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 favorite 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 on board 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.
- Carbon CC frame and fork
- Choice of DT XR 361 Asym 29 rims or Santa Cruz Reserve 22 700c Carbon Rims
- 12-speed SRAM Force eTap AXS electronic drivetrain
Electronic drivetrain systems deliver excellent shifting, easy set up, and solid battery life. Here are the highlights of today’s electronic shifting systems:
Electronic shifting systems use powerful servomotors to rapidly shift the chain. Because microprocessors and sensors constantly monitor every aspect of the system, they shift with precisely and without chain rub.
Many major systems have customizable shifting. Some have the ability to add remote shifters for common riding positions, and some even allow you to change the functions of the shifting buttons.
Electronic groupsets are responsive and consistent. There are no cables to stretch and wear out, so you get a flawless shift every time. The added bonus is you’ll never have to replace a derailleur cable ever again.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Santa Cruz CC Carbon|
|Fork||Santa Cruz CC Carbon|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset|
Front: 12x100mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
|Wheels/Rims||DT XR 361 Asym 29" 28h|
Front: DT 350 12x100 Centerlock 28h
Rear: DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
|Spokes||DT Competition Race (28)|
Front: Maxxis Rambler 700x40c
Rear: Maxxis Rambler 700x40c
|Crankset||SRAM Force 1|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM Force eTap AXS|
|Handlebars||Easton EA70 AX flare bar|
|Tape/Grips||Velo Bar Tape|
|Stem||Easton EA90 Stem|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle|
|Seat Post||Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm|
* Subject to change without notice.