One of the things we like about the Santa Cruz Stigmata, is that now it offers an option with the new Shimano GRX groupset. The Stigmata is built with a modern carbon frame that can be used for both gravel and cyclocross.
The key aspects of the Stigmata with GRX are detailed below and as always, we invite you to make your contributions.

Frame detail

It has been a while since I told you about this model from the Californian brand. In fact, the origin of the Stigmata begins back in 2007 as an option only for the practice of cyclocross and with an aluminum frame. But over the years, and due to a change in geometry in 2019, it has become an exclusive model for the practice of gravel. I would define it as a versatile bicycle that you can use off-road for whatever you want. Obvious, without reaching the aggressive descents of the mountain.

“The Stigmata due to a change in geometry has become an exclusive model for the practice of gravel”

One of the changes that occurred in this model in 2019 was an increase in wheel space and a somewhat more elongated and low geometry. The Stigmata, if you look at it has a sloping or somewhat moderate upper tube drop, which makes it a more manageable or controllable bike.

As I mentioned, there is enough capacity to mount wheels of all kinds. Specifically, it is possible to install tires up to a maximum of 45c with 700c or 2.1″ with 650b. This means that we can use it in much more types of terrain. But in this sense, let’s not forget that gravel is a discipline that we must set our limits and personally, I would opt for the option of wheels with a size of 700c and a maximum thickness of 40c.

“Specifically, it is possible to install tires up to a maximum of 45 mm with 700c wheels or 2.1” with 650b wheels”

In addition to all this, what makes it a bicycle to face any adventure is the possibility of installing a third bottle cage in its lower tube. It is also possible to locate fenders using supports. However, there are no added fork or top tube welds for a bikepacking bag.

“In addition to all this, what makes it a bicycle to face any adventure is the possibility of installing a third bottle cage in its lower tube”

The Stigmata like all current options, has internal cable routing, which visually makes it much cleaner.

“The Stigmata like all current options, has internal cable routing, which visually makes it much cleaner”

Also, and another aspect that I must highlight, is that this frame option allows us to install 1x, or 2x transmission groups. Along with the possibility of locating rim/tires thicknesses of different sizes, they make it a very versatile choice.

As for the fork, as expected it is a model for tapered steerer and with a very current straight shape. In addition, it adds a plus of comfort since you go somewhat higher in the front.

To finish you have a model in olive green and another in yellow. In addition, the user can choose between five sizes ranging from 52 to 60 (52, 54, 56, 58 and 60).

The novelty in 2020? Incorporates Shimano GRX

As many other brands are doing, Santa Cruz has also included for Stigmata in this 2020 the Shimano GRX groups, although only with double chainring. The option of a single chainring is reserved for models with Sram groupsets.

In fact, depending on your budget, you have a mounting with Shimano GRX with double chainring, one with Sram Rival 1 mechanical, and two Sram options with electronic groupsets (Force AXS and Red AXS).

I personally would choose the Shimano GRX RX800 option which, as many of you already know, would equal the Shimano Ultegra groupset for road bikes.

This RX800 option mounts a 48/31 tooth double chainring combined with a discrete 11-34t cassette. It offers almost the same sensations in gearing that a road bike, so if you come from this modality you will have no problem adapting. If you come from MTB perhaps a single chainring would be the best option for you.

Components

Stigmata is a high-priced gravel bike and therefore its components are in the same price range.

All Stigmata options are fitted with excellent quality components. For example, the handlebar is the Easton EA50 AX specific for adventure cycling and with a 16-degree flare. Therefore, it is a handlebar that allows greater manageability in abrupt areas and descents.

The seatpost and stem are from the same brand: Easton. As for the saddle, it is the WTB Silverado Team in the most economical models and for the top of the range it is the WTB Silverado Carbon.

Rims ant tires

The Stigmata includes DT XR 361 Asym wheels. They are aluminum for disc brakes and tubeless tires. They are not specific for gravel, but for any type of cycling that needs reliable wheels.

Finally, regarding the tires, the Maxxis Rambler with a size of 700c and a thickness of 40c was chosen. Such tires are suitable for gravel. These have central ramp cleats close together that ensure us to roll optimally. The more separated lateral cleats guarantee a good grip when cornering.

Summary table

Summary table Santa Cruz Stigmata
  • Model: Santa Cruz Stigmata.
  • Modality: Sports gravel.
  • Frame carbon
  • Carbon fork.
  • Internal wiring.
  • Shimano GRX 800 11 speed groupset.
  • Subcompact 48/31t
  • Cassette 11/34t.
  • Components Easton.
  • Maxxis Rambler 700x40mm tires.
  • DT XR 361 Asym wheels.
  • 700c or 650b compatibility.
  • Approximate price: € 4,990.00

Price

Its approximate price is € 4,990.00.

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