The Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata has been the Mountain Bikers choice for all types of gravel adventures, whether that is riding your your local woods or multi day Bike Packing trips this bike will do it all. A Staff favourite here at Tweed Valley Bikes. Here is what Santa Cruz has to say...
When the Stigmata was resurrected in 2015, we fused a number of MTB standards and design features to create our 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 we took a fresh look at which standards the riders of tomorrow wanted access to today.
Threaded bottom brackets remain a perennial favourite across our entire line thanks to their proven robust, cost-effective and compatible design. “If it ain’t broke…” ...and it never is. Fender mounts add a bit of CYA, and highlight the Stigmata’s ever-widening scope of purpose. We added to that with three bottle cage mounts so that the frame can still hold at least one normal bottle even when running a front triangle bag.
Deeper adventures, bigger tires perhaps? The frame now clears up to a 45mm 700c or a 2.1” 650b tire. Marry the latter to our Force/X01 AXS mashup kit and you’ve got yourself the kind of drop-bar singletrack and gravel rallycat we can all get onboard with.
And when it comes to good old-fashioned off-road etiquette, the Stigmata’s had some coaching at the Highball school of stiffness, handling, and offroad feel. The 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.
Geometry plays a big part here too, so we’ve made tweaks to improve handling for smaller riders and reduce toe overlap. The reworking of the 52/54cm frames means the Stigmata now comfortably suits riders from 5’3” and up. Meanwhile 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.
Topped off with tidy details like 12mm front axle, flat mount brakes and build-specific Reserve wheel packages, the Stigmata is designed to let you decide whatever the heck you want this category to be.
Full specification below -
Frame - CC Carbon
Fork - CC Carbon
Shifters - SRAM Rival 1 11 Speed
Chainset - Easton EA90, 40t - 172.5mm Crank Length
Cassette - SRAM PG1150, 11spd, 10-42t
Chain - SRAM PC1170
Rear Derailleur - Rival 1 Long Cage, 11sp
Bottom Bracket - Easton BSA BB
Rims - WTB EZR i23p 700c
Front Hub - DT Swiss 370, 12x100, 28h
Rear Hub - DT Swiss 370, 12x142, XD, 28h
Front Tyre - Maxxis Ravager EXO, 700x40c
Rear Tyre - Maxxis Ravager EXO, 700x40c
Front Brake - SRAM Rival 1 Flat Mount
Rear Brake - SRAM Rival 1 Flat Mount
Brake Levers - SRAM Rival 1
Handlebars - Easton EA50 AX
Bar Tape - Velo Bar Tape
Headset - Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Stem - Easton EA50 Stem
Saddle - WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost - Easton EA50, 27.2, 12mm offset, 350mm
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All of our stock is hand picked by our Guides, Coaches and Shop staff to provide you the best performance, the best value and the best experience out on the trail with the lowest environmental impact available.
Based on Innerleithen High Street in the Tweed Valley our shop lies in the shadows of the infamous Golfie. AnEnduro World Seriesvenue and legendary in the UK mountain bike scene as one of the most prolific and exciting mountains to ride in the UK. The Tweed Valley and the 100+ km of trails that stretch out from our front door have proven to become a meca for gravel, MTB and road cycling and our staff are out, rain or shine experiencing it all. We're set up to provide you the best advice and select the products to stock that are the best value, best to ride, most eco friendly and will last you the longest out on the trail. Because that's exactly what we look for in our own gear too.
Our business began as Dirt School in 2006, a mountain bike coaching company set up to deliver the best learning and support a mountain biker could ever want. From World championship wins to the award winning BASE college course, we've experienced and forged it all. Our evolution led to the formation of Tweed Valley Guides and now Tweed Valley Bikes too, allowing us to help you buy the right equipment, and be able to ride with you on the best trails and help you learn how to get the most out of it. Our shop has genuinely grown from the trail.