Why We Like The Stigmata Carbon CC Rival Gravel Bike
Our dreams are made of fresh asphalt, groovy gravel backroads, light-duty singletrack, and rooty, rocky paths through the forest. And, that's what we can ride (and more) with Santa Cruz's Stigmata Carbon CC Rival Gravel Bike. Santa Cruz reevaluated the Stigmata when it came time to relaunch to impart new features and modernize it to keep on top of the gravel game. With disc brakes as the new norm and chainring simplicity a must, Santa Cruz revamped the Stigmata game to match current standards. Intentional component choices make this bike a must-have in today's gravel grinding realm, and details like Santa Cruz's top-of-the-line CC carbon lay-up give this bike the lightweight efficiency, stiffness, and strength it needs to conquer the world. Or, at least, all the gravel roads in it.
The Stigmata's slightly revamped carbon layup imparts knowledge honed from the Highball, and that helps smooth out our ride with more compliance and dampening vibrations. The Stigmata CC Fork also uses that same carbon for stiffness and strength. But, Santa Cruz swaps in 12mm thru-axles for a gravel-oriented option that improves ride quality in turn. This bike's geometry is completely modern. It features a 71.5-degree head angle and 74-degree seat angle on a 54cm model, plus a lower bottom bracket height, making it a competitor among top-shelf road and gravel bike options. Its geometry ensures we feel at ease and on top of the world when we're exploring endlessly or swerving on singletrack, and yet keeps the versatility of a gravel bike that's just as ready to take on a 'cross course.
The Stigmata is replete with features that make it a modern ride that accommodates every rider's need. Internal cable routing improves aerodynamics and keeps our cockpit tidy, and stealth routing ensures we're able to run a dropper post if need be. Three water bottle cage mounts are available to ensure we stay hydrated, and fender mounts keep both us and the bike cleaner. Plus, for future compatibility, the Stigmata is able to run both mechanical and electronic drivetrains. In a world of changing technologies, Santa Cruz keeps the Stigmata relevant.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- The Stigmata's drop-bar prowess lets us explore roads and gravel
- 1x Rival drivetrain adds a wide range of gearing and a simple setup
- Clean lines and a tidy cockpit come from the internal cable routing
- Accommodates up to 27.5 x 2.1in or 700 x 42mm tires
- Improved frame and fork compliance keeps a smooth ride
- 68mm threaded bottom bracket shell eliminates creaking and groaning
- Three bottle cage mounts keep us hydrated for longer