Traildonkey 3.1 is our premiere adventure bike platform. Originally created to transport us across Colorado’s roads and trails in 2014 the bike has since evolved into one that that has raced and prevailed at the highest levels of gravel racing and bikepacking worldwide. Silk Road Mountain Race, Tour Divide, Unbound 200 and XL, Mid South, Atlas Mountain Race, Transcontinental, Arkansas High Country Race and more incredible races are all on the podium achievements list of this capable bike. And for those that don’t race, Traildonkey 3.1 is simply a capable, fun platform to build into whatever suits your personal riding goals.
2022 frames are due to be completed and ready to leave Taiwan in April of 2022. The remaining 2021 frames available for ordering are due to be completed at the end of January 2022. We now offer expedited air shipping ($150) which brings the frames from Taiwan to the USA in about 5 days compared to approximately 50 days for ocean transport frames. Due to unprecedented strain on bicycle production supply chain we ask that people only pre-order if you understand that delivery dates are subject to forces beyond our control. Our bikes and frames routinely sell out and by pre-ordering you allow us to put your name on your frameset – and if ordering a complete bike you allow us to gather your parts well in advance so that the minute the frame arrives we have everything we need to build and deliver your new bike quickly.
Frameset vs Complete Bike
Framesets and complete bikes may be ordered through a simple checkout process below. If you would like to customize your build we are happy to adjust any standard build that we make with your request to make your bike fit and perform better for you based on your goals. To get started with a custom build please purchase your frameset below to reserve the frame then complete the custom build form with any info you can provide. We will get in touch soon after and walk you through the rest of the process.
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What if there were no bicycle categories? What if nobody had told us that we needed a different bike for each day of the week and every different riding surface?
What if a bike was neither good nor bad at anything? What if, instead, it was merely a capable tool for testing yourself and proving your own mettle?
To Rodeo Labs these are not abstract questions. They are the inspiration by which we design and engineer our premiere bike: Traildonkey 3.1.
TD3 is a platform on which a rider can build a bike of supreme function and versatility. The spectrum of its abilities ranges from pavement to singletrack to gravel, and everything in between.
The Traildonkey Story
Now in its third major iteration, Traildonkey has upped its capabilities to match our ever growing ambitions. Since 2014, our eyes for rugged conditions have only gotten bigger and the punishment we’ve subjected the bike to has only gotten more severe. While we wanted to create a more capable bike, we did not however want to turn Traildonkey into an overbuilt, drop bar mountain bike. We wanted to stay true to the original principles of the bike which required that it feel at home in the intensity of a competitive road group ride, a 200 mile gravel race, a winding ribbon of singletrack, or a multi-day bikepacking trip.
TD3 is not only an exercise in increasing capabilities, it is also an exercise in restraint. The lines of the frameset have become more elegant and the execution of the details has become more focused.
The entire 3.0 rear triangle, from the seat tube back, has been completely redesigned. Over the years we’ve formed some strong opinions on what makes a great bike. We’ve woven those ideas into this frameset. High on our list of improvements for TD3 was increased tire clearance. Our newest Donkey has that in spades. On Rodeo 650b rims with a 24.5 mm ID a 2.25″ (57mm) tire will fit on TD3. On Rodeo 700c rims with a 24mm ID a 2.0″ (50mm) tire will fit on TD3.*
More Capable, Just as Sleek
In order to achieve greater tire clearances, extensive and careful shaping was required in the design of the rear triangle. Pronounced asymmetry between drive and non-drive side stays can be clearly seen in our design. We also took the opportunity to refine and simplify the dropout design, brake housing routing, flat mount brake mounts, and derailleur housing routing. When wireless eTap shifting is used on TD3, no residual housing protrusions are seen on the frame. This results in a beautiful, minimal aesthetic. Both 2x or 1x drivetrains work equally well on TD3 and when 1x drivetrains are used the front derailleur mount can be removed. Rack and fender mounting eyelets are once again standard on TD3 on both the frameset and fork and now feature larger clearances for fender / tire combinations.
TD3 features extensive mounting options for long-distance travel and bikepacking. On the rear triangle we include eyelets on the upper stays and just above the rear thru axle dropouts. On the main triangle, the frame features two bottle mounts on the main triangle as well as one mount beneath the lower down tube. The top tube includes two mounting points for top tube bags or a standard water bottle cage.
Built for the Long Haul
TD3.1 doesn’t pay lip service to strength and durability. When we upped the technical capabilities of the bike we were careful to also increase strength in critically stressed areas. In both lab and real-world testing TD3 is leaps and bounds stronger than any previous Traildonkey frameset. So many modern bikes are engineered with a disproportionate emphasis on light weight. We believe that the arms race to shave grams has resulted in a reputation for carbon framesets as fragile, almost disposable. With TD3 we have created a frameset that will reliably serve its owner over the long term and we back it with a lifetime warranty. Our engineering culture is to integrate an excess of strength into the frameset; to create a frameset that will stand the test of time on road, gravel, and trail.
Traildonkey is constructed with Toray T800 carbon for high strength and high performance in real world use. Each frame is constructed entirely by hand in Taiwan by a manufacturing partner with over 30 years of high-end carbon manufacturing experience.
T47 Bottom Bracket
Rodeo was one of the first bike manufacturers to standardize all of our framesets around the threaded T47 bottom bracket standard. The removable bottom bracket cover on TD3.1 features a drain hole which allows water to escape the frame in wet conditions. The result is a quiet, low-maintenance bottom bracket experience for every owner. It was one of the best spec decisions that we’ve ever made. The threads allow reliable, quiet operation over the life of the bike, and the 47mm shell allows compatibility with all crankset spindle diameters while also leaving room for internal Di2 and dropper post routing.
The Traildonkey 3.0 used the 2.0 series Rodeo Spork fork. Spork 2.0, which we designed for Traildonkey 3.0, checked all of the functional boxes, but the visual profile of the fork was out of balance. Enter Rodeo Spork 3.0. Spork 3.0 carries forward the key features of Spork 2.0 such as full carbon construction, internal dynamo routing, adaptable axle spec, and configurable eyelet options, and brings it all together in a slimmer, lighter package. Traildonkey 3.1 will change to 12×100 front thru axles but retain the ability to convert to 15×100 if your build requires it.
Traildonkey 3.1 and Spork 3.0 were developed in tandem to work together as a single system. Spork 3.0 matches TD3.1 tire clearance and adds additional versatility in the form of integrated dynamo hub, headlight, and USB stem cap integration. Spork 3.0 features mid-leg eyelets allowing expanded water and 12.5kg of gear carrying capability. Spork also features two axle eyelets on the end of each leg and an optional offset eyelet hardware kit, which allow for a massive range of rando racks, low rider racks, fenders, and combinations therein.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Traildonkey’s lifetime warranty covers the performance and durability of the frame and fork and warrants them against deficiencies in design, engineering, and construction to the original owner of the frameset as long as they own the bike. Our owners are family and we take care of them long term. Read our full warranty terms here.
|Frame Material||Toray T800 carbon fiber|
|Country of manufacture||Taiwan|
|Design / Tooling||100% proprietary|
|Tire clearance 650b||Max width: 57mm / 2.25″ | Min. recommended width: 40mm | Varies by tire / rim / conditions|
|Tire clearance 700c||Max width: 50mm / 2.0″ | Min. recommended width: 30mm | Varies by tire / rim / conditions|
|Frame weight||58cm 1350g raw, 56cm 1300g raw, 54cm 1250g raw, 52cm 1200g raw. Hardware 70gr.|
|Fork||Rodeo Spork 3.0 / Full carbon adventure fork|
|Fork weight||Average 600g|
|Cable routing||Mechanical, Di2, eTap. Convertible or cappable endcaps.|
|Dynamo routing||Internal. Frame and fork. Front and rear light, USB stem cap, dynamo hub compatible.|
|Brake Standard||Flat Mount, 140mm front & rear|
|Bottom Bracket||T47 threaded, 68mm width|
|Dropper post||Full internal routing for both internal actuation and external collar actuated posts.|
|Seat Clamp||31.8mm (6066 aluminum clamp included)|
|Thru Axles||12 x 142mm rear. 12 x 100mm front. Front optionally convertible to 15 x 100mm.|
|Headset||1-1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered integrated cups (FSA Orbit IS included). IS52/40 lower, IS 42/28.6 upper.|
|Chainring compatibility||2x: maximum 50 / 34, minimum 46 / 30.|
1x: maximum 53t
|Front derailleur mounting||Braze-on, removable.|
|Rear derailleur hanger||Aluminum, replaceable|
|Di2 battery position||Seatpost Di2 mount|
|Fender mounts||Frame and fork. Removable seat stay bridge. Max 65mm outer fender width at 700c. M5 bolts.|
|Bottle mounts||2 on inside main triangle. 1 on outside lower down tube. 1 on upper top tube. 2 on fork. M5 bolts.|
|Rack mounts||Frame and fork. Optional offset eyelet kit available for fork. M5 bolts.|
|Fork mounts||2 mid leg eyelets per fork blade. 2 eyelets on each blade near axle. Optional offset eyelet kit. M5 x 10mm bolts. supplied for water bottles and similar loads. For heavier loads use M5 x 20mm bolts (not supplied).|
|Fork crown bolt||Not included. M6x85mm length typically needed for lights / racks / fenders. Use a washer to protect mating surface.|
|Fork cargo capacity||27.6 lb / 12.5 kg total cargo weight, evenly distributed|
|Headset spacer max height||4cm between headset and stem|
|Frameset rider weight limit||250 lb / 113 kg|
|Frame size||52 cm||54 cm||56 cm||58 cm||61 cm|
|Seat tube (C-T)||460||480||500||520||550|
|Top tube length (effective)||535||545||560||580||605|
|Chain stay length||435||435||435||435||435|
|Seat tube angle||73||73||73||72.5||72.5|
|Bottom bracket drop||65||65||65||65||65|
|Head tube length||120||145||160||175||207|
|Head tube angle||69.5||70||71||72||72|
|Stand over height at center of top tube, 700 x 38mm & 650b x 2.1″||761||785||818||827||854|
|Stand over height at center of top tube, 650b x 47mm||751||775||808||817||844|
|Dimensions listed in millimeters and degrees unless otherwise indicated.|
General Sizing Guidelines
|Frame size||Rider height|
Traildonkey 3.1 can be ordered either as a frame and fork module (at the top of this page), or as a complete bike. Soon we will add online purchasing for any of the complete bikes detailed below. In the meantime, we recommend pre-ordering a frameset to stake your claim and we will follow up with you directly to work through the details of your Traildonkey’s build. Feel free to send in a build form in addition to your pre-order to get the ball rolling: BUILD FORM
Every complete bike is built to order in-house and, because we can source from a wide range of components, we are proud to offer a huge range of pre-configured and fully custom builds. One of the build configurations listed below might suit your needs exactly. Or, it could be the starting point for further customization if you have specific components you’d like to see on your Traildonkey.
Click any of the sections below to collapse / expand for easy spec comparison.
COVID-19 update: we are continuing to see disruptions to availability of specific components within the U.S. As a result, the exact specs and price may vary from what are listed below, but we will always get your approval on any necessary substitutions prior to beginning your build
Our Traildonkey 3.1 Apex1 build is one of the most popular builds that we do. We’ve added the Ratio 12 speed conversion kit to this build to make it even more versatile. A SRAM Eagle 10-50 cassette ensures gearing for any conditions you encounter. The Apex1 groupset is proven reliable over a wide range of conditions. The Easton EA50AX cockpit and Easton EA70AX wheelset are designed around gravel and adventure riding and the Praxis Alba crankset shaves weight off the standard Rival offerings.
$4635 for complete, assembled bike.
|Model||Traildonkey 3.1 + Spork 3.0|
|Handlebar||Easton EA50 AX|
|Stem||Easton EA50 / 7D|
|Headset||FSA Orbit ITA|
|Headset comp. plug||Included|
|Seatpost||Easton EA50 / 20mm SB / 27.2|
|Seatpost clamp||Rodeo 6066|
|Saddle||Rodeo / WTB Volt|
|Bar Tape||Black EVA|
|Front Shift / Levers||SRAM Apex1 HRD|
|Rear Shift / Levers||SRAM Apex22 HRD|
|Rear Derailleur||Sram Eagle / Ratio 12 speed|
|Crankset||Praxis Alba X|
|Chainring||Praxis DM 1x / 42t|
|Bottom Bracket||Praxis T47 / 68mm / external / M30|
|Chain||SRAM 11s, silver|
|Brake Caliper Front||SRAM Apex HRD / flat mount|
|Brake Caliper Rear||SRAM Apex HRD / flat mount|
|Brake adapter Front||Included|
|Brake adapter Rear||Included|
|Shift housing / cables||Black|
|Brake Lines / Hydro||SRAM hydro|
|Axle Front||Rodeo Thru Axle / 12 x 100mm|
|Axle Rear||Rodeo Thru Axle / 12 x 142mm|
|Rim Front||Easton EA70AX / 700c or 650b|
|Rim Rear||Easton EA70AX / 700c or 650b|
|Tire Sealant||Orange Seal|
|Tire front||Panaracer GravelKing SK 700x38mm|
|Tire rear||Panaracer GravelKing SK 700x38mm|
|Rotor front||Shimano RT70 / centerlock / 160mm|
|Rotor rear||Shimano RT70 / centerlock / 160mm|
|Cassette||SRAM 10-50 Eagle|
TD3.1 frame bag templates.
If you are working with a custom bag designer to create perfectly fitted bags for your Traildonkey’s main triangle, please send the designer one of the frame size specific PDF templates linked here. PDFs are to scale in millimeters so measurements can be taken from the file or a printout of the file.