In attempt to keep our customers and supporters as up to date as possible we will be updating this page with current known and estimated lead times for our products. As always, please do contact us if we can be of assistance or if your order has been adversely impacted. For 2022 we’re starting the page with a blank canvas. Generally speaking conditions in the bike and manufacturing sectors have not improved, and supply of raw materials, production time, factory capacity, and shipping capacity are all quite strained. We continue to advocate quite hard for the completion of our products that are in the manufacturing pipeline, and we’re dedicated to delivering every bike as quickly as possible.
We’ve a bit more info to post so lets dive in. But before we do that a word of caution that Covid numbers are at 70k per day now in Taiwan. They are basically getting the Omicron wave we got in the USA back in January. Factories are still open but they do have more incidence of employees calling out sick than is typical.
FL50 2022 frames. This is the updated schedule we have from the factory. Normally we would never be this granular with production schedules, but it seems transparency is the best approach here so this is what we know right now. As you can see they are behind, but compared to 2021 not as behind as last year so that is encouraging at least. It is worth noting that we never have paint delays with Flaanimal because it is raw ED coated with a layer of clear coat. So when production concludes we’ll plan shipping straight away.
16th May—Completed the welding processing of rear triangle
17th May—Our QC manager will check the spec first, if there is no problems, we will start the ED black processing
20th May—Completd ED black
25th May—Completed the cutting processing of chromoly seat tube
26th May—Start the bonding processing of carbon tube on headtube and seat tube
2th Jun—Completed the bonding processing
TD31 Red Pine (2021 very late frames): Mostly done. They said they could be ready to ship this week but we haven’t gotten notification to schedule transport yet.
Proof of life photo. This was last week before decals were applied and final clear was sprayed.
TD21 2022 frames: We will update more as we get these 2021 Red Pine frames out of Taiwan as it seems the 2022 frames are waiting behind these last frames at the paint shop.
Thanks all! We know this isn’t easy and we’re trying hard to advocate on your (and our!) behalf. We had a number of cancellations last week from people who couldn’t wait and although we hate it when people cancel we just want you to know that we will honor refund requests immediately if people ask. The trust that people have shown us and continue to show us can never be taken for granted or put in jeopardy.
We haven’t had a huge amount of factory info come our way in the last week but we owe y’all an update so we’re posting what we have:
Flaanimal 2022 frames: Currently having head tubes welded on. This is not where we need to be so we’ve asked them to complete the pre-order frames in a small advance batch before completing the remainder of the frames. Our hope is that with this smaller batch they can wrap it up sooner and we can get it shipped sooner. We’ve asked for a shipping ETA and they have replied that they will create an estimate and get back to us “shortly”.
TD31 2021 Red Pine: We’ve sent a stern note that they are very behind and very silent on these. We expect a response shortly.
TD31 2022 frames: Still wrapping up production and heading to paint after that. We expect Naked to be somewhat easy to finish without hassle. We expect typical turbulence on painted frames. We’ve also asked for an ETA on these.
If you’ve got a frame in our custom queue please know that we are Cerakoting custom and standard color TD3.1 (2021) and Flaanimals in house at as high a velocity as possible. Our booth has been a lifesaver and our crew here has been amazing as well. Liquid paint continues to be done out of house and is moving slower, but we are in direct contact with all of you liquid paint people with updated timelines.
Just a reminder: We ARE shipping quite a few bikes every week. So even though this page is delay oriented, it’s important to highlight that the whole crew here at Rodeo has been building and shipping bikes at record levels this year. Every bike matters. Every customer matters. Thanks for hanging with us!
We’ve been shipping Naked 2021 final frames for the last week and a half at max pace and it’s great to see so many people finally getting their Donkeys. If you are still waiting for yours read on about the status of the remaining 2021 (Red Pine) and upcoming 2022 (Naked, Green Mountain, and Arctic Sunrise) frames.
Red Pine 2021 TD3:
The painters updated us today that they are chasing down pinholes on a few frames which is holding up the group. Frames are pushed through paint in batches and if a single frame has to be held up for QC the whole batch must wait, which is why these Red Pines are so delayed.
What is a pinhole? A pinhole a tiny point in the 3k carbon weave where the resin doesn’t fully fill the space between the fibers. There are a number of factors that contribute to this, but suffice to say this has been a thorn for us and is something we’re working hard behind the scenes to solve and prevent on future frames because of the delays that it causes.
Pinholes are cosmetic, not structural in nature, but nobody wants to have a frame with one, and we must persist until we remedy them.
2022 TD3 frames (all colors)
With 2021 frames still not being fully delivered we can imagine 2022 people saying to themselves “is my 2022 frameset really going to be that delayed? Short answer: No, but they are definitely behind schedule in paint.
The good news is that we don’t anticipate the frames being anywhere near as delayed as the 2021 frames, but the outlook seems more like paint will conclude late May for Naked frames and some time in June for Arctic Sunrise or Green Mountain frames. Behind the scenes we’re applying as much pressure as we are able to move them along as quickly as possible, but beyond that, in this environment that is the most we can do. For customers who are disappointed: We understand and we deserve that disappointment. All we can do is apologize and work with any impacted customers to plan workarounds or adjustments to their order as needed. If you need to take any action on your order based on these timelines please do get in touch and we are here to help.
Quick update that we retrieved 2021 TD3 Naked frames yesterday and delivered the first frameset today. Builds and shipping will resume next week as we QC, build, decal, and prep. More Naked 2021 will leave Taiwan on the 25th, and Red Pine will follow at the end of the month.
(2021 Naked) Donkeys landed in SFO today. Denver ETA is 04-20 evening which would mean we may be able to pick them up as early as 04-21.
2021 Red Pine) Donkeys: More delay developed over the weekend. There are two frames that need revision and the painter won’t complete final paint on any frames until ALL frames are ready to paint together. Yes, this is very frustrating, but this is how these contractors work: All or nothing. They are telling us new completion date is now April 29th.
D3.1 remaining 2021 frames (not 2022). Almost every Naked frame has left Taiwan and depending on flight schedules will arrive in Denver next week for shipping, building, painting, etc depending on what you ordered.
Red Pine frames and the remaining small quantity of Naked frames are due to be completed on the 16th still so if all goes smoothly they will all catch another flight next week and be here late next week or the early the week after.
If you’re reading between the lines here you’re noting that we’ve flown ALL of these frames in. Some customers very graciously paid for air freight to make sure theirs came quickly, and there were just a small number of ocean freight frames to ship in this batch, but because the frames are so late we just couldn’t bear to put these frames on the boat for 60 more days, so we flew in the balance of the frames via air at our expense.
2022 TD3 and Flaanimal frames: These are moving a bit slower than we wanted when we projected April completion but all things considered they are faring much better than the late 2021 frames. We had some scary moments with raw steel billet for the dropouts being unavailable, and another emergency with head tubes being unavailable – which we flew in from Japan last minute to claw back some time the schedule. We’re telling any new customers that order right now not to expect anything until June, but we’re hoping to wrap up pre-order frames in May and will do everything in our power to get them to Denver quickly once they are completed in Taiwan.
TD3.1 remaining 2021 frames (not 2022). We received a paint update today: Most Naked frames are complete and are being boxed up now. Some 52cm Naked needed another round of cosmetic QC so they aren’t read to ship now, but the plan is for them to be complete and shipped with all of the Red Pine frames on April 16th.
We are working on arranging shipment for the complete frames now and will post updates as we finalize those details and have the timelines for shipping secured.
We’ve got another TD3 update from the factory today. (And FYI this isn’t an April Fool’s update).
Forks were clear coated today and are on the rack for QC. Taiwan has a (very inconvenient for us) Qinming Festival from April 2nd to the 5th, so we expect framesets to be boxed up closer to the 7th or 8th.
We’ve requested an exact update on painted frames and will post that as we get info.
March is wrapping up and we’re all asking the same question: Will the new estimates hold?
We’ve had a positive update that Naked frames are complete and ready to go, and are waiting for the QC report on forks which is due on the 31st. If that is positive all will be assembled (frame hardware, fork hardware) and they will be ready for shipment.
Painted frames have more layers so they are slower to complete than these Naked frames, but we can’t underscore how good it is for the overall schedule that these Naked frames are essentially done because it means that fames are ready for those extra color layers of paint to be added.
More as we have it.
Flaanimal Ti: Flaanimal Ti orders are shipping smoothly, but they are media blasted and Cerakoted one by one so that adds a few days to a week on average to frameset shipping times.
Flaanimal 5.0 standard Cerakote: Concrete Orange framesets and builds have almost all shipped. Other colors are proceeding through coating presently with no issues (other than the fact that they are painted by hand and take time!). We expect to have more colors delivering to colors in about a week based on transit times back from our second coater (who is in the Midwest). Our secondary Cerakote applicator is extremely professional and motivated, and they are getting faster with every batch of frames. Bringing them online has taken time, but the results are now paying off.
Traildonkey 3.1 (2021 late frames) are currently in paint and we received an update this morning that they are expected to be completed “around the end of March” which to us sounds intentionally vague. The issue reported is that the order ahead of us in the paint shop had issues and delays which caused our order to sit while they complete that order, which is due to happen on March 18th. We are quite aware that it probably sounds like we are stringing customers out with reports of constant delay after delay, but the purpose of this page is to relay information that we receive as well as we can, no matter how good or bad. We are very (painfully) aware of how these delays are affecting customers and are applying every pressure at our disposal to try to motivate our supplier and push these frames to conclusion.
It’s been a couple of weeks since our last update so here is the latest on a product by product level:
Flaanimal 5.0: We’ve delivered a huge number of framesets and complete builds since our final (very late) 2021 shipment arrived on Feb 4th. More builds and shipments are happening every day. We’ve got two new people in our service course in order to speed up builds and shipment as much as possible.
Spork 3.0: No more delays to report. Available for immediate shipping.
Flaanimal Ti: No delays to report. What is listed on the site is in stock for framesets or full builds.
Traildonkey 3.1 (late 2021 batch): This batch is dragging on which is quite stressful to both us and our customers who are waiting. Delays in putty QC on a few frames meant the whole batch had to wait for those to be completed to be scheduled for paint. This means we lost our scheduled spot in the paint shop. The next scheduled opening is March 1st for paint. If things go well it takes two weeks in the paint shop for our frames to be completed. So at the earliest we are looking at March 15ish for frames to be ready to leave Taiwan. This is a very fluid situation and we feel the weight of each and every customer who is waiting for their frameset or bike. We are committed to advocating for these to be completed and delivered as quickly as possible.
Explorts Bibshorts: We expect now stock to arrive middle of March
Slow Gravel Kit: If things go well they will arrive in Denver early March, but they will arrive no later than late March.
Custom paint / Cerakote: After a very slow month of custom deliveries we’ve been working with customers to find solutions to their scheduling needs on a case by case basis:
- For those customers with complex paint or Cerakote their projects must stay at Flux because Flux executes complex layouts at the highest level.
- For standard color Cerakote Flaanimals we are handling that work separately in batches. The first batch to go to the paint booth are Concrete Orange and those are in-process right now. We expect a week or two turnaround on those.
- We have completed our own in-house Cerakote booth and are using it to expedite certain orders on a case by case basis, mostly one or two color Flaanimals or Flaanimal Ti projects.
- Some customers who do not wish to wait have opted to chance their orders to Naked + Decals so that they can ride their bikes sooner. For any of those customers we have refunded any custom paint deposits.
Sporks arrived and are in-hand at The Lab. What a win! We’re immediately at work:
- Shipping totally naked (no decal) Flaanimal 5.0 and fork frameset combos
- Decaling and shipping Flaanimal 5.0 framesets
- Allocating our first shipment of frames to our newest Cerakote application partner whom we’ve been getting up to speed with over the last few months in order to speed up are custom finish queue. The first shipment that will go in the booth are 5.0 Concrete Orange frames. We will update on the 2nd batch as we get the first batch completed.
- Shipping out all Spork 3.0 pre-orders in our shipping queue.
Thanks for the patience!
Spork 3.0: We’ve got confirmed space on a flight from LAX tonight so we should have more news tomorrow. We do have a significant snow event in Colorado today so hopefully that won’t impact things tomorrow.
From shipping broker:
Sporks 3.0: We were told they would be in Denver on Friday, and we were advised that they had landed and cleared customs on Friday. Then yesterday they said that they were in transit to the ware house for pickup in Denver and pickup notice was imminent. Now this morning they have informed us that they’re still at LAX airport because of LAX airport congestion. We’re all a bit shocked around here especially because we relayed the original date of Friday to our customers. So we’ve done our best to insist they get the forks to Denver overnight, and they said that they would try. Here’s a screenshot of the email because, at this point, if we were a customer we would say “are you kidding me or are you telling the truth?”
So… forks are definitely in the US, and so close to being here, and yet they aren’t here. This is the world we live in now. 2022 is looking a lot like 2021, but with more shipping congestion. We will keep doing our best to push as hard as we can to get our products landed and delivered. More updates once forks are on-site at The Lab here in Denver.
FL50 have been picked up from the airport and are at Rodeo HQ. We only now need the Sporks to arrive so we can start shipping and building the last batch of the 2021 frames.
Drive side Flaanimal derailleur hanger sliders have also arrived which will help us move out FLTi orders and ship any derailleur hanger backorders. Those frames are also waiting for the same Sporks to arrive.
Spork 3.0 are still on track for January 28th arrival as long as flights aren’t delayed.
For 2022 production FL50 we’ve got some less than stellar news on the raw materials side that could delay the April 2022 frames until June. This situation is still very fluid so we are working hard to find a way to mitigate that. It is worth putting the info out there now so as to be as transparent as possible. The last thing we want to do is disappoint people with late bikes in 2022!
Great news. The remaining 2021 Flaanimal 5.0 frames have ARRIVED at the Denver shipping depot. There is currently a small blizzard ongoing so we may need to pick up tomorrow, but they have in fact arrived and we are thrilled for every victory we can report.
Flaanimal 5.0 and Flaanimal Ti:
- We ran out of sliding drive side dropouts last week which caused shipments of both platforms to grind to a halt. Normally this would never be an issue and we’ve always planned to have excess stock of dropouts, but our supplier is two months late on dropouts and now we’re dealing with the consequences. The good news: We already have more sliders en-route via FedEx and are projected to arrive this week.
- We also ran out of Sporks this last week. This also shouldn’t have happened, but it did, for a number of inane reasons. The good news there is that we’ve already completed plenty more forks and have already arranged transport. They are due in Denver on January 28th.
So, pending the arrival of both of these essential parts we’ll be back on track shipping Ti and steel framesets right around January 28th. We aren’t sitting still in-house. We’re all hands on deck media blasting all of the Flaanimal Ti frames on order so that they are ready to box or build when the sliders and forks arrive.
We know that we are getting close to the estimated cargo ready date of January 28th for TD3.1 so we reached out last week for a production update at the factory. We were finally alerted last night that the frames are not yet complete. They are through putty and prep but waiting in line at the paint shop in Taiwan. Paint seems to be our nemesis in 2021 and now 2022. We are attempting some delicate negotiations to try to gain priority in the paint shop schedule but don’t have anything concrete to share from those efforts yet. We will update this page as we do have more to share.
Things like this WILL keep happening in 2022. We’ve planned our production schedules carefully and we’re getting better at anticipating disruption to supply chain, but we know that more curve balls will happen this year that will require a tremendous amount of determination and creativity to overcome. Thanks for bearing with us.
We got a nice batch on time last week and used every for towards shipping fork backorders and bikes. We were due another shipment this week but it looks like it will be delayed and arrive next week due to… you guessed it: delays in the paint shop. Once this shipment arrives we don’t expect to have any more fork availability issues in 2022.
We expected frames this week so we reached out to our freight forwarder yesterday. Freight forwarders are the agents that actually move your cargo through ports and onto trucks, etc. They responded this morning that due to Port of LA congestion the cargo moved through the docks and warehouses absurdly slow, but it was put on a truck on Monday and will now arrive in Denver on the 26th. Now that the frames are ON THE TRUCK to Denver, we expect the date of the 26th to hold.
This is the first update of the year and for now we’re only going to cover remaining 2021 products that we need to deliver, as no 2022 products are late or due to arrive for a few more months at least.
TD3.1: Our December batch was bumped in the paint shop in Taiwan and is no due to be ready to ship to Denver at the end of January 2022 if QC completes smoothly. We are quite regularly pushed out of our place in production queues overseas because big brands have more leverage to push their projects through more quickly and in front of small brands. This probably won’t change much in 2022 and will continue to introduce unpredictability in our supply chain.
Flaanimal 5.0: Our remaining 2021 frames have cleared Port Of LA and are en route to Denver. We don’t have an exact arrival date in Denver and have no control of the pace of transport from LA to Denver. We will simply be notified when they are ready to pick up in Denver and we are hoping for right around the middle of January based on previous shipping timelines.
Custom Paint: There are plenty of people in the custom paint or Cerakote queue with existing orders. Turn time on new custom paint projects is probably about four months out, and all of our painter’s energy is going into catching up with the backlog of existing projects. They are working as fast as possible without cutting corners on quality. We’re working to add Cerakote capacity to our workflow in particular in order to speed up our standard color projects and leave the complicated custom projects with our local partner where they will be best executed.
Spork 3.0: We expect supply to improve dramatically in 2022 and we have a shipment landing in Denver right around the middle of January. We expect to not go out of stock on forks for the entirety of 2022 once this shipment arrives.
Fender bridges for frames are now in stock. If you need one or have an overdue order that hasn’t shipped yet please reach out so we can rectify that.
Generally speaking our customer service is pretty overwhelmed with email volume right now but we’re putting in extra time to get caught up. Covid cases have affected our office just like everywhere else and keeping everyone safe and properly quarantined when necessary is a priority.