Santa Cruz launches new Stigmata carbon cyclocross bike

Fully revamped CX racer bears little resemblance to alloy predecessor

Santa Cruz Stigmata

Santa Cruz routes the front brake hose in the left fork leg, which looks clean but may complicate maintenance.

California-based Santa Cruz has gotten back in the drop-bar bike game, releasing a new carbon cyclocross rig called the Stigmata. Made from Santa Cruz’s lightweight CC carbon fiber blend, the Stigmata features post mount disc brakes, front and rear thru-axles, and internal cable routing. Frames come in five sizes (52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm) and two colors (gloss orange/yellow and matte carbon/white).

Complete bikes start at $3,699 (SRAM Rival), and are also available with SRAM Force CX1 ($4,699), and SRAM Red ($6,599). Framesets, including fork, headset and thru-axles, are $2,299. There are currently no Shimano build options, but frames are electronic shifting compatible.

Santa Cruz also released a revised version of its Highball hardtail today. Read that story here.

Santa Cruz Stigmata

SRAM’s hydraulic caliper tucks between the stays.

Santa Cruz is billing the Stigmata as a versatile ’cross racer that can do double duty as a gravel adventure-oriented road bike. “We have a bunch of people in the Santa Cruz family who race ’cross,” explained Santa Cruz product manager Josh Kissner. “And we all do a bit of training and commuting on the back roads and trails around here… Our design intent was to create a modern cyclocross bike that’s versatile enough to race, ride gravel, or even throw some slicks on and road ride.”

For comparison sake, the Stigmata has approximately the same wheelbase, chainstay length, and head tube angle as the smooth riding, but slower handling Trek Boone. But BB drop is 5mm higher, which is closer to the snappy handling Specialized Crux. We haven’t ridden one yet, so that’s as much speculation on ride characteristics as we can offer for now.

Other features of the new Stigmata include a 27.2mm seat post for increased compliance, dual water bottle mounts, clearance for up to 41mm tires, and a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, which is a departure for a company that’s staunchly stuck with traditional threaded set-ups on its popular line of mountain bikes. The rationale for the switch was to accommodate the maximum number of road bike cranks and help pull out some weight.

Claimed weight for the Stigmata are as follows:

CC carbon size 56cm matte black w/ Red Enve: 16.35 pounds
CC carbon size 56cm matte black frame only: 2.23 pounds
CC carbon fork matte black: 424 grams

Santa Cruz Stigmata

The full carbon frame accommodates 142mm thru-axle in the rear, with 15mm thru-axle up front.

If the name Stigmata rings familiar, it’s because Santa Cruz made an aluminum cyclocross bike bearing the same name in 2007. “About the only thing we kept from the original Stigmata was the name,” added Kissner. “From using carbon fiber to disc brakes and internal cable routing, to making it compatible with electronic shifting, this version of the Stigmata is new in every way.”

Bikes and frames are slated to hit dealer floors next week. For more info visit, and check out the video and photo gallery below, which includes full build spec options, geometry measures, and sizing info.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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