Never forgets its roots.
Santa Cruz does things a bit differently than most cycling companies, especially when you consider the Northern California company spent the better part of the last decade refining their carbon fiber construction on mountain bikes before bringing this insanely stiff and durable material to the Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset. This means the Stigmata benefits immensely from all the research and design poured into Santa Cruz's mountain bikes, ranging from the earliest carbon Tallboy and Blur XC, all the way to their newest models, such as the iconic Hightower and 5010.
Translated to cyclocross racing and adventurous gravel grinds, you'll find the Stigmata Carbon CC is lightweight without sacrificing one ounce of strength or stiffness you've come to love from Santa Cruz mountain bikes. For 2018, the Stigmata is only available in Santa Cruz's highest level Carbon CC, which means it's extremely lightweight without forgoing the incredible power transfer of carbon fiber. Santa Cruz achieves a lower frame weight by utilizing a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon in key areas to reduce weight without sacrificing its structural integrity or stiffness. This high-end carbon construction extends to the Stigmata's fork, which maintains stiff tracking for a precise handling bike without a noodly front end when you're riding over bumpy gravel and rutted-out courses.
Modern geometry places the Stigmata Carbon CC in solid contention with the current crop of high-end 'cross bikes dominating the market. The 72-degree head tube angle, 73.5-degree seat tube angle (based on 56-centimeter frame), and 69-millimeter bottom bracket drop fall neatly between European 'cross high and road-racing low, making it a great contender for American-style cyclocross. And even with its racy geometry cues, the Stigmata's geometry broadens its versatility beyond the cyclocross race course. In fact, it's just as confident and composed grinding down gravel roads and exploring light-duty singletrack. We chalk this up to its ability to clear 41-millimeter tires, which increase its bump compliance and traction when you're cranking down bumpy back roads with a mixture of asphalt, gravel, and dirt.
Delving into the frame's particulars, you'll find it deviates from Santa Cruz mountain bikes with its PressFit 30 bottom bracket, which gives you the ability to run any road cranks for practicality. Full carbon dropouts and disc mounts shave weight even further, as well as accommodate post-mount disc brakes with 140 or 160-millimeter rotors for powerful stopping. Internal cable and hose routing reduce the hours spent setting up your bike in the garage, as well as protecting the cables from muck, dirt, and grime. Furthermore, the carbon fork has internal routing for the front brake, which provides a cleaner overall aesthetic. It's also compatible with electronic drivetrains, which make it all the more futureproof.
- Cyclocross race bike inspired by Santa Cruz's mountain bike legacy
- Carbon CC frame for go-fast efficiency and impressive power transfer
- Modern geometry sits between high Euro-style 'cross and low-slung road
- Stigmata CC Cyclocross fork retains stiffness for precise handling
- Front and rear thru-axles for stability and precise tracking
- Internal cable routing keeps cables free of grit and muck
- Accommodates tires up to 41-millimeters for bump compliance
- Electronic drivetrain compatibility makes it future-proof