Montanus: The Wolf’s Lair Bikepacking Film

The Wolf’s Lair is a 400-kilometer bikepacking route that winds through medieval castles, alpine scenery, and ancient italian villages in the Apennines Mountains. The Montanus duo originally traced the route in 2016 after they felt the need to explore the Abruzzo region to learn more about their culture and origins. Giorgio went back to The Wolf’s Lair to film the experience.

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Conor’s aviation inspired custom TD3

Conor is a professional pilot who has always been a fan of vintage airplanes. He finds inspiration in the the colors and graphics that are found on those planes and he wanted to work those themes into a custom TD3.1 frameset. The design collaboration went through a few rounds of revisions with Drew here at the Lab finding ways to lay graphics across our frame in a way that invoked those earlier airplanes without coming on too strong.

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Flaanimal 5.0 // PSL Finish

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Flaanimal 5.0 is working out to be the most rare color. Having just built two in the most recent batch of builds we’re pretty close to saying that we think it’s the best color we currently offer. The orange Cerakote has an almost pearlescent finish, and the chocolate brown accent color accents the layout nicely.

For so long we are only able to look at renderings of these color options, and we’re thrilled to finally have these out in the wild in real life.

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Flaanimal 5.0 / Redneck Racing Green Build

One of the first Flaanimal 5.0 Cerakote builds was this beautiful Redneck Racing Green bike with matching Cerakoted Hanjo fenders. It cuts a lovely figure and will no doubt perform admirably both commuting and out riding gravel.

This Flaanimal was built with a GRX 800 series 1x drivetrain and a Praxis Zayante Carbon crankset. This setup should perform reliably for untold thousands of miles in all conditions.

The T47 bottom bracket with inboard bearings is incredibly versatile for running almost any spindle type while retaining the security of a threaded bottom bracket interface.

Flaanimal uses a removable fender bridge design allowing for maximum adjustability when fitting and for clean lines when a fender or rack are not installed.

The carbon seat tube on 5.0 helped us remove static weight from the frameset while retaining strength in a non-stressed area. It also pairs quite nicely with a carbon seat post!

Cerakote coating replaces liquid paint on our 5.0 frames. It offers both lighter coating weight and class leading abrasion and wear resistance. All Flaanimal 5.0 frames are Cerakoted in Denver, Colorado.

Rodeo Podcast EP3: Jones Pass / Logan Jones Wilkins

On the third episode of the Rodeo Podcast we first gather around to talk about big mountain adventures aboard drop bar bikes. Our recent ride up Jones Pass is a perfect case study of what this sort of riding is like so we use it as the main talking point. Should drop bar adventure bikes be up on these roads and trails that are typically the domain of the traditional mountain bike? How do we kit out our bikes for rides like this? Should you even attempt this sort of route? Is any of this any fun?

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Rodeo Labs Podcast EP.2: The Corral

For the second episode of the Rodeo Labs Podcast we had a little huddle and talked about what’s been going on lately here at The Lab. One of our goals with this podcast is to give a bit of an unscripted peek behind the curtain and show more of the behind the scenes of what we do.

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8 Moves to Stay Strong in the Saddle

Curtis Hall is the Co-Founder and Head Coach at BAREfit Adventure Training in Louisville, Ky. He works with adventure athletes and enthusiasts to help them not only perform higher but also more sustainably. Www.barefitlife.com @barefit.life @capt.curtis

With the roads more open and my gym closed, I’ve been riding more, lifting less and finding all the kinks in my armor. My lower back”s a little achy, my hip flexors are tight, that spot right behind my knee is wanting to lock up and some old shoulder injuries are starting to talk to me again. These kinks usually stay below the surface thanks to my normal coaching/training schedule, but thanks to activities shifting, I’ve had to get creative in my daily movements to keep these issues at bay and have worked the following exercises into my daily regime to stay strong for my outdoor cycling adventures.

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Victor’s 5.0 / GRX 800 2x

It’s been quite a marathon over these last few weeks getting initial Flaanimal 5.0 framesets landed, built, coated, and shipped. We’re still in the heat of it as we speak. This GRX 800 2x build shipped out today and we had enough time to grab some photos before it did.

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