Readers’ Rides: Chris’ Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey


Readers’ Rides: Chris’ Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey

It’s Friday and that means it’s another Readers’ Rides feature. This time, we look at Chris’ Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey, with a pretty wild parts spec. Chris supplied all the build details so let’s check it out below!

A friend of mine suggested that I send these photos to you of my new bike build. I just finished this bike the other day. This is a Rodeo Adventure Labs ‘Trail Donkey’ that has been built with my own selection of parts.

The goal of this build was to build a bikepacking- worthy gravel bike that I could use on long multi-day routes like VTXL and The Colorado Trail. It’s been built for toughness, reliability, and the ability to carry gear over rough terrain!

Frame: Rodeo Adventure Labs ‘Trail Donkey’
BB: Chris King T47, Matte Mango
Headset: Chris King Dropset, Matte Mango

Seatpost: Cane Creek eeSilk
Saddle: Brooks England Cambium Carved C17, Chris King Edition
Handlebars: PNW Coast, 48cm
Stem: Whiskey #7, 60mm
Bar Tape: Silca Nastro Cuscino, Orange
Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M9100

Front Derailleur: Ultegra FD-R8000 braze-on
Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX RD-810
STI Levers: Shimano GRX 11spd
Cranks: Cane Creek eeWings Allroad, Rainbow Edition
Chainrings: Absolute Black Gravel 2X 32/48 Oval
Cassette: SRAM 11-36 11spd
Chain: SRAM

Hubs: DT SWISS 240 EXP, 28h
Rims: Reserve MTN, 28h
Nipples: Sapir, Orange
Tires: Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge (F), Oracle Ridge (R)
Rotors: Shimano RT-M800 (CL), 160mm


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