Don’t stop where the pavement ends… Santa Cruz and Juliana launch new gravel bikes

The Santa Cruz Stigmata gets an update to handle gravel duties while Juliana unveils the women's specific Quincy


When Santa Cruz revived the Stigmata in 2015, the brand took what it knew from mountain bikes and adapted it for skinny tires and drop bars. For 2019, it has revamped the frame while at Juliana a version named the Quincy has been released.

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The previous version of the Stigmata was aimed squarely at cyclocross racers with no fender or rack mounts, though it did have room for two bottles. Now, the Stigmata is a fully-fledged gravel bike, with mounts galore for fenders and a third bottle, so you can carry a frame bag and water at the same time.

Santa Cruz claims it has revised the carbon layup using the lessons learned from the Highball and Danny MacAskill’s trials bike to offer what it says is “a ride so law-abiding you’d think HR had sent it on a compliance training course.”

We’re honestly not sure if they’re talking about compliance or handling here, but based on the dropped seatstays it shouldn’t be a bruiser, and with the on-trend gravel geometry we can make an educated guess that it’s not going to ride like a twitchy race bike either.

Stanta Cruz Stigmata shot on a log with woods in background
The new Stigmata is less of a pure-breed racer than its predecessor

The frame will accept a 45mm 700c or 2.1in 650b wheel and, of course, uses thru-axles front and rear.

While the bike comes stock as a 1x frame with the dropped driveside chainstay, Santa Cruz says a clamp-on front derailleur mount can be used should you be a 2x aficionado.

With a 27.2mm seatpost, stealth routing for a dropper post has also been included and the frame features a threaded bottom bracket too (hooray!).

The geometry sees some slight changes, notably in the 52/54 sizes, which Santa Cruz says will suit riders 5ft3in and above.

In size 54, the frame has a 71.5-degree head angle and 74-degree seat angle, with the stack and reach a bit shorter at 576mm and 380mm, the head tube also gains 10mm and the bottom bracket drop measures 72mm — the head angle, bottom bracket drop and head tube height are scaled through the sizing.

Santa Cruz will also spec different fork offsets to limit toe overlap as much as possible — 50mm offset for the 52–54cm sizes and 45 for the 56–60mm frames.

Juliana Quincy

Juliana Quincy shot on a log in the woods
The Juliana Quincy shares the majority of the same features as the Stigmata, but misses out on the top components spec

Starting at a size 49, the Juliana version goes up to a 54 frame and sees identical geometry to the Stigmata in that size. The only actual differences are the paint job, the Ergon SR10 women’s saddle and narrower bar width.

Both bikes will be available with a Reserve carbon wheel upgrade. There are two options, either the Reserve 22 or 25, which have internal rim widths of 22mm and 25mm respectively and feature a 20mm depth, asymmetric profile and are built with 24 spokes front and rear.

Stigmata and Quincy pricing and availability

The Stigmata will be available in Rival 700c (£3,599), Ultegra mechanical 700c (£4,599), Force AXS 650b (£5,599), Force AXS Reserve 650b (£6,799), RED AXS Reserve 650b (£8,999).

The Quincy will be available in the same builds and pricing minus the RED AXS Reserve build — we’re not sure why.

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Of note, at launch it doesn’t appear there will be a Shimano GRX build. US and Australian pricing are to be confirmed.