The Pin­ner

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES - R80 994 san­tacruzbi­cy­

Launched 10 years ago as a thor­ough­bred cy­clocross rac­ing ma­chine, and dis­con­tin­ued in 2011, Santa Cruz’s Stig­mata made a wel­come re­turn to the model line-up in 2015.

While the orig­i­nal Stig­mata was al­loy and in­tended strictly for the CX racer, the all­new Stig­mata is a far more ver­sa­tile pack­age – best de­scribed as a road bike for moun­tain bik­ers! A full car­bon frame and fork is cou­pled with all the must-haves that gravel rid­ers are look­ing for these days: ver­sa­tile ge­om­e­try, thru-axles, in­ter­nal cable rout­ing, tyre clear­ance up to 41mm, and of course disc brakes.

On its re­lease in 2015, this gear ed­i­tor was so en­thralled by the Stig­mata that he went out and bought one! Count­less hours spent pin­ning lo­cal trails and roads in and around Cape Town have shown that the Stig­mata per­fectly blends its rac­ing roots with a new-found and ef­fort­less abil­ity to tackle tech­ni­cal ter­rain like the sin­gle­tracks found on the Con­stan­tia Green­belt.

On a five- day ride from Knysna to Cape Town I also found that the Stig­mata loves the open road, with ge­om­e­try well suited to long days in the sad­dle. It’s fast and ca­pa­ble: ‘ ver­sa­til­ity’ is the Stig­mata’s mid­dle name.

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