The utterly desirable Budnitz Titanium bikes


August 24, 2011

Paul Budnitz has developed two Titanium-framed luxury bikes that feature a cyclist's wish list of high-end components

Paul Budnitz has developed two Titanium-framed luxury bikes that feature a cyclist's wish list of high-end components

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If you're looking to invest in a high-end, all-purpose bicycle that will last a lifetime, then feast your eyes on the beautiful lines of the No1 and No2 luxury bikes built by Paul Budnitz. Each of the two models currently available is based around a lightweight but strong Titanium frame, from which flows a veritable cyclist's wish list of components.

Budnitz is probably best known as the founder of Kidrobot, makers of art toys, fashion apparel and accessories. He's also an author, makes films, and designs and builds bikes positively brimming with Titanium hardware. His elegant No1 and No2 bikes are both handmade in the U.S.

At the heart of both models is a Titanium Cantilever frame that's said to be as light as carbon fiber, stronger than steel, and rust and corrosion-proof. The frame's curved tube bends under pressure to absorb road shock, and sports mounts for a rack and a water bottle. Gear and brake cables are hidden inside the frame rather than spoiling the gorgeous lines. The half-crown fork at the front is also Titanium, as is the stem and seat post.

Although an SRAM 10-speed chain and gears option is available, riders are also given the opportunity to take advantage of a Gates carbon belt-driven single speed drive, or a belt-driven Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub. Elsewhere there's Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, Davinci design crank with MKS Touring Lite pedals, Chris King No-Threadset head, a Phil Wood bottom bracket and a choice of Fizik or Brookes saddles.

The No1 commuting bike features 25-inch (63.5-cm), no-rise cold-forged Titanium handlebars, Velocity Blunt 700c rims and either Schwalbe Kojak 35C or Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 40C tires.

No2 was apparently created for joy rides on sunny spring days and errands around town, and has 24-inch (61-cm) handlebars, 29-inch Velocity Blunt rims at the front and 26-inch at the back, and Schwalbe Big Apple Liteskin 2.35-inch super-fat tires.

Both Budnitz bikes are priced at US$5,500 a piece and come in three frame sizes. There's a 60 to 90 day production window.

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US$5,500 - holy crap.

Not a good value by any stretch.


The Titanium frame bike I tried was too flexible, I\'ll take the weight penalty of a good high-alloy steel frame.


Yeah, what\'s with these ridiculous prices?

Renārs Grebežs

Really clean design. No stupid suspension (beyond pneumatic tires, of course). In steel, it would be just as beautiful, nearly as light, and affordable!

Guy Macher

$5500 is a lot to pay for \'clean lines\'

i;ll take \'traditional\' steel or aluminum, leftover $4500 on the side , please!



I agree with the other posters that this would have made a lot more sense in steel, but then we wouldn\'t have been reading about it on gizmag, would we?

Alan Mudd

@Macher- no, it wouldn\'t......


Nice design and execution but wildly expensive (unless you are one of those oil traders or stock brokers who don\'t care where the market goes as long as you are booking transactions).


Art isn\'t priced for the masses now is it, That\'s what makes the difference, steel is real true, but Titanium last longer than average marriage. BTW buying one of these artfully crafted ride may just cause a few.

Justin Schetrompf

IAnd I worry about bringing a family capable trike to market at $5K???!!?

Walt Stawicki

I\'ve been long considering switching my motus operandi from 4 wheels to that of my youth and having owned a Peugeot racing (w/silk hand sewn tires) bike back in the mid 1970\'s that weighed very little that would probably cost as much as 3 of these in today\'s dollars this sounds like a bargain to me. I\'m wanting to peddle myself away from the doctors office and towards good no, make that great health. I\'ll probably add this one to my list of those to buy.


Imagine ho you\'ll feel riding this bike. Then you park it outside a local foodery (locked up of course) only to find that when you return, it\'s been stolen. The attempt at theft increased based on the value of the item being stolen. I\'ld say this bike would insite many thieves to try their hand at stealing the bike...No...I\'ll ride around in a $150 bike thank you....nobody\'s going to steal that one, right?


Exactly. Nice and can \"last lifetime.\" But this lifetime is likely to be seriously limited by social ills. The good guys out there would take it as a challenge. Shiny titanium....imagine.

I know how bad I felt with something much less exclusive (mere $800 drive shaft folding bike) when left - whatever sturdy chain, never sturdy enough - outside a local library. That is the reason I am NOT using it -too expensive to lose. I do not have money on private security, smart camera drone monitoring system or spirit guardians either. I use a $200 junk folding bike instead.

Not practical for everyday commute.


\"as light as carbon fiber, stronger than steel\" bah what a load of BS!

titanium 6al4v (grade V): 4,5g/cm3 , UTS ~950Mpa

steel 4130: 7,8g/cm3 , UTS >1000Mpa

carbon fiber epoxy 0/90* (65%Wf): 1,6g/cm3 , UTS ~700Mpa

you do the math on specific strenght!

besides that: 5500$ will buy you any top of the line bike, MTB or racer. i cant se this being anything other than a \"all show and no go\" look good bike, not my cup of tea!


make it in aluminum and sell it for 1200. i\'d buy it. this is a sick design that i\'ve been looking for for a while.

11 internal speed no maintenance. disc breaks. beautiful frame. no greece. internal wiring for looks and less maintanence. fat tires for suspension which is the best kind.

this guys saw what everyone out there has been wanting for a while and put it ALL together. that\'s worth 1200 to me. and market price wise that\'s jstua about a tad over what you pay of expensive dutch designer bikes of this sort.


Marketing hype for a titanium 69er, but I guess it will be bought to show off at the coffee shop and that\'s about it. Each to their own. Give me a decent steel frame any day.

Johann Rissik

I built a Bamboo bike with Nuvinci360 gearless hub, hydraulic disc brakes, FatFrank Tires, GatesDrive and some other funny stuff. It's light and fun. Who needs titanium?

Marcus Heavyweather
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