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Old 11-12-2021, 12:25 AM
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Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

I picked this one up from a local gent in PDX before moving over, facilitated by Lavi - and finally got to pick it up and get it out on the road this week. I figured it would make a good winter trainer and gravel racer that's road oriented enough to be enjoyable hammering in the hills and versatile enough to take some serious fatties for our rough jeep-track gravel out here.

It came with quite the bougie build - Red AXS w PM, Reserve carbon rims w i9 hubs, Easton carbon bars/post, and a carbon WTB saddle. It also had the Honjo hammered fenders, GK SK 38s, a set of tire-wiz's, Maxles, and a set of Rapha frame/bar bags.

I swapped out to a longer stem (110), the Canyon VCLS post, my currently-preferred Antares VS saddle, and DA9100 +4mm pedals instead of XTR SPDs - for winter road use.

I've had more than a handful of gravel bikes come and go. After a solid couple hour pouring rain ride today with lots of climbing, I think this one stands the best chance of sticking around a good long while. It handles great, fits great, and feels super efficient on the road and the light gravel I hit.

The bars are a little wide, so I'm swapping those out to 44s and may swap the AXS group out to GRX Di2 before long also, just to get a wider range on there.

Good times. Time to go reg for some races.


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Old 11-12-2021, 12:26 AM
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Got any pics? I love my stigmata cc


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Old 11-12-2021, 12:26 AM
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Sounds excellent!
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Old 11-12-2021, 12:31 AM
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Got any pics? I love my stigmata cc


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It was raining pretty hard the whole time and peeling off gloves to take pics on a phone without getting everything wet and annoying just wasn't happening. It was really pretty out there though. So many leaves. So much mist. Peak fall riding in Portland.
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Old 11-12-2021, 12:54 AM
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Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

Rad!!! Love it with the fenders.

I’ve put many many kms on my 2015 cc and it’s one of those bikes I’ve put in too many good memories on to sell at this point. And christ has it taken an absolute beating on many an mtb trail and shows no worse for wear. SC knows what they’re doing designing durable AF, light dirt bikes.




The two things that are starting to annoy me I suspect they fixed with gen 2. The first is they slacked it out a bit - the gen 1 cc had too much fork rake for the steep ht IMO. I also heard they softened the front end a bit. How’s the compliance up front vs the many other gravel rigs you’ve tried?

The stigmata is a killer bike and yours looks great!!


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Old 11-12-2021, 01:15 AM
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Rad!!! Love it with the fenders.

I’ve put many many kms on my 2015 cc and it’s one of those bikes I’ve put in too many good memories on to sell at this point. And christ has it taken an absolute beating on many an mtb trail and shows no worse for wear. SC knows what they’re doing designing durable AF, light dirt bikes.

The two things that are starting to annoy me I suspect they fixed with gen 2. The first is they slacked it out a bit - the gen 1 cc had too much fork rake for the steep ht IMO. I also heard they softened the front end a bit. How’s the compliance up front vs the many other gravel rigs you’ve tried?

The stigmata is a killer bike and yours looks great!!


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Whoever did the fender install did a great job.....much more patience than I would have and they nailed the fit.

Not really sure about the compliance. I'm running 38s at 35-37psi and it felt great. Very stable handling - maybe that has something to do with the front-end geo changes - dunno.

Did you put any frame armor on it? Downtube, etc.?
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Old 11-12-2021, 06:36 AM
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It was raining pretty hard the whole time... Peak fall riding in Portland.
LOL. It's all relative, and what you're used to, eh?
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Old 11-12-2021, 08:15 AM
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I’ve not owned one of these but it seems the closest I’ve seen to a do it all production bike. This seems consistent with your initial impressions, correct?


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Old 11-12-2021, 09:23 AM
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That's a fine setup, and hope you get a chance to give it some wear. It would be great to hear some Clean39t ride/race reports.
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Old 11-12-2021, 09:36 AM
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NICE! I am looking forward to more pics of this beauty!
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Old 11-12-2021, 09:45 AM
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Love the stigmata, this color is hot and it looks like a first rate build. I’m with you, I just can’t stand the ultra wide handlebar thing on a drop bar bike.
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Old 11-12-2021, 10:47 AM
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Boom. Looks amazing! I have SC envy!

And yes, this rain is really getting on my nerves. It's supposed to be wet here, not a gd perpetual monsoon!
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Old 11-12-2021, 11:45 AM
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LOL. It's all relative, and what you're used to, eh?
Rain and 50+ deg is good living. Any weather you can ride in without getting blown off your bike or fearing hypothermia is fine by me. The only annoying part about rain riding is what to do with your wet clothes afterwards - and wiping down the drivetrain. The actual riding is great.
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Old 11-12-2021, 11:47 AM
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Boom. Looks amazing! I have SC envy!

And yes, this rain is really getting on my nerves. It's supposed to be wet here, not a gd perpetual monsoon!
I've been low-key lusting after this little number for a couple months now..

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Old 11-12-2021, 12:05 PM
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I've had more than a handful of gravel bikes come and go. After a solid couple hour pouring rain ride today with lots of climbing, I think this one stands the best chance of sticking around a good long while. It handles great, fits great, and feels super efficient on the road and the light gravel I hit.
I'll take the under on that! By all reports, these are great bikes. I've been surprised by how much I like the Aspero and it'd be interesting to hear a comparison, should you ever get the chance. Sounds like you nabbed a good one!
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