Art’s Cyclery Employee Bike Check

Art’s Employee: Daniel Slusser
Position: Web Content Manager
Bike: 2011 Santa Cruz Stigmata

About The Build: For one brief moment Santa Cruz decided to focus a portion of their energy on a project outside of the mountain bike realm. During this brief period the Stigmata was a shining light for Cyclocross racing. The Stigmata’s Easton Elite EA6X tubing is lighter than the air in its knobby tires and tougher than the men brave enough to pilot it. The last bike in the Santa Cruz lineup that was hand made in the good ol’ U. S. of A, the Stigmata is a dirt-devouring machine that is sure to leave a grin on your face and mud caked on that of second place. 

Daniel's Santa Cruz Stigmata has served him well for almost 4 years.

Daniel is our Web Content Manager at Art’s Cyclery, but he used to do a lot more wrenching than typing. He started here as one of our very talented shop mechanics and is a veritable font of cycling knowledge. There is no doubt that Daniel has talent both in the shop and on the bike but, even more impressive is his ability and willingness to share this extensive experience. You may recognize him from our “Ask a Mechanic” videos doing his very best to put our service department out of business.

Daniel is meticulous when it comes to building up his racing rigs but he manages to get them dialed without breaking the bank. By making smart component choices, inexpensive modifications, and scavenging titanium and aluminum bolts from damaged components, he built a dream bike without the dream bike price. Imagine that you went to the same restaurant every week. Eventually you tasted and compared everything on the menu and could pinpoint the absolute best dishes. This Stigmata build can be described as Daniel ordering the best parts of all his favorite dishes, scarfing them all down at once and still managing to eat for the price of one person.

The Stigmata’s braking is handled by Avid Shorty 6 cantilever brakes with Avid Shorty Ultimate pad holders to save weight and offer improved pad options. A Dura Ace 7900 chain bridges the gap between an Ultegra 6600 cassette and a Dura Ace 7800 crankset mated to a single 39-tooth Rotor Q-Ring. The shifting of the Stigmata’s pieced-together 1×10 is handled by SRAM shifters and a SRAM Rival rear derailleur that features a titanium anchor bolt, SRAM Red limit screws and Enduro ceramic bearing pulleys that were added just after the photo shoot. A modified Truvativ bash ring and an N-Gear Jump Stop chain deflector keep the chain on at all costs. The lightweight and stiff Enve CX fork isn’t exactly a budget purchase, but complements the subtle styling of the frame and offers incredible performance. A cross specific Thomson KFC One 44cm handlebar and the Thomson Elite 31.6 seatpost offer durability and stiffness to round out one of the most well thought out cyclocross builds we have ever seen roll through Art’s.

Check out the gallery below and the spec list for more details on this awesome build.

Tech Specs: (Take note of the careful modifications. This would be a tricky build to replicate even if Santa Cruz still made the Stigmata)

Frame: 58cm Santa Cruz Stigmata in Sea Bright Blue. Easton Elite EA6X Tubing. Made in USA
Fork: Enve CX 1 1/8″
Headset: Cane Creek S-8 w/ Alloy Crown Race and Alloy Compression Bolt and solid carbon headset spacers. Generic brake cable hanger found in a spare parts bin.
Wheels: HED Ardennes Plus SL – Mod: Dura Ace 7800 Skewers
Brakes: Avid Shorty 6 w/ Swiss Stop BXP Pads – Mod: Avid Shorty Ultimate Pad Holders
Crankset: Dura Ace 7800 175mm + Dura Ace Chainring Bolts
Chainring: Rotor Q-Ring 39T – Mod: Truvativ Bash Ring machined down to 2.5mm thick and turned down to 40T Max Capacity
Chain: Dura Ace 7900
Cassette: Ultegra 6600 11-28 – Mod: Dura-Ace Lockring
Bottom Bracket: Dura Ace 7900 
Shift Levers: R: SRAM Rival 10-Speed Carbon – L: SRAM Single-Speed Carbon
Front Derailleur: N-Gear Jump Stop Chain Deflector w/nylon bolt + nut
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival – Mods: Titanium Anchor Bolt. SRAM Red Limit Screws and B-Tension Adjust. Enduro Ceramic Pulleys (not shown, added after photo shoot)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio 131mm
Stem: Easton EA90 100mm 0 rise – Mod: ti bolts
Handlebars: Thomson KFC One 44cm
Tires: Clement MXP ClinchersMod: Set up Tubeless w/Orange Seal
Pedals: Custom Crank Bros 1 Ti Candy Pedal – Mod: Ti Wings with stock steel spindle to handle barrier bunny hops
Water Cage: King Ti Cage (removed for racing)
Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm – Mod: Shimano hydraulic line is used under the tape on the left side of the bar to take the place of the missing cable of the 1×10 system (hydraulic hose is far lighter than derailleur housing)


  • Jagwire Ripcord compression-less brake housing + Delta teflon coated cables
  • Woodman ultralight seat collar w/ Ti bolt
  • Custom shaped shift lever for improved clearance for extra large hands

Weight: 17 lbs. 1 oz. (17lbs even without the ti King Cage)