You might not recognize the name of Paul Budnitz, but you may be more familiar with his incredibly popular designer toy, apparel and lifestyle label, Kidrobot. Since 2002, Paul has been collaborating with some of the world’s most talented artists to produce a wide range of characters such as Dunny, Munny and a slew of others—some of whom have been selected by New York’s Museum Of Modern Art for their permanent collection. Not content with generating a worldwide cult of toys, Paul is now venturing into the realm of the custom bicycle.
The range already consists of two models, No. 1 and No. 2, the latter of which is featured here. Both frames are titanium, and equipped with a Gates carbon belt drive and a top-shelf selection of Chris King, Phil Wood and Paul Components. No. 2 sports a 26″ rear wheel and a 29″ on the front, and is touted as a ‘BMX bike for adults’, which is enough for me. Citing Aston Martins and 80s-era Maseratis as inspiration, the sinewy lines of Budnitz Bikes certainly cut dashing figures. You’ll have to get in the queue if you like the look of them, however. The first production run sold out immediately, with the next expected to be ready by Fall 2011. More information on the Budnitz Bicycles website.
PS: I’d like to take a moment to thank our latest advertiser, Shhh! Bikes. Their pastel Fruit Tingle frame is very pleasing to the eye. Expect a full photo shoot and review here shortly. Take a look around their website, they’re helping to keep Cycle EXIF’s wheels turning.