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…

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