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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz Stigmata. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
21 reasons to buy
- This rig has been a proven winner in various gravel and cyclocross races.
- Riders found comfort in the high-modulus carbon frame.
- Bike-savants found the Stigmata comfortable, efficient and fast whilst climbing.
- Stellar handling resulted from considered off-road geometry.
- Slack fork angles borrow offroad handling capabilites from MTB geometry.
- SRAM Rival hydraulic brakes exhibited expeditious ceasing abilities.
- Tire clearance welcomes anything up to 700x45c or 27.5x2.1”.
- Older models’ press-fit bottom brackets have been ditched for a threaded BSA.
- The Carbon CC frame material proved lightweight and stiff.
- All options were lightweight, especially the Red AXS Reserve at 17.22lbs!
- Mounts for three water-bottle cages and fenders set you straight on travails.
- Full-length, internal cable-routing includes a pathway for a dropper post.
- The Stigmata is available in five different builds, including one in 650b.
- Maxxis Ravager tires displayed a strong casing and plenty of traction on dirt.
- Range on Rival 10-42t cassettes was adequate, on Force AXS 10-50t, it's huge.
- Santa Cruz Reserve 22 carbon rims were comfortable on crag.
- An expert found the WTB Saddle nothing butt comfortable.
- The frame came across as classy, with boxy sections that made it easy to carry.
- Visually arresting design lines created a unique look.
- Efficient power transfer made narrow-tired Stigmatas roadworthy.
- Tasty colorways fed hungry eyes with options in Olive Green and Mustard.
7 reasons not to buy
- Some owners would have liked to see downtube protection against rocks.
- A tester noted that chain drop and slap were issues on their 2x setup.
- By most accounts, the Stigmata was worth the price, but that price was not low.
- Santa Cruz only offers one 650b build, with Force AXS.
- Maxxis Ravager tires seemed overkill for smoother dirt and tarmac.
- A lack of additional mounts limited rack and accessory options for bikepacking.
- To one reviewer, the Stigmata’s front-end felt hypersensitive and was only suited to highly skilled riders.