The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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-axle 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 favorite across our entire line thanks to their proven robust, cost-effective, and compatible design. "If it aint broke…" ...and it never is. Fender mounts add a bit of CYA and highlight the Stigmatas 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 and 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 youve 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 Stigmatas 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 MacAskills trials bike, to produce a ride so law-abiding youd think HR had sent it on a compliance training course.
Geometry plays a big part here, too, so weve 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 53" and up. Meanwhile, different fork offsets (50mm for the 52-54cm sizes, and 45mm for the 56-61cm sizes) help ensure your little piggies dont 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.
|Rims||DT Swiss XR 361 Asym 29"|
|Hubs||Front: DT Swiss 350, 12x100, Centerlock, 28h
Rear: DT Swiss 350, 12x142, 11spd, Centerlock, 28h
|Tires||Maxxis Rambler, 700x40c|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano Ultegra BB|
|Crankset||Shimano GRX 11spd|
|Shifters||Shimano GRX 810|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano GRX Braze-On, 11spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano GRX, 11spd|
|Cassette/Freewheel||Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-34t|
|Chain||Shimano SLX M7000, 11spd|
|Brakes||Shimano GRX 810|
|Rotors||Shimano RT80 Ice Tech Centerlock, 160mm|
|Handlebars||Easton EA70 AX|
|Tape/Grips||Velo Bar Tape|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset|
|Seatpost||Easton EC70, Zero Offset|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle or WTB Volt|
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