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Santa Cruz Stigmata Force AXS 650b

Santa Cruz Stigmata Force AXS 650b
  • Color: Olive Green
  • Color: Mustard
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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-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 favorite 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 on board 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. 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.


Frame Stigmata carbon, 700c or 650b
Fork Stigmata carbon
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Axles Front: 12 x 100mm
Rear: 12 x 142mm
Rims/Wheels RaceFace ARC Offset 25 27.5" Rims, 28h
Hubs DT 350 Centerlock
Spokes DT Competition Race
Tires WTB Ranger TCS 27.5 x 2.0"
Crankset SRAM Force 1, 170mm (52), 172.5mm (54-56), 175mm (58-60)
Chainrings 42T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB
Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 12spd
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Shifters SRAM Force eTap AXS
Handlebars Easton EA90 AX flared
Tape/Grips Velo Bar Tape
Stem Easton EA90
Brakes SRAM Force
Saddle WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Seat Post Easton EA70, 27.2mm, 12mm offset, 350mm

* Subject to change without notice.

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Olive Green / Small 192219118932 58-19210-133-2-652-000001
Olive Green / Medium 192219118956 58-19210-133-3-652-000001
Olive Green / Large 192219118970 58-19210-133-4-652-000001
Olive Green / X-Large 192219118994 58-19210-133-5-652-000001
Olive Green / XX-Large 192219119014 58-19210-133-6-652-000001
Mustard / Small 192219118949 58-19210-133-2-653-000001
Mustard / Medium 192219118963 58-19210-133-3-653-000001
Mustard / Large 192219118987 58-19210-133-4-653-000001
Mustard / X-Large 192219119007 58-19210-133-5-653-000001
Mustard / XX-Large 192219119021 58-19210-133-6-653-000001