First, I think I need to clarify a couple things in case my understanding of the basics are incorrect.
1) I believe cantilevers and calipers are considered short-pull, yes?
2) drop bar levers are designed for these types of brakes and they too are short pull, right?
3) XTR, XT, et al levers are long-pull (to be used with v-brakes, etc.)
Can one use a lever, designed for long pull braking systems, with a short pull brake? Will it cause any undesirable effects (decreased cable life, sudden braking, etc)?