Santa Cruz Stigmata

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20.38, 19.91, 20.62, 18.76, 21 lb
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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.

15 reasons to buy

  • Experts agree the Stigmata 4 is versatile and capable on terrains ranging from pavement to singletrack.
  • Owners and testers describe the Stigmata as a fun bike.
  • Reviewers praise the confidence-inspiring geometry and tires.
  • The Stigmata has internal frame storage that includes two sleeves with pockets.
  • Reviewers appreciate the frame’s balance of stiffness and compliance.
  • Experts laud the Reserve carbon rims (Force builds). One says they’re “stiff, comfortable, and super lightweight.”
  • The frame and Reserve wheels are backed by a lifetime warranty.
  • Santa Cruz chose a threaded bottom bracket and SRAM’s UDH Hanger for more convenient repairs.
  • The three single-chainring builds have clearance for 50mm tires.
  • Testers say the SRAM Force 1x drivetrain shifts quickly, precisely, and intuitively.
  • Experts relish the Stigmata’s “composed” and “stable yet agile” handling characteristics.
  • Testers of the top build say the suspension fork and dropper seatpost provide an “incredibly stable” platform for going harder and faster on rough terrain.
  • One reviewer says the Stigmata 4 feels more at home the looser the terrain is.
  • The “sure-footed” Maxxis Rambler 45mm tires “crush” rocks and dirt in testing.
  • The Stigmata’s efficiency and speed on pavement impresses one reviewer.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Reviewers bemoan the lack of mounting points for bikepacking bags and a rear rack.
  • Testers say the 1x drivetrains lack range for steep off-road climbs and fast descents.
  • Experts agree the Stigmata is expensive, especially the premium build.
  • One reviewer says the frame is heavier than average for this price.
  • The top build’s RockShox Rudy suspension fork adds a lot of weight and doesn’t lock out fully.
  • Santa Cruz only offers the Stigmata 4 in one color: Brick Red.
  • One tester feels the 45mm tire clearance on the 2x builds is limiting.
  • In one reviewer’s experience, the stock tires meet their limits before the performance benefits of the suspension components are felt.
  • The Stigmata lacks a downtube protector, to the dismay of one tester.

Bottom line

Santa Cruz’s Stigmata 4 is a premium gravel bike available in five builds. The top one gets a suspension fork and dropper seatpost, but the rigid-fork builds are suspension-corrected. The most common complaints are the limited gearing range (1x drivetrains), lack of mounting points, and elevated price. But reviewers love the Carbon CC frame, capable tires, and ‘Glovebox’ storage. The Stigmata 4 earns strong praise for its geometry, which is slacker and longer than the previous generation. This contributes to what experts say is a versatile, confidence-inspiring ride with stable yet agile handling. Testers and owners agree this is a fun bike and a compelling “do-it-all” gravel option.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Santa Cruz Stigmata Review: Seven Thoughts on V4

Comparing the new v4 Santa Cruz Stigmata with some of the other gravel bikes I’ve owned in the past, as well as the v3, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t want to settle for a less capable bike…

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Bike Perfect

Santa Cruz Stigmata Force AXS RSV Review – This Gravel Bike Goes More MTB Than Ever

Stigmata has gained significant weight, but it’s way more capable off-road thanks to superbly balanced, stabilized handling, big tire clearance, and a seemingly smooth ride.

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Gear Patrol

Santa Cruz Stigmata Force AXS Review: This Overbuilt Gravel Bike Goes Where It Likes

The premium elements add up to an incredibly stable, user-friendly platform. Shifting is super-smooth, with a wide enough gear range for steep climbs; the front suspension and dropper post ease technical descents; the beefy tires crush all manner of rocks and dirt…

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Everything's Been Done

I Found Your Next Gravel Bike

This is a gravel cyclist’s gravel bike! I was blown away by how well this rides…

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Santa Cruz Stigmata Test at the Struggle Borderlands Gravel Epic

Yeah, these Ramblers aren’t the fastest on the road, but they’re certainly nice and sure-footed… that handling just really makes descending relaxing.

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The Ride with Ben Delaney

New Santa Cruz Stigmata CC: Details, Ride Impressions & Comparisons to Other Bikes

I’ve only ridden this bike [for] two days, but I quite like it, and in spite of my bias really against suspension on gravel, this is a sweet setup.

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Santa Cruz Stigmata | Can It Go Mountain Biking?

I’ve been road riding, trail riding, and gravel riding the Stigmata, and it’s a blast.

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2024 Santa Cruz Stigmata 4

This bike is so much fun!

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First Impressions: 2024 Santa Cruz Stigmata 4

The new Santa Cruz Stigmata knows what it is. It’s a gravel bike that mountain bikers will love. It’s not trying to be a road bike with knobby tires or a mountain bike with drop bars, and that makes it a whole bunch of fun.

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Gran Fondo

First Ride Review of the 2024 Santa Cruz Stigmata – Fifty Shades of Gravel?

The agile and fun handling performs best off-road, especially when combined with a suspension fork and dropper seat post. It might be a little too much for hardcore roadies, but mountain bikers will love it.

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Rennrad News

Santa Cruz Stigmata 2024 First Test: Gravel Evolution With MTB Genes?

Santa Cruz has made the Stigmata much more suitable for trails… The lack of deeper line integration and the use of established standards promise that this is a reliable companion – but it also comes with a steep price tag.

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