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When the Stigmata was resurrected in 2015, Santa Cruz fused a number MTB standards and design features to create their 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.
Nowadays, the internally routed disc brakes, generous tire clearance and thru-axles approach that made the Stigmata famous have become more of a norm, so Santa Cruz took a fresh look at which standards the riders of tomorrow wanted access to today.
The New New:
The significantly revised carbon layup borrows knowledge gained from not just the Highball, but also Danny MacAskill’s trials bike, to produce a ride so law-abiding you’d think HR had sent it on a compliance training course. Fender mounts add a bit of CYA, and there's three bottle cage mounts so you can carry a bottle and a frame bag at the same time. Tire clearance is even better—up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1” 650b tire.
Santa Cruz reworked the 52/54cm frames so the Stigmata now comfortably suits riders from 5’3” and up. Different fork offsets—50mm for the 52-54cm sizes, and 45mm for the 56-61cm sizes—help ensure your little piggies don’t go to market on the front wheel.