The road goes on forever and the party never ends

When the Stigmata was resurrected in 2015, we fused a number of MTB standards and design features to create our spin on the modern CX bike. Something must have clicked, because within months of launch it raced to victory at the legendary Three Peaks, and has continued to contend at elite cyclocross races around the world.

Nowadays, the internally routed disc brakes, generous tire clearance and thru-axles approach that made the Stigmata famous have become more of a norm, so we took a fresh look at which standards the riders of tomorrow wanted access to today.

Threaded bottom brackets remain a perennial favourite across our entire line thanks to their proven robust, cost-effective and compatible design. “If it ain’t broke…” ...and it never is. Fender mounts add a bit of CYA, and highlight the Stigmata’s ever-widening scope of purpose. We added to that with three bottle cage mounts so that the frame can still hold at least one normal bottle even when running a front triangle bag.

Deeper adventures, bigger tires perhaps? The frame now clears up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1” 650b tire. Marry the latter to our Force/X01 AXS mashup kit and you’ve got yourself the kind of drop-bar singletrack rallycat we can all get onboard with.

And when it comes to good old-fashioned off-road etiquette, the Stigmata’s had some coaching at the Highball school of stiffness, handling, and offroad feel. The carbon layup borrows knowledge gained from not just the Highball, but also Danny MacAskill’s trials bike, to produce a ride so law-abiding you’d think HR had sent it on a compliance training course.

Geometry plays a big part here too, so we’ve made tweaks to improve handling for smaller riders and reduce toe overlap. The reworking of the 52/54cm frames means the Stigmata now comfortably suits riders from 5’3” and up. Meanwhile different fork offsets—50mm for the 52-54cm sizes, and 45mm for the 56-61cm sizes—help ensure your little piggies don’t go to market on the front wheel.

Topped off with tidy details like 12mm front axle, flat mount brakes and build-specific Reserve wheel packages, the Stigmata is designed to let you decide whatever the heck you want this category to be.

 

  • 8.69kg / 19.16lbs
  • 650b
  • SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 12spd
  • SRAM Force eTap AXS
  • SRAM Force 1 42t - 170mm (52), 172.5mm (54-56), 175mm (58-60)
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
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  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
  • SRAM DUB
  • SRAM Force
  • SRAM CLX R Centerlock 160mm
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Easton EA70 AX flare bar
  • Easton EA90 Stem
  • Velo Bar Tape
  • DT 350 12x100 Centerlock 28h
  • DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
  • RaceFace ARC Offset 25 27.5" Rims
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 25 650b Carbon Rim
  • DT Competition Race (28)
  • WTB Ranger TCS 27.5x2.0
  • WTB Ranger TCS 27.5x2.0
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle

Santa Cruz Stigmata Force AXS Carbon CC 650b

£5,599.00Price