The Donkey Returns - Rodeo Adventure Labs TD3

Traildonkey 3.0 by Rodeo adventure Labs

In its third major overhaul, the storied Traildonkey returns. Originally launched in 2014, Rodeo Labs developed the carbon adventure bike as a do-it-all adventure machine, capable of everything including bikepacking, gravel racing and road group rides. For the TD3, Rodeo is highlighting its improved tire clearance, refined frame design and loads of mounting points.

Colors and Sizes

Color options include Pine Cone, Bleaux Tre, Charcoal and Naked. “Naked” color is 3k carbon fiber weave with a gloss clear coat suitable for painting or for customizing with decals. Four sizes are available for the Traildonkey: 52, 54, 56, 58


There were no geometry changes between Traildonkey 2.0 and Traildonkey 3.0. However, to prioritize off-road performance on 650b, the TD3 has a slightly higher BB. The frame does have a generous slope to its top tube, which lowers stand over height and makes the bike much more fun on trails. It also makes the frame adapted for dropper posts when built as a trail bike.

Tire Clearance

3.0 boasts clearance for 2.25” tires on Rodeo 650b rims, and clearance for 2.0” rims on their Rodeo 700c wheels. 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 are visible in the design. Rodeo also refined the dropout design, brake housing routing, flat mount brake mounts, and derailleur housing routing.


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 through 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.

Spork 2.0

Traildonkey 3.0 and Spork 2.0 were developed in tandem to work together as a single system. Spork 2.0 matches TD3 tire clearance and adds additional versatility in the form of integrated dynamo hub, headlight, and USB stem cap integration. Spork 2.0 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 (available February ’19), which allow for a massive range of rando racks, low rider racks, fenders, and combinations thereof.

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.
— Rodeo Labs



Frame Material Toray T800 carbon fiber
Country of manufacture Taiwan
Design / Tooling 100% proprietary
Frameset rider weight limit 250lbs, 113kg
Frame weight 58cm 1350g raw, 56cm 1300gr raw, 54cm 1250gr raw, 52cm 1200gr raw. Hardware 70gr.
Routing options Mechanical, Di2, eTap. Convertible or cappable endcaps.
Brake Standard Flat Mount disc brakes. Post mount adapter compatible.
Bottom Bracket T47 threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell
Seat Post 27.2mm
Seat Clamp 31.8mm (6066 aluminum clamp included)
Through Axles 12mm x 142mm rear. 15mm x 100 front. Front convertible to 12mm with optional conversion kit.
Headset 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered integrated cups (FSA Orbit ITA included)
Fork Rodeo Spork 2.0 / Carbon adventure fork
Fork offset / rake 45mm
Fork length 396mm
Fork eyelets 2 mid leg eyelets per fork blade. 2 eyelets on each blade near axle. Optional offset eyelet kit.
Fork crown bolt Not included. 85mm length typically needed for lights / racks
Fork max load 12.5kg total loaded fork weight (independent of rider weight)
Fork weight Average 600g
Dynamo routing Internal. Frame and fork. Front and rear light, USB stem cap, dynamo hub compatible.
Dropper post Full internal routing for both internal actuation and external collar actuated posts.
Drivetrain 2x or 1x drivetrain compatible. Removable front derailleur mount.
Crankset Max 50t / 34t 2x chainring. Max 53t 1x chainring. Micro compact 32 / 48 compatible.
Tire clearance 650b Min recommended tire 40mm. Max recommended tire 57mm / 2.25″. Varies by tire / rim / conditions
Tire clearance 700c Min recommended tire 25mm. Max recommended tire 50mm / 2.0″. Varies by tire / rim / conditions
Derailleur hanger Aluminum, replaceable
Di2 battery position Downtube, custom mount (supplied)
Fender / Mudguard mounts Frame and fork. Max 65mm at 700c. Removable seat stay mounting bridge.
Bottle mounts 2 on inside main triangle. 1 on outside lower down tube. 1 on upper top tube. 2 on fork.
Rack mounts Frame and fork

Build Templates 

Rodeo Labs offers multiple build templates for customers to choose from, with flexibility on component selection and sizing to meet each riders needs. Custom paint options are also available. The Rodeo Labs Traildonkey 3.0 frameset is available in four color combinations for $2,650 and will start shipping in February. Suggested builds start at $4472.00 (Shimano 105).

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