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For decades, the worlds of mountain and road bikes were intractably separated, with either discipline keeping a jealous guard on its technological sovereignty. Cyclocross has made some inroads into this divide, but Santa Cruz's enterprising Stigmata Carbon CC Force CX1 Complete Bike, newly revived for 2016, is the most complete ambassador between the two rival factions that we've seen to date.
The Stigmata brings together a geometry that triangulates between road, 'cross, and gravel with off-road elements like the 15 and 12x142 millimeter thru-axles you'd expect on the most venerated full-suspension XC machines being produced today. The wheelbase is actually tighter than many of the other gravel/'cross machines coming out of manufacturers traditionally associated with mountain bikes, but it mimics them in chainstay length and head and seat tube angles—which measure 16.7in, 72 degrees, and 73.5 degrees, respectively, for a 56cm frame. Coupled with an across-the-board bottom bracket drop of 69.1mm (2.72in), these measurements further confuse the Sigmata's loyalties by situating it somewhere in the divide between road and 'cross.
Regardless of how you describe it (a road-minded 'cross frame; a rigid XC frame with steep angles), the frame's middle-road geometry recommends the Stigmata as the industry diplomat, able to cleanly transition from light off-road duty to cyclocross to the road simply by changing tires or wheels or just changing shorts. It gives a bit more spring while mashing and the sharp angles make emergency maneuvers scalpel-precise—a quality that we find ourselves relying on often do to questionable decisions with regards to terrain choice. But it's not our fault. The more we ride it, the more the Stigmata discourages restraint.
The SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and one-by Force drivetrain also shade the 'cross styling of the Force kit with a bipartisan tinge, while a list of features originally associated with road machines — including internal routing for cables, carbon dropouts and disc mounts, and electronic drivetrain compatibility — pull the bike back toward the skinny-tire camp. Whatever your application, the 27.2 millimeter seatpost provides vertical compliance to smooth out anything from mellow washboard to chipseal tarmac, and the tapered head tube makes for a stiff front end for efficient climbing and sprinting with sharp tracking for control when off-road terrain acts up.
The frame's tire clearance hovers around 41mm in the back with slightly more space up front, though that depends on how the tire manufacturer measures diameter. If it's just on the casing, you could be in trouble if you try to push this too much, so we recommend sticking with that ceiling until you know what works.
- An all-terrain gravel bike from the off-road experts
- Geometry sits between road and 'cross for responsive stability
- Carbon CC construction is Santa Cruz's top lay-up schedule
- SRAM Force group is equal to racing and bikepacking abuse
- Tire clearance up to 41mm to accommodate all manner of terrain
- The versatile Stigmata applies Santa Cruz Bicycles' off-road touch to the all terrain
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- Q & A
It's a Santa Cruz!!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently added the Stigmata to my quiver of squish only bikes. All of which are Santa Cruz's never the less, the Stigmata is a do it all machine, at home no matter if you choose to use your Stigmata as a commuter, CX Race Weapon, Gravel Grinder or you want to slap some skinnies on and have a disc road bike. I personally made some changes right out of the box, I swapped out the set back ZIPP seat post for a carbon zero offset post to shorten the cockpit up. I also at time of purchase opted to swap the 700x33 tires for a 700x40 tire to accommodate a better all around build. In the short time I've owned the bike it is comfortable and at home on all sorts of trail and road conditions... I will be able really give a complete review after a little more saddle time. I will be throwing this bike into it's first CX race on Sat. 11/26/2016 so I will be able to add some more meat to the review. But if you're on the fence get off and place your order!!! You won't be sorry!!!
As an update I put 23 hard miles on this beast on a local trail system known as T100 or PMP not intended for CX bikes, is rocky and technical it's my normal week night ride on my SC Bronson. The Stigmata while I didn't KOM any tech downhill sections was fun agile and made it's self right at home on this trail system! For my own personal fit I had to ordered a zero set back seat post and a shorter stem.
To better update this review I have experienced one issue... Yes the frame accommodates a 700x40 tire however you better be riding in dry zero moister conditions. On a morning commute to work I ran through a mud puddle and the build-up on the tires rubbed the frame at the chain stays and seat stays. Tisk Tisk so I now have rub marks on my brand new bike!! So to be more honest NO IT DOESN'T FIT 41's!!!! As described by Santa Cruz! I believe a 700x38 is the biggest you'd want to go to allow for unforeseen trail conditions...
I have spoke with my Backcountry representative Chris S. and Backcountry is incredible they have sent me a new set of slightly narrower tires 700x36 to avoid further rubbing I can not say enough about how great Backcountry's customer service and follow up has been not only with this very minor issue but with the entire purchasing process and customer support!
Best of the best Road/CX/Gravel
"If Ferrari made an off road vehicle,that's what it would be like to ride the Santa Cruz Stigmata"--One of the best,most versatile bikes we offer the Stigmata is becoming a legend in only a couple of years. I own this bike and I must say pulling the trigger on it was the best bike decision I've made in years.If you are looking for a single bike to do all things skinny tire style, the Stigmata is your rig. It rides well on the road, exudes courage in gravel and can handle any CX course you will encounter. Light,smooth and spunky would sum it up. To put things into perspective I have a Pinarello collecting dust in my basement because there is a new boss in the house! If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up!
We do have some closeouts coming in with very good pricing. Contact me for details. If you need help configuring this bike or have general questions feel free to reach out to me direct. Ive got around 1500 miles on mine over various terrains so very familiar with the performance over time. We can do some minor swapping of parts.
Wes Branham- Customer Account manager-Bike
It's Like a Swiss Army Knife
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Cyclocross, sure it can handle that. Gravel grinding, yup, it can handle that too. Long summer road rides, no problem. The beauty of this bike is that it can do all these disciplines to the highest level and allows you to have one bike, not 3. I will go as far as saying this may be the most versatile bike out there.
When you want to hit the gravel this machine will fit 41mm wide tires to allow for plenty for mudslinging and trench digging. However, when you want to put the Assos kit on and pretty up it will handle effortlessly with skinnies, I would recommend Gatorskins 28mm, but that’s me.
This bike and many others at this caliper are changing the game, 4K for a bicycle is a lot, but when you’re getting 3 for 1 it is not bad at all. Love the X1 – have yet to drop a chain in cross or well riding on the trail training. Sizing on this is pretty standard, I’m a 52 on the road and the 52 fit me prefect, so no need to size down (saddle height is 71.0cm, measured from center of BB to top of saddle). If I did more rode riding with it I would have went with a 54cm for a more upright position. Please hit me up if you have any questions or need anything at all – happy to help out.
Customer Account Manager-Bike
Office: 801-736-6396 ext. 4737
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Let me start by letting you know I love this bike! I am primarily a mountain bike enthusiast that was wanting to get a bike that could double as a cross and road bike. I ordered the CC frame putting it together with a modest build of primarily 105 hydraulics and drive train. I have two separate wheel sets for road and cross both being tubeless.
On the road I am running Schwalbe Pro One tubeless in a 28 and could not be happier. They have saved me from numerous flats and roll amazingly well. On the trail I am running WTB Cross Boss in a 35 and tubeless. These are great so far ridden in mainly dry and dusty conditions.
I have around 700 miles on mixed road and trail with the Crater Lake Century thrown in the mix. It has handled all I have thrown at it with flying colors. For perspective I am 5'11" riding a 56 fitting me perfect. While being very comfortable on the century it was snappy out of the saddle on sprints. Going down hill it is stable and confidence inspiring.
Since I come from the dirt side of things it's handling characteristics make me smile while carving corner after corner. I have encountered fast smooth double track the tight rough single track with it excelling in both areas. My first cross race is not for another few weeks so I cannot elaborate on that yet, but am confident it will perform well.
If you are looking for a bike that is versatile look no further. The Stigmata will take care of you while putting a smile on your face.
Outstanding CX racer
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I chose this bike for its geometry first and its internal cable routing second. Thru axles were a definite bonus.
I had been riding a Felt F2X but the rear derailleur cable had a typical, under the BB external routing which meant muck would increase cable friction and up shifting would be sketch at best. It was a 53cm bike which meant my toes could hit the front tire. While that's ok for a road bike, it's disconcerting for a bike that one has to maneuver as in CX.
In order to eliminate the toe-to-wheel issue the only real choice is a larger frame, but a larger frame means more difficult remounts - not with the Stigmata!
The bike I bought is a 54 cm so it is larger and my toe can't hit the front wheel. But the geometry is such that remounts are no issue. Santa Cruz dropped the BB so the cockpit contact points (bars, saddle) are nominally the same as the Felt.
On top of that the Stigmata handles like a dream.
Does this come with a long cage rear derailleur? Also what would the pricing be like if built up with Enve M50?
This bike comes with the mid cage- good up to 36t. I'll shoot you an email with pricing information.
Can the wheels be swapped out for some Enve's. If so which one do you recommend? The new 4.5 AR's look awesome.
These are complete builds from SC so the wheels cant be swapped. However, we could add a set on Enve's with good pricing and build the bike with those. The new 4.5 AR's are available although we don't have them on the site yet we do have them in stock. Those wheels are built around 28mm tires but you could run up to 42mm wide tires on those rims. Enve does not recommend them though if you are going to be running anything bigger that 30mm tires on that rim as any bigger you lose the aerodynamics of the 4.5. If you want to run a bigger tire I would recommend the M50 mtn wheel. It will be lighter and you can mount a tire as narrow as 25mm on them.
If you need help with pricing or further questions feel free to contact me direct
Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
What's the fattest tire this bike can take?
Hey Rodrigo, Santa Cruz says that 40mm is the widest they've run on it and there is still a bit of clearance for mud (or extra tire). Let me know if you have any other questions on it - feel free to reach me at 801.204.4547 or firstname.lastname@example.org ! Cheers, Connor
Any chance you will have a closeout sale on this guy ? I'm waiting for a 20% sale to buy one.
Hey Westbank, I'd be happy to talk pricing with you! I just set over an email! Cheers, Connor
Any chance you guys can find another one of these laying around anywhere in a 54? Would really like to grab one (and definitely from Backcountry).
Looks like we have a few Stigmata Carbon CCs on order from Santa Cruz in a size 54 cm. Feel free to contact me directly and I can put one on hold for you and get you a definitive timeline.