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May 14, 2019

The New Santa Cruz Stigmata

This first appeared on Santacruzbicycles.com

The road goes on forever and the party never ends.

Resurrected

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.

Singletrack Rallycat

We took a fresh look at which standards the riders of tomorrow wanted access to today. Deeper adventure, bigger tires perhaps?

The frame now clears up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1″ 650b tire, there’s a Force/X01 AXS mashup kit available, and fender mounts add a bit of CYA and highlight the Stigmata’s ever-widening scope of purpose.

The Road Goes on Forever

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. Knowledge was borrowed from the new Highball and also from Danny MacAskill’s trials bike.

Geometry plays a big part here too, so we’ve made tweaks to improve handling for smaller riders and to reduce toe overlap.