Rodeo Adventure Labs announces the fourth iteration of its versatile steel adventure frameset, the Flaanimal 4.0…

Posted by Logan Watts

Denver, CO based Rodeo Labs’ Flaanimal 4.0 is a multi-use steel frameset designed and with versatility and adventure in mind. Now in it’s 4th iteration, Flaanimal has been the product of non stop refinement by Rodeo. According to Rodeo, “Flaanimal is meant to be built and ridden any way that you like. Each of its primary design details are intended to leave key decisions about function up to the owner. With large tire clearances, interchangeable dropouts, and completely configurable shifting and braking routing the frameset is not locked into specific categories. As each rider’s personal style and tastes evolve Flaanimal is designed to evolve along with them.”

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike
  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

The Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0 features a Reynolds 725 frame which Rodeo claims uses refined tubing and machining in order to add features and still drop the overall weight from the 3.0 model. Rodeo specifies that builds will be available in the 19 to 23 pound range depending on exact spec.

Flaanimal 4.0 also offers a combination of internal and external routing options. On the main down tube all routing is done internally through brazed and reinforced internal routing ports. Rubber endcaps allow for several brake and shifter cable routing options including the possibility of 100% internally routed Di2. In addition, ports can be capped to seal out the elements… and speaking of weather sealing, each Flaanimal is fully electro plated inside and out in an anti-rust coating.

Alongside the Flaanimal redesign, Rodeo updated its Spork to version 1.2 which includes internal dynamo hub and USB stem cap routing points. According to Rodeo, “Flaanimal 4 is now the only steel gravel/adventure frameset on the market to come standard with a fully carbon, fully rack mountable, dynamo hub compatible fork.”

  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike
  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike
  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

Rodeo Labs flaanimal 4.0 Features

  • Plenty of water bottle mounting points: 3 on frame / 2 on fork
  • Gates Carbon Drive compatible and certified design with new stainless connecting insert on seat stays
  • Interchangeable sliding dropouts allowing for 12mm x 142 through axles, flat mount brakes (a Flaanimal exclusive)
  • Single speed specific dropout option
  • Alfine and Rohloff internally geared hub dropouts (also compatible with flat mount brakes, a Flaanimal exclusive)
  • Compatibility with third party post mount brake and quick release dropouts in 135 spacing
  • Pump peg for full frame pumps
  • 27.2 seatpost
  • EC44 tapered headset with offerings available from Cane Creek, Chris King, White Industries, FSA, and others
  • 700c x 45mm and 650b x 47mm ready
  • Machined and color matched aluminum head badges
  • Standard 68mm BSA English Threaded bottom bracket shell

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike
  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike
  • Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0, adventure bike

The Flaanimal 4.0 frameset will be available in sizes between 52 and 61cm in three colorways: Pine Cone, as shown in most of these photos, as well as Bleaux Deaux and the brown and orange Chocolate Creamsicle. Flaanimal 4.0 will go on sale later this week with the frame/fork starting at $1350. Fully custom and complete bike builds will also be available. Framesets will begin shipping mid January with delivery options from late January to the end of February. Learn more on the preview at Rodeo-labs.com, and stay tuned for the product/purchase options and more details later this week…

  • Valtteri

    Looks great. But about the claim “Flaanimal 4 is now the only steel gravel/adventure frameset on the market to come standard with a fully carbon, fully rack mountable, dynamo hub compatible fork.”

    Have they not heard of Specialized? https://www.specialized.com/fi/en/sequoia-pro-module/p/128934?color=240192-128934

    Niner RLT9 also comes close but I’m not sure about the internal dynamo wiring

  • Alex Hillis

    Entry level Sequoia comes with a steel fork, maybe that’s why they don’t consider it standard. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    RLT doesn’t have internal dynamo routing.

  • Valtteri

    Maybe, but as far as I know the only Sequoia frameset they sell is the Pro Module which comes with a carbon fork.

  • Alex Hillis

    I am one of the Flaanimal 3.0 crowdfunders and couldn’t be more stoked with how 4.0 came out. 3.0 is already a great bike – the weight doesn’t bother me, all my bikes are steel – and I can’t wait to swing my leg over the creamsicle 4.0 headed my way.

    For anyone considering the 4.0, Rodeo (Steve) has been super transparent and great to work with through the whole crowdfund, production, and redesign process on the Flaanimal. I’m super happy to see the final product and hope everyone buys one :)

  • Does the carbon Sequoia fork feature dynamo integration? If so we can change the verbageon the site.

    You can put a dynamo hub on any fork and route the wiring externally with zip ties and / or tape. When we talk about dynamo integration we are talking about internal routing for the dynamo headlight and additionally up through the crown and steer tube to allow for USB stem cap / chargers.

  • Valtteri

    Yep
    FORK – Specialized FACT carbon, tapered, internal light cable routing, flat mount disc, water bottle/rack/fender mounts

  • Good to know! Thanks for the heads up. Had a look around Google Image Search for a while until I found an image with a link to a forum post. We had actually already revised the page earlier from that earlier copy so no need to correct anything on the site. Cheers.

  • Valtteri

    By the way that double hole thing for dynamo in the fork crown looks really good. A lot cleaner than an exit port under the fork crown. But it might get obstructed by fender or front rack, like this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b85325c36f1f54413b3d8a754f4ead8cde4ddc92e0d5e5cb1a1aa99a32252f0d.jpg

  • A few spacers between the rack / fender hardware and the crown of the fork will open up the space required to sneak the wire by in the resulting space.

  • recurrecur

    Anyone have any thoughts about the long-term durability of the split seat stay for the belt drive?

    I’ve seen a number of pictures of broken rear triangles on the Soma Wolverine, which has a similar design. I’m wondering if it’s a fault of that kind of design, or a fault of Soma’s manufacturing.

    I love everything about this bike with the exception of that split seat stay.

  • We haven’t had any issues on any Flaanimals, including at the belt drive connector area. If we do we’ll stand behind the frame and take care of owners. I’m sure Soma also takes care of it’s customers in a similar manner. We believe strongly in creating a frame that is super adaptable and many people requested the Gates Carbon Drive option while we developed the bike so we are happy to include it. When people see a feature or design detail that they don’t like on our frame we’re happy to listen and even point them at a competing frame that might better suit their goals or needs. It is impossible to create a bike that pleases everyone, but we do believe that the right bike for everyone is out there somewhere either on the open market or through a custom builder.

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