16 Dec Rodeo Adventure Labs
Here at Bicycle Innovation Lab HQ it goes without saying that we are fans of new cycle-related technology and innovations, but we are not necessarily limited to promoting bicycles that solely offer great alternatives to the automobile. We’re also for the enjoyment of riding regular drop bar road / gravel / adventure bikes…purely for enjoyment.
One company we believe is really pushing some new and exciting boundaries in the gravel and adventure bike scene at the moment is Rodeo Adventure Labs. The small Colorado-based company currently only produces two bikes, however they are both incredibly unique and forward thinking. First, Flaanimal 4.1 is their more affordable adventure bike – made with tried and tested Reynolds 725 steel (arguably some of the best steel in the business) complete with a full carbon fork, or ‘Spork’, as Rodeo themselves have so affectionately called it. And then there’s Traildonkey: their full carbon, lightweight, high-end, do-it-all adventure machine.
Flaanimal 4.1 steel framesets in three available colourways.
Each of these spectacular bikes offer exceptional craftsmanship and future-proof features throughout. For example, not a lot of bikes on the market at the moment are currently offering the unique sliding rear dropout-feature as seen on Flaanimal. This feature could very well become more prevalent on so called ‘do-it-all’ bikes in the near future. In the words of Rodeo Labs themselves, this feature offers “a huge range of gearing, axle, drive types, and braking options”. They essentially allow the rider to customize their wheel radius – tighter & more nimble for road riding for example, or a wider radius for more stability when riding off road, or carving down steep hills at high speeds etc. Not to mention ease of adjusting wheel and drivetrain alignment.
Both Flaanimal and Traildonkey are highly adaptable bikes which can easily be used for road riding with smaller 28mm slick tires, or simply make use of their massive frame and fork clearances by swapping the wheelset for some with wide tires – up to 45mm at 700c and even 50mm on 650b (yes…50mm clearances will be seen on the forthcoming Flaanimal 5.0 due out in March 2020 – same size as the current Traildonkey). “Normal” frame clearances on road and city bikes comparatively are usually nowhere near the 45-50mm range. Clearance of anything above 45mm as seen on the forthcoming Flaanimal 5.0 will make it essentially the only steel bike we know of in existence today that is able to fit tires this huge. Next, the “interchangeable dropout routing system” of Flaanimal allows the rider to adjust their bike for many types of riding setups. This unique feature on the Flaanimal can transform the frame from let’s say a mountain bike setup complete with straight bars, to a simple single speed commuter, to an aggressive road style bike with drop bars and multiple gears and front & rear derailleur. With a few additional of components and some tweaking here and there, the possibilities seem almost endless.
An example of Rodeo Lab’s ‘Spork’s HUGE fork clearances for fitting large, much more comfortable tires.
For those not familiar with benefits of riding (off road, mainly) with larger tires such as 35-45mm for example – as can be fitted on these Rodeo frames: firstly, and perhaps most importantly, using larger tires allows you to run much lower pressures than would normally be possible on a more common frame. Regular clearances and narrow tires are typically way down in the 23-28mm range. Riding bigger tires allows you to lower your tire pressures significantly, thus often dramatically increasing rider comfort level, allowing for a much more plush and forgiving ride especially on bumpy gravel or dirt roads. This significantly improves the off-road experience and makes it possible to spend longer periods of time in the saddle without too much discomfort. Secondly, when riding on roads with less than favourable conditions mud and dirt can easily become caked on to your tires (see photo above) or on the insides of your fork and frame, thus rendering the wheel essentially inoperable sometimes as it’s physically unable to turn.
Both Flaanimal and Traildonkey are available as complete bikes with a vast range of customizable groupsets and components based on rider level, personal preference and of course budget. Framesets (frame & fork, bottom bracket and headset also recommended) are available too for those who would prefer to build a bike themselves with their own components.
Traildonkey 3.0. Rodeo Adventure Lab’s full carbon, do-it-all adventure bike.
We are excited to announce that Bicycle Innovation Lab is the sole distributor for Rodeo Adventure Labs products for Denmark. For ordering simply get in touch with us! By purchasing a Rodeo Labs bike through us you’ll get discounted access to our workshop membership plus all the support and spare parts needed to build your own Rodeo Adventure Labs adventure bike.
NB: Rodeo’s older stock such as 2018/2019 Flaanimal framesets for example are currently discounted by roughly 250USD (approx 1600DKK), but these probably won’t last long so please give us a holler soon if interested in placing an order.
Bicycle Innovation Lab is also planning social group rides in 2020 for both road & gravel weekend rides in and around Copenhagen – more info to come.
Read more about Rodeo products on their extensive website: https://www.rodeo-labs.com/ and drop us a line with any order requests or questions about products at firstname.lastname@example.org