The reintroduced Santa Cruz Stigmata featured internally routed disc brakes, generous tire clearance, and thru axles that made their cross bike more well-rounded. This newest iteration of the Stigmata uses a significantly revised carbon layup based off of the Highball. The Stigmata is geared toward strength rather than being the lightest bike on the block, yet sill comes in at a respectable weight.
The new Santa Cruz Stigmata is a very versatile gravel bike. As its come out to be a gravel bike instead of a cross bike that wants to do more, the Stigmata now features three bottle cage mounts plus a frame bag mount on the top tube, fender mounts to keep tire spray off of you and your friends, and massive tire clearance – up to a 700 x 45c or 27.5 x 2.1” MTB kind of clearance.
Other requisite “gravelification” changes include revised geometry, more bottom bracket drop for greater stability through imperfect surfaces, ~10 mm more stack across all sizes, and internal cable routing for a dropper seatpost.
The Santa Cruz Stigmata is the perfect gravel bike for exploring the Strade Bianche and Eroica routes in the area of Chianti right around Tuscany Bicycle. Ride like a Tuscan !