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Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Rival 2x AXS 700c

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When the Stigmata was resurrected in 2015, Santa Cruz fused a number of 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.

Threaded bottom brackets remain a perennial favorite across Santa Cruz's 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. They 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 their 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 they’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.

* Units in millimeters. 

** For 700c model.

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.


Frame Carbon CC
Fork Carbon CC
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Rims/Wheels Easton ARC Offset 25 700c
Hubs FRONT: i9 1/1, 12x100, Centerlock, 28h | REAR: i9 1/1 12x142, XDr, Centerlock, 28h
Tires Maxxis Rambler, 700x40c
Crankset SRAM Rival DUB Wide, 43/30
Chainwheel SRAM Rival XG 1250, 10-36
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 68mm Road Wide BB
Chain SRAM Rival, 12spd
Front Derailleur SRAM Rival eTap AXS Wide
Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival eTap AXS, 12spd
Shifters Rival eTap AXS HRD
Handlebars Easton EA70 AX
Tape/Grips Velo Bar Tape
Stem Easton EA90
Brakes SRAM Rival 1 Flat Mount; SRAM Paceline Centerlock, 160mm
Saddle WTB Silverado Medium CroMo
Seat Post Easton EC70 27.2 Zero Offset 350mm - 27.2mm
Seat Binder 31.8mm
Accessories & Extras Max Tire Size 2.1"

* Subject to change without notice.