A Season of Lessons, Pt II

Summarizing a 10-month season of racing is complicated, but in an effort to take you all along with me through 2023, I’m going to try. Events like Mid South in mid-March now seem so distant compared to the more recent sweltering heat of Foco Fondo in July.  Now it’s December, and I’m deep into prepping miles for the 2024 season. My brain wanders while on the trainer: What is it that defines a season as a success or a failure? Is it really either-or, or is it neither-nor?

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A Season of Lessons Pt 1

For the last 10 months, I have been racing professionally in CA, AZ, OK, CO, NE, KS, and AR. My TrailDonkey tells the story of long, dusty miles and many lessons learned. This is the first year I have raced full-time and it has been an enlightening experience. More than a tool for fitness, a bicycle is a teacher. The lessons are usually tough and sometimes take more than one confrontation with challenges. I entered the season wanting to dive deeper into the sport than ever. Over the season, I’ve grown as an athlete physically, mentally, and professionally. I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned so far in 2023. I can’t wait to see what new lessons the next season will teach me.

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Robididn’t: Open Range Tornados

I experienced a wide range of emotions after standing on the podium at Unbound. Climbing up there and fulfilling a long journey of hard work and sacrifice filled me with elation. However, it also left me with a lingering question of “what’s next?” The following four days were mostly filled with snacking and sleeping as I basked in achieving my biggest goal of the year, only touching the bike to clean it.

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Naked means Naked with TD4.

Traildonkey 4, TD4, Naked unidirectional carbon fiber,

We’ve offered “Naked” frames at Rodeo for a long time, but naked has never really meant NAKED, because practically speaking carbon bikes are often not precise enough to show in their naked state. There are almost always small aberrations and flaws in a frame once it leaves the mold, Those are mostly covered with putty and then paint. Some sections of the weave or layup come out smooth and those may be clear coated, but very few bike companies will offer their frame in its visually naked state because clear coat doesn’t only show the beauty of carbon fiber, it also shows the abnormalities.

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TD4 production / delivery update

TD4, Traildonkey 4.0, White Rim trail.

Its been five months since we announced Traildonkey 4.0 (TD4) at Philly Bike Expo. The response that the bike received and continues to receive from our community and customers has been thrilling to all of us here in Denver who have been at the genesis of its creation.

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Bike Gear Database: Switch Up Donkey

Bike Gear Database took notice of the Switch Up 2.0 TD4 build that we completed recently and sent us over a bunch of questions about the bike. The Switch Up concept uses clever, easy-to-use hydraulic couplers which allow for swapping flat bar to drop bars in about ten minutes or less. The couplers also allow for traveling with TD4 builds that use the fully integrated / internal routing option that the platform supports. If not for the couplers it would not be possible to adequately take apart and pack an integrated routing bicycle which is something that ALL integrated bikes on the market today potentially suffer from. We are happy to report that we’ve solved the problem and the results speak for themselves! Check the article for details.

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Bikepacking.com // TD4 and the industry conspiracy

Bikepacking.com kindly invited our senior intern to share some thoughts on our new TD4, it’s history, and how we came to be where we are with the bike’s evolution. Stephen took the opportunity to have a wink at the way the bike industry develops bikes, and the skepticism often seen from consumers when a new bike debuts. If you’re interested in hearing where Rodeo and our bikes come from, have a hop over to bikepacking.com for the full read.

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Integrated Routing: Yes, No, and why?

Integrated Routing TD4

Integrated bars, stems, and headsets are all the rage in the cycling industry right now because they allow companies to design sleeker, prettier bikes, and many people love riding sleeker, prettier bikes. Our new Traildonkey 4.0 platform is fully compatible with integration if you chose to go that route. But should you build your TD4 (or Flaanimal) with an integrated cockpit? That is a decision to weigh carefully before you take the plunge.

But first, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page with terms.

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