Featured Bike: Christian Carlqvist’s Santa Cruz Stigmata

SantaCruzStigmata2015-1From the company’s website – “Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz California. Our first bike, the Tazmon, was a single pivot dual suspension bike that rattled established sensibilities and helped define our then- ethos of “simply advanced.” That bike was the cornerstone for a brand that was founded on the notion of doing things our own way in order to build the best. We have been rattling sensibilities ever since.”

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Santa Cruz have plenty of experience in carbon fiber construction. When carbon fiber was first making inroads into the cycling market, the company constructed mountain bikes from the material – along with a downhill bike!

SantaCruzStigmata2015-3The original Stigmata was constructed from alumin(i)um – with advances in carbon construction and prices on the woven material coming down, it made sense for the company to re-introduce the Stigmata – but with the touches one would expect from a modern day gravel and cyclocross machine.

SantaCruzStigmata2015-4The new Santa Cruz Stigmata caters for 41mm wide tires (tyres), PressFit 30 bottom bracket, electronic-shifting compatible cable routing, internally routed cable and hose routing – including hose routing through the fork leg.

SantaCruzStigmata2015-9SantaCruzStigmata2015-5Completing the build are thru-axles front and rear and a 1 x 11 drivetrain – the Stigmata will cater to a double chainring setup if desired.

SantaCruzStigmata2015-6This particular Stigmata is owned by Christian Carlqvist, a key player in the Florida cyclocross scene. Christian is an advocate of all things related to cyclocross and gravel cycling, and is the voice of Florida cyclocross – by that we mean, he’s very good on the microphone and can be heard announcing at most races.

SantaCruzStigmata2015-8Christian Carlqvist’s Santa Cruz Stigmata

SantaCruzStigmata2015-7Frame: Santa Cruz Stigmata, “Carbon C” material.
Fork: Stigmata CC carbon thru-axle fork, tapered 1 1/8″ to 1 1/4″ steerer tube.
Headset: Cane Creek 40.
Seatpost: Zipp Service Course.
Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro.
Wheelset: DT Swiss 370 Hubs, WTB Asym i19 rims, DT Competition double butted spokes, alloy nipples.
Tyres: Maxxis Mud Wrestler, 700c x 33mm, tubeless ready.
Handlebars: Zipp Service Course.
Stem: Zipp Service Course.
Shifters: SRAM Rival Hydraulic 11-speed.
Derailleurs: Shimano Rival rear 11-speed.
Crankset: SRAM Rival 1x.
Bottom Bracket: SRAM PF30.
Pedals: Time Atac Carbon.
Cassette: SRAM 11-27, setup varies.
Brakes: SRAM Rival Hydraulic.
Bottle Cages: Brand X Carbon.

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