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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.
Expert Reviews90/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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…
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.
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.
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.