Made in Vietnam

Bamboo bicycles carrying a green message

Known as a brand of green vehicle made by Vietnamese, Trevi Bike has not only conquered the domestic market, but also appears in the markets of the EU and US.
With a desire to contribute to protecting the environment and creating a green and useful vehicle, Trevi Bike was born in 2018 by Nguyen Van Tuyen, the founder of Hay Bike, an electric bicycle producer in Vietnam.

Although Hay Bike reached significant achievements in the market, the founder nourished a dream to reach out to foreign markets.  Tuyen said that after a long time doing research and his dream of a “made in Vietnam” bicycle brand name for the international market, they selected bamboo as a material to produce the bicycle’s frame.

Trevi Bike bicycles are made from solid bamboo trees treated with modern technology to be force-resistant, flexible and durable in any climate. According to Tuyen, the bamboo of Vietnam is one of the best of its types in the world. This is especially true of the bamboo grown in the provinces of Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh. In Vietnamese culture, bamboo accompanied the development of the nation as a symbol of the Vietnamese which refers to resilience, flexibility and tremendous strength.  

Processing bike frame material. Photo: Trevi Bike

Checking the technical figures of a bicycle frame. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP

Assembling frames of bicycles at the factory. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP

Assembling balance bicycles. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

Made from bamboo, Trevi Bike products still ensure the criteria of normal bicycles
which also are green vehicles. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP

Trevi is the name of a famous square in Italy. However, it is an acronym of Tre Viet (Vietnamese bamboo). According to the founder of Trevi Bike, Vietnam has to import a lot of expensive products while its exports have low costs, including export products made from bamboo. They would like to make a high-end product to earn money for Vietnam.

Tuyen also said that a showroom in Berlin is the total representation of Trevi Bike in the EU. Besides the showroom, the company has targeted the Netherlands as its potential market. The country has 17 million people and they use 21 million bicycles. The Dutch say that they are born on bikes. They love playing sports and protecting the environment so Trevi Bike chose that country to expand their market after Germany.

Trevi Bike products. Photo: Trevi Bike

A showroom of Hay Bike products. Photo: Trevi Bike

A Trevi Bike showroom in Hanoi. Photo: Trevi Bike

Trevi Bike bicycles are on display at an expo in Hanoi. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP

Trevi Bike has provided the first team of the Sportclub, Heerenveen, in the Netherlands new bicycles for travelling from Abe Lenstra stadium to the training accommodations of the club. SC Heerenveen also wrote on its page “Trevi Bike is a bamboo bike made in Vietnam and created with the eco-green lifestyle vision with hope of contributing to the sustainable development of the world.”.

In 2019, a showroom of Trevi Bike was officially launched in Berlin, Germany. Another also appeared in 2020 in Vancouver, Canada and a showroom is set up to operate in 2021 in the US.

 Story: Thao Vy        Photos: Thanh Giang        Translated by Nguyen Tuoi

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