The Traildonkey Story
Now in its 6th iteration, Traildonkey has upped its capabilities to match our ever growing ambitions. In the last 10 years, our eyes for rugged conditions have only gotten bigger and the punishment we’ve subjected the bike to has only gotten more severe. Rodeo wanted to create a more capable bike, but did not however want to turn Traildonkey into an overbuilt, drop bar mountain bike. Wanting to stay true to the original principles of the bike, it was necessary 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.
The entire 4.0 has gone through a full blank sheet redesign. New Monocoque carbon layup, more tire clearance, tons of mounting points, sliding dropouts, full cable integration, and a snazzy storage box.
More Capable, Just as Sleek
In order to achieve even greater tire clearances, extensive and careful shaping was required in the design of the rear triangle. The updated dropout design also makes it more capable to fit a larger tire in, while also being able to change the handling of the bike. The result is the same tire clearance as the Flaanimal frame; 700×2.1 and 650×2.4.
If you want a super clean looking bike, Rodeo Labs made the frame capable of having fully integrated cables and housing. The only housing that will be seen is where it exits the frame at the brake calipers and rear derailleur.
TD4 features extensive mounting options for long-distance travel and bikepacking, 23 to be exact. This means you can run a custom frame bag that mounts directly to the frame.
T47 Bottom Bracket
Rodeo was one of the first bike manufacturers to standardize all of their framesets around the threaded T47 bottom bracket standard. The removable bottom bracket cover on TD4 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. 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 Trail Donkey is available in a few “Naked” options, with coloured decals, and a few different paint options. As well as full custom paint options with Cerakote or Liquid Paint (for additional charge).