Budnitz launches No. 3F

Steel 29er with belt drive and 2.35in slick tires

If you're in the market for a high-end city bike that no one else has, then the new Budnitz No. 3F might just be the ride for you. Established  by Kidrobot founder Paul Budnitz, Budnitz specializes in luxury titanium commuter bikes. The No. 3F represents a materials departure into steel — with a more reasonable price tag to match.

At $2,800/£1,723, the No. 3F is not cheap, but it is still substantially less than the signature titanium models.

No grease here. Budnitz uses a Gates belt drive for the single and 11-speed models

As with other Budnitz bikes, the No. 3F can be purchased as a singlespeed or an 11-speed with a internally geared hub. Both come with Avid BB7 disc brakes, Paul brake levers, Yokozuna housing and Budnitz titanium seatpost, stem and handlebar.

The 29in Velocity Blunt wheels roll on 2.35in Schwable Super Moto Racing tires, which use the same rubber compound as the German tire company's top-end racing tires.

But the main story with the No. 3F is the frameset. The steel frame has Budnitz' signature split top tube and comes with  either a steel or titanium Budnitz fork.

The bike comes in four sizes, and optional accessories include locking wheels skewers, alloy or wood fenders, and a Bellini brass bell.

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The No. 3F features a steel frame, which brings the price down from the company's titanium bikes

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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