Ok, so I need to go to the hive mind for this as I’m trying to figure something out and I need smart people to help me. I am looking to buy a Santa Cruz Stigmata/Juliana Quincy 52cm. (If I end up with the Stigmata I’ll probably need to put narrower handlebars on it, and a shorter stem. I’m not sure if the Quincy stem length is identical to the Stigmata.) This bike seems to feel the best to me in the gravel category. I’ve tried the Diverge and the Checkpoint, and I didn’t particularly like either. The Diverge felt too “minivan”, and the Checkpoint just made me keep wishing it was more “mountain bike” like. The Stigmata (in my short test ride) felt a lot more responsive and comfortable. (I should mention I’m a roadie, though I used to do a ton of mountain biking a long time ago. I’m also female, though I’m not sure if that makes much of a difference.)
I have found a used 2016 Stigmata that matches a lot of what I’m looking for. It looks like a custom build, with SRAM Force 1 shifters, rear derailleur, 44t 1x chainring and 11-36t 11-speed cassette. Weirdly, the brakes are TRP HY/RD mechanical disc brakes. It comes with a power2max power meter, and the asking price is $2500. (I’d likely need to change out the handlebars and stem…)
I can get the bottom level version of either the Stigmata or Quincy for around $3k (slight discount). However, if I want a PM, I’ll need to spend another $500. New bike is SRAM Rival, with 40t 1x chainring and 10-42t chainring.
Here are the things I’m trying to sort out:
If I go for the used bike:
- Does anyone know anything about those TRP HY/RD mechanical disc brakes? Reviews seem like they’re OK, not great.
- A 44/36 combination seems a little high for the lowest gear. Ideally I’d like to have a wider cassette in the back, but I am not sure I can go to a the wider-range cassette (10-42t) with the Force shifters. Does anyone have any input about this?
If I go for the new bike:
Does anyone know if I can still put a power2max power meter on that bike?
Thanks for your feedback!