For decades, the worlds of mountain and road bikes were intractably separated, with either discipline keeping a jealous guard on its technological sovereignty. Cyclocross has made some inroads into this divide, but Santa Cruz's enterprising Stigmata Carbon CC Force CX1 Complete Bike, newly revived for 2015, is the most complete ambassador between the two rival factions that we've seen to date. The Stigmata brings together a geometry that triangulates between road, 'cross, and gravel with off road elements like the 15 and 12x142 millimeter thru axles you'd expect on the most venerated full suspension machines being produced today. The wheelbase is actually tighter than many of the other gravel'cross machines coming out of manufacturers traditionally associated with mountain bikes, but it mimics them in chainstay length and head and seat tube angles. The frame's middle road geometry recommends the Stigmata as the industry diplomat, able to cleanly transition from light off road duty to cyclocross to the road simply by changing tires. The SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and one by Force drivetrain also shade the 'cross styling of the Force kit with a bipartisan tinge, while a list of features originally associated with road machines including internal routing for cables, carbon dropouts and disc mounts, and electronic drivetrain compatibility pull the bike back toward the skinny tire camp. Whatever your application, the 27. 2 millimeter seatpost will provide vertical compliance to smooth out anything from mellow washboard to chipseal tarmac, and the tapered head tube makes for a stiff front end for efficient climbing and sprinting with sharp tracking for control when off road terrain acts up.