Steed Cycles

Santa Cruz 2021 Stigmata 3 CC GRX 700c

  • $5,749.99

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 favourite 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 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 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. 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.

Wheel Size       


Rear Derailleur 

Shimano GRX, 11spd


Shimano GRX 810                   


Shimano GRX 11spd, 48/31t


Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-34t


Shimano SLX M7000, 11spd

Bottom Bracket

Shimano Ultegra BB


Shimano GRX 810                   

Brake Rotors   

Shimano RT80 Ice Tech Centerlock, 160mm


Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset


Easton EA70 AX                      


Easton EA90                            


Velo Bar Tape                          

Front Hub         

DT Swiss 350, 12x100, Centerlock, 28h

Rear Hub          

DT Swiss 350, 12x142, 11spd, Centerlock, 28h


DT Swiss XR 361 Asym 29"


Sapim Race                             

Front Tire         

Maxxis Rambler, 700x40c

Rear Tire           

Maxxis Rambler, 700x40c


Stans Sealant 2oz                    

Seat Post         

Easton EC70, Zero Offset


WTB Silverado Team