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ride for Cory!

In honor of the first death anniversary of our beloved President Corazon C. Aquino, Kawayantech participated in the “Ride for Cory” bike event last sunday August 1st. Organized by the Cory for Carewell Cyclists, we rode around the Ortigas-Bonny Serrano-EDSA-Connecticut loop with other bikers for the benefit of the Carewell Community who provide education, support and hope to persons afflicted with cancer and their loved ones.

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Kawayantech at NAHBS 2010

From the pages of the recently concluded North American Handmade Bicycle Show which was held in Richmond, Virginia from Feb. 26-28,2010

Note: John Climaco is a partner at Kawayan Tech which is made up of 5 members of the UP Mountaineers, namely Hecky Villanueva, John Climaco, Eng Chan, Eric Cadiz and Boy Siojo. John went to the NAHBS to represent Kawayan Tech at the show. Eng Chan made the frames that were on display at the show.

Bamboosero – Bamboo Heroes

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by Paul Skilbeck in 2010 News

The bamboo is a beautiful, dark hue. The bamboo tubes are immensely round and the bike doesn’t even protest.

It would be redundant to say that these bikes are organic, but besides being visually obviously made of bamboo, some of the bikes looked almost like they had vertebrae – particularly one of the bikes made in the Philippines by John Climaco for Bamboosero. The joints are svelte, and bamboo bikes today range from cargo bikes to competitive race-winners.

The goal of the Bamboosero is to provide livelihood for people in developing countries and to establish an ongoing business. Bamboo grows both in the Philippines, where John Climaco  worked, and Ghana, where Suzanne worked. Suzanne heard about the bike project, and was extremely enthusiastic to draw it to her region.

- Erik Lokensgard

Photography:  Enrique Dominguez

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from a biker’s point of view

Jong Narciso(, a veteran outdoorsman and seasoned mountainbike racer, shares his thoughts on a kawayantech bamboo bike.

Feb 6, ’10 12:23 AM

Kawayan Tech has finally produced a bamboo bike frame all made here in the Philippines. From local bamboo gathered here in the country, a mountain bike frame was meticulously handcrafted.

Luckily enough I knew the visionary guys at KawayanTech and they were nice enough to lend me their very first prototype. After two weeks of riding the bike on the road and trails of Manila, I knew that I had to have one.

The Frame
First off I want to remind you guys again that I was riding the prototype. The guys at KawayanTech are already planning on improvements on the frame as I write this down.
The bamboo for the frame was sourced here in the country. At first look the frame looks elegant with clean lines. Geometry is standard cross country mountain bike.

The frame is 97% bamboo with only the critical parts that has metal on it. Like the head tube, bottom bracket and the dropouts. To make it more natural the frame is held together with abaca twine.
The first thing you will notice though, or for me are the big bamboo “tubes”. They remind me of all mountain rigs or dirt jump frames. But KawayanTech told me that at first they were kind of scared of frame failure so they overbuilt and made a frame with oversized bamboo. Production models would have smaller diameter bamboo with the same strength as the big ones the prototype.

It takes almost half a year to make one bamboo frame. Attention to details and treatment of the bamboo is necessary. So a bamboo frame is really special.

The bike I rode had a mish mash of components. The front was equipped with a Suntour XCR fork. For the roads, my wheels were Mavics with size 2.0 slick tires. But for the trails there was Sun Ringle Single Tracks with Gazzalodi tires. The 2.1knobby tires were a tight fit and I have to trim some parts of the knobs. As you well know I like big tires, so hopefully the people at Kawayan Tech would have a wider tire clearance for the production model

The Ride
The prototype frame was a tad big for me. It was a size 16 and I like size 15s for my rides. Top tube was a bit long too with a length of 55cm. But after having a go on the trails with the bamboo bike, I am now rethinking my sizing. The bike is a sweet ride. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun riding a hardtail bike.
For the past few months before I got the bamboo bike I was riding a full suspension rig. I was used to soft and flexy rides. The rumor was a bamboo bike is very flexy. Well after riding the bike to work and through the trails of Maarat, I think it felt more like riding a steel hardtail. The wheels were not washing out all over the trail. The frame was very responsive to every pedal stroke. Although I felt that the frame was stiff and rigid. Amazingly enough it felt that the bamboo was absorbing the bumps and chatter of the road and trail. Making the ride on the bike was pleasant and comfortable

The bike was also ridden on the Red Trail of Philip’s Sanctuary at the Pestanos Farm. It handled the jumps well and the frame was able to take the abuse. The bamboo bike was easy to rip into the berms and twist in the corners. It also felt stable in the high speed descents.
Overall the bike felt great and I think it wouldn’t be just limited to the streets and easy trails. This is a bike made for everything. A true mountain bike. The only problem now is that I want one.

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some of the bikes we have built

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KawayanTech on Probe TV

Kawayan Tech was on Probe TV a few months back. Check out the video here.

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