Land Run 100 Rides: Rob’s Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0

The Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0 is what the people want in an all-road bike. The people who want provisions and braze-ons for racks, even on their carbon fork. Ample tire clearance, belt-drive compatibility, and sliders, with a geometry tuned for the long haul, without riding like a tourer. It’s easy to see why these bikes are so appealing to dirt road racing contingency, with all those aforementioned details, and it’s why Rob chose one to race at this year’s Land Run 100.

Last year, Rob finished Dirty Kanza as DFL, with literal seconds left on the clock and this year, he looked towards Land Run as prep for the DK. From Fort Worth, Texas, driving to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the event was the perfect weekend escape and a worthy shakedown ride for his Flaanimal 4.0.

I like his use of the Redshift stem, Sinewave Beacon, Wolf Tooth B-Rad double bottle cage system and the Panaracer Gravel King tires. Yep. That’s one capable rig, ready to roll Rob over the finish line, with plenty of time to spare.

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  • barry mcwilliams

    I’m super into these bikes – and that Spork is on my shortlist for updgrades to my Stinner.

  • recurrecur

    I can’t count the ways I love this bike.

    I would love to hear some thoughts about the B-Rad bottle adaptor with this style of bike/riding.

    • It seems like it solves the problem of carrying water without wearing a hydro pack quite well.

    • Robert Franklin

      It worked well, and let me keep the 3rd bottle off the downtube so I didn’t have to worry about mud & cow shit getting on it. The offset also makes it a little easier to work around the frame bag.

      • recurrecur

        Thanks – I was looking at the B-Rad exactly because I thought it would help with a frame bag.
        Did you get any leg rub or other interference with your pedal stroke?

        • Robert Franklin

          No leg rub, & no interference. It looks close, but it works. The best sign: mud on my shoes, but no mud scraped off on the bottle cages.

  • Ben Reed

    Ugh, a DK Breakfast Club patch. Just brutal.

    • I would argue that a breakfast club patch is more difficult to earn than a beat the sun patch. It’s a badass medallion

      • Yeah, I think he’s saying what a rider has to go through to get this patch is brutal. :-)

        • Robert Franklin

          I love that about the culture out here… the encouragement heaped on the 50-miler who finished after 13 hours and the awesome prize (I9 hubs, I think) heaped upon the DFL 100-miler. My friend riding her first century after a kidney transplant. The lady stage 3 cancer survivor riding her first century ever. Me, I guess… the diabetic keeping the wheels turning after scary hypoglycemia before mile 20. On those red roads, fast or slow, every single person has a story.

        • You’re right. Tired eyes from travel. Either way I want a breakfast club patch some day!

  • Austin from Austin

    I was geeking on this bike Friday night so many killer details.

  • Renee

    I’d love to hear what folks think of that Redshift stem! I’ve been debating putting one on my DK200 bike…

    Also, love the details on that seat tube. What a gorgeous bike!

    • Robert Franklin

      First impressions after Land Run.

      It’s definitely not suspension. I think the most important thing suspension does is help keep your tires in contact with the ground… it doesn’t help there. For the first few minutes it felt a little disconnected and disconcerting on loose gravel in turns. I got used to it pretty quick, though.

      It is a bit heavy, but it would help a lot if you struggle with hand numbness or fatigue on long rides. For me, I that’s not a problem on gravel centuries. I think I’ll save it for something stupid long, like DK200 or back-to-back long days.

  • Robert Franklin

    Dude… my bike’s on ProllyNotProlly… I mean the Radavist!

    Seriously, man. It was nice to meet you. Thanks for coming to LR.

  • Peter Chesworth

    Yep that’s just the whole package. Front end especially – Dynamo + carbon + holes to screw things into it like racks and big old fashioned canvas panniers. Another bike built for fun and for extending the tendrils of one’s life.

  • boomforeal

    so suspension stems are a thing again?

    other than the funny angle on the cockpit, this is a really nice looking bicycle

    • Robert Franklin

      re: the stem, there were definitely jokes about the 90s wanting their elastomers back.

      Good eye. The cockpit got some adjustment before the ride; it was shot immediately after it rolled out of the shop for some last-minute work. However, it’s still a little “funny” to keep it comfortable on long days.

      • Can you adjust the angle on a Red Shift on the fly?

        • Robert Franklin

          The stem angle is just like any other. A +/-6 degree stem is always that until you put enough load on it to get it to absorb a bit. The only adjustment different than a normal stem is swapping the little blocks of elastomer inside the stem to tune how hard/soft you want it to be. I guess you could do that on the fly with an allen wrench (remove the front plate, take one out, put another in), but once it’s set you’ll just leave it alone.

          • Steven Gentil Odo

            You think there is wear in the elastomers after using it a lot? This is really a nice bike…

          • Robert Franklin

            Thanks.

            I haven’t noticed any wear, and haven’t heard complaints from friends who have been on them for longer than I have.

          • Steven Gentil Odo

            I tried the stem and it’s one of those things you miss when you don’t have it anymore. You feel the difference for sure, however the difference that it makes over a huge ride is personal.

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