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Stigmata Carbon CC Force AXS Gravel Bike

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Stigmata Carbon CC Force AXS Complete Bike

Back when Santa Cruz relaunched its carbon Stigmata in 2015, riders immediately recognized its amazing versatility across terrain ranging from chunky, rarely maintained gravel to glass smooth tarmac, light singletrack, and of course, the mud bog, sandpit, run up, barrier, repeat excursions of cyclocross. When launched, mountain bike standards ruled the roost as evidence of its front 15mm thru-axle and post-mount disc brakes. Since that time, disc brake road bikes have come into their own and gravel riding and racing has exploded creating a whole new discipline with its own components. The time has come for a reboot and the firm has added some important features and details to keep the Stiggy on top of the versatility game and it's no more evident than on the Stigmata Carbon CC Force AXS Complete Bike. Kitted out with SRAM's electronic Force AXS 1 drivetrain and powerful hydraulic brakes, this Stigmata sacrifices the few extra gears of a double and ditches the front derailleur for single chainring simplicity and confident chain retention for rocking and rolling over washboard riddled gravel roads.

Stigmata frames sport Santa Cruz's top-shelf CC carbon lay-up, which delivers robust strength and stiffness alongside lightweight efficiency. The significantly revised carbon layup borrows knowledge gained from the mountain-going hardtail, the Highball, and knowledge gained when building Danny MacAskill's trials bike, to produce a ride yielding more compliance helping to smooth out the ride. Up front, the new Stigmata CC Fork uses the same high-end carbon for uncompromising stiffness and strength when you need it most and substitutes the old 15mm thru-axle for a more road and gravel appropriate 12mm one which also helps improve the ride quality.

It receives some modern geometry tweaks that place it solidly in contention with the herd of high-end all-road and gravel bike options, with a 71.5-degree head angle, 74-degree seat angle (based on a 54cm model), and lower bottom bracket height that varies by frame size to account for the crank length spec. You'll also find improved fits for smaller riders with the introduction of a size 49cm, two fork offsets to improve trail geo numbers at the extreme ends of the size spectrums as well as less toe overlap, and improved standover of 10-30mm depending on tire choice. These changes improve confidence and composure while grinding over gravel back roads or exploring light-duty singletrack, yet doesn't detract from its versatility on the 'cross course.

Thru-axles at the front and rear add poise and confidence for better tracking across rutted-out straightaway and gravel-strewn corners. The new flat-mount brake standard accommodates 140 and 160mm rotors with bikes coming spec'd with 160mm to slow you down in a hurry when you need to, no matter how mucky or wet the conditions. Internal cable routing cleans things up by running the brake and shift housing through the frame and fork, providing a bit of added cable protection and improved aesthetics over frames with external routing.

Final new frame details extend to three water bottle cage mounts for really getting out there and staying hydrated and stealth routing should you decide to run a dropper post. The frame and fork also get fender mounts so you and the bike stay cleaner and a move away from the PressFit30 bottom bracket to the easier to install and maintain and less likely to creak and pop 68mm English threaded shell.


  • Santa Cruz's updated machine that defines versatility
  • SRAM's 12-speed Force AXS electronic shifting with a huge 10 - 50t range
  • Geometry updates increase confidence and cater to small riders
  • Three bottle mounts keep you hydrated on those longer rides
  • Internal cable routing maintains clean lines
  • New Carbon CC layup improves the compliance of the frame and fork
  • Accommodates bigger tires up to 27.5 x 2.1in / 700c x 45mm
  • Item #SNZK14I
Frame Material
Carbon CC
Stigmata Carbon CC
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
SRAM Force eTap AXS
Rear Derailleur
SRAM Force eTap AXS
SRAM Force 1
Chainring Sizes
Bottom Bracket
Bottom Bracket Type
SRAM Eagle 12speed
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
SRAM Eagle
SRAM Force
Brake Type
flat-mount hydraulic disc
SRAM CLX Centerlock, 160mm
Easton EA70 AX
Bar Tape
Velo Bar Tape
Easton EA90
WTB Silverado Team
Easton EC70
DT Swiss XR 361
DT Swuss 350, 28h
Front Axle
12mm thru-axle
Rear Axle
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Maxxis Ravager
Tire Size
700c x 40mm
Claimed Weight
19.31lb (8.76kg)