Santa Cruz Stigmata

The Stigmata is a cyclocross bike deserving of the Santa Cruz name. 

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

Threaded bottom brackets remain an infinite favourite across our entire line thanks to their 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 made sure the frame had space to mount three bottle cages, to ensure water is at hand even when running a front triangle bag. The frame now clears up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1” 650b tire. Combined with the Force/X01 AXS mashup kit, you’ve got yourself the kind of drop-bar singletrack rallycat we can all get onboard with.

When it comes to good old-fashioned off-road etiquette, the Stigmata has had some coaching from the Highball on stiffness, handling, and offroad feel. Geometry plays a big part here too, so we’ve made tweaks to improve handling for smaller riders and reduce toe overlap. The 52/54cm frames have been reworked to 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 nifty 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 bike to be.