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Santa Cruz Stigmata 3 CC 2020

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2020 Santa Cruz Stigmata Version 3 CC

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 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.

Stigmata v3 CC Rival

Frame
Carbon CC
Wheelsize
700c
Shock
-
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Easton EA50 AX flare bar
Stem
Easton EA50 Stem
Seatpost
Easton EA50, 27.2, 12mm offset, 350mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro
Brakes
SRAM Rival 1 Flat Mount
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM Rival 22 Long Cage, 11spd
Shifters
SRAM Rival 1
Cassette
SRAM PG1150, 11spd, 10-42t
Chain
SRAM PC1170
Crankset
Easton EA90, 40t - 170mm (52), 172.5mm (54-56), 175mm (58-60)
Front Hub
DT 370 12x100 28h
Rear Hub
DT 370 12x142 28h
Spokes
DT Competition (28)
Rims
WTB Asym i23p 700c Rims
Tyres
Maxxis Ravager EXO, 700x40c

Stigmata v3 CC GRX

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
Carbon Rigid
Shock
-
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Easton EA70 AX flare bar
Stem
DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
Seatpost
Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
Shimano Ultegra 8070 Flat Mount Brakes
Front Deraileur
Shimano Ultegra Braze-On 11spd
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra RX 11spd
Shifters
Shimano Ultegra 8020 Shifters
Cassette
Shimano Ultegra HG800 11-34t
Chain
Shimano HG601 Chain
Crankset
Shimano Ultegra 11SPD 50/34 (52cm, 170mm; 54-56cm, 172.5mm; 58-60cm, 175mm)
Front Hub
DT 350 12x100 Centerlock 28h
Rear Hub
DT 350 12x142 11spd Centerlock 28h
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
DT XR 361 Asym 29" 28h
Tyres
Maxxis Rambler 700x40c

Stigmata v3 CC Force

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
Carbon Rigid
Shock
-
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Easton EA70 AX flare bar
Stem
Easton EA90 Stem
Seatpost
Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
SRAM Force
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 12spd
Shifters
SRAM Force eTap AXS
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
Crankset
SRAM Force 1 42t - 170mm (52), 172.5mm (54-56), 175mm (58-60)
Front Hub
DT 350 12x100 Centerlock 28h
Rear Hub
DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
WTB Ranger TCS 27.5x2.0
Tyres
WTB Ranger TCS 27.5x2.0

Stigmata v3 CC Force Reserve

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
Carbon Rigid
Shock
-
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Easton EA70 AX flare bar
Stem
Easton EA90 Stem
Seatpost
Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
Sram Force
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 12spd
Shifters
SRAM Force eTap AXS
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
Crankset
SRAM Force 1 42t - 170mm (52), 172.5mm (54-56), 175mm (58-60)
Front Hub
DT 350 12x100 Centerlock 28h
Rear Hub
DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
Spokes
DT 350 12x142 XD Centerlock 28h
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 22 700c Carbon Rim
Tyres
Maxxis Rambler 700x40c
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Santa Cruz have a reputation for making some of the finest carbon fiber mountain bikes money can buy. It's well deserved. Their VPP Suspension system is neat, highly effective and tuneable allowing a different character to be designed into each model in the range, it's easy to look after too. Whilst their top of the line CC range has no expense spared, the same technology trickles down into the rest of the range at a more attainable price point. You're also covered by a lifetime warranty for complete piece of mind.

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