Santa Cruz 2022 Stigmata 3 CC SRAM Force 1X 650b
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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 and gravel 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.
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS, 12spd
SRAM Force eTap AXS, 12spd
SRAM Force 1, 42t
SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
SRAM CLX R Center Lock 160mm
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Easton EA70 AX
Velo Bar Tape
DT Swiss 350, 12x100, Centerlock, 28h
DT 350, 12x142, XDr, Centerlock, 28h
RaceFace ARC Offset 25 650b Rims
Reserve 25 650b Carbon Rims
WTB Ranger 27.5"x2.0", TCS
WTB Ranger 27.5"x2.0", TCS
Easton EC70, Zero Offset
WTB Silverado Team Saddle or WTB Volt
* Specifications are subject to change without notice