We recently caught up with the crew from Rodeo Adventure Labs who were visiting us from Denver for a gravel event. It turns out that they were not only here to race, but to connect with a few local "Rodeoers" who had purchased their bikes in the past and part of the small but growing Rodeo community. We reached out to Stephen to see if he would be up for connecting, and decided to meet up at Rouleur Brewing Co for an evening of bikes and beer.
There is certainly something special about what this small bicycle brand is doing, and that's what attracted us to them in the first place. A unique dedication to the community and craft of adventure cycling, building impressive, great looking multi-use steel and carbon framesets. We took a closer look at the Flaanimal 4.0, their latest steel adventure bike offering, in the Pine Cone colorway. This particular model is the XT Di2 / TRP Hylex RS / 1x build.
The Flaanimal 4's interchangable sliding dropouts allow for a huge range of gearing, axle, drive types, and braking options. The frameset comes standard with sliders for the most common build configurations.
- Standard 9 – 10 – 11 speed road and MTB derailleurs
- 12mm through axles
- Flat mount disc brakes
Rodeo has developed a highly versatile fork called the Spork, developed for both the Traildonkey and Flaanimal bikes. It’s features a stout design, generous clearance, internal dynamo routing, and plenty of rack mounts that allow it to be adapted to a variety of uses.
EC90 SL crank and Panaracer Pasela 700x35c tires shown below. The frame allows for tire clearances up to 700 x 45 and 650b x 47.
The Flaanimal 4.0 allows for Di2 wires to be run fully internal on the frame to further streamline the appearance of the complete bike and to protect Di2 wires from the elements, a feature we loved.