Budnitz 24-inch high-end commuter bike

Disc brakes, belt drive and titanium frame highlight this machine

Budnitz, the American boutique fabricator of high-end city bikes, has a new 24-inch-wheel version of its Model No.4.

Paul Budnitz designed this No.4 for city living, with small 24-inch wheels spec'ed for better tight-space navigation not only when riding but when lugging it up stairwells or into elevators. Paul Budnitz is the founder of Kidrobot.

The No.4 is designed for compact riding - and living

The No.4 has disc brakes, a belt drive, curved down and seat tubes, plus internal cable routing.

As with all Budnitz bikes, this one can be built up with a customer's choice of parts. For instance, you can ask for fatty Schwalbe Big Apple 2.15in tires or relatively narrower Kojak 35c slicks, a singlespeed or an internal Shimano Alfine 11-speed.

Handmade Budnitz titanium riser handlebar, stem, seatpost, seatpost clamp and badges come standard, as a Chris King head and Paul Components brake levers.

The handbuilt bike is priced at US$3,900 (£2,450), and includes a stolen bike replacement policy that, when used in conjunction with homeowner's or renter's insurance, should result in a replacement bike at no cost, should you ever need it.

Budnitz model no.4 with 24-inch wheels: budnitz model no.4 with 24-inch wheels
Budnitz model no.4 with 24-inch wheels: budnitz model no.4 with 24-inch wheels
Paul Components levers grace the handmade titanium Budnitz bars

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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