Why We Like The Stigmata Carbon CC Force 1x 700c Gravel Bike
When Santa Cruz's Stigmata was recreated in 2015, the brand chose to incorporate a whole host of MTB features that enhance the design of the bike to make for a modern CX bike. It worked. The Stigmata has taken many a victory lap at worldwide cyclocross races since then, and it has now been made with a fresh look at what we as riders want in this kind of bike. Internally routed disc brakes, tire clearance, and thru-axles are a start. From there, Santa Cruz delved into what more can be done.
The Carbon CC frame is a fail-safe. It's lightweight and a signature carbon frame layup from Santa Cruz that offers lightness, stiffness, and durability at a premium. The frame now clears up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1in 650b tire for more robust adventures. And, with its SRAM Force groupset, we are guaranteed unstoppably crisp and precise shifting that never wavers in the face of a climb or rallying descent. This is the kind of drop-bar singletrack and gravel rig we love to see in the Santa Cruz lineup, and the Stigmata does not disappoint.
As far as geometry goes, Santa Cruz tweaked the game a bit to make for improved handling for smaller riders and to reduce toe overlap. This is a bike that now suits the needs of riders who are 5'3" and up, which is great for those small (but mighty) riders among us. The Stigmata borrows stiffness, handling, and an offroad feel from the Highball — a tried and true XC bike with bigger tires for unruly adventures. And, different fork offsets help ensure our toes aren't getting too friendly with that front wheel.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Premium CX bike for tackling races and gravel rallying
- Carbon CC frame is lightweight and stiff for our ride
- Can handle 700c and 650b wheel sizes for a variety
- Tire clearance of either 45mm or 2.1in for a beefier build
- Flat mount disc brakes provide capable stopping power
- SRAM Force 1x drivetrain for smooth and crisp shifting action
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