I have an old Bianchi cross-terrian bike that I put drop bars on. I used a spare set of Sora shifters. Dealing with the front derailleur was a challenge. Shimano road shifters don't have enough pull for mountain derailleurs. Road derailleurs don't work that great with mountain cranksets plus they're all bottom pull and my bike routes the cables along the top tube.
I did get it to work (more or less) by using a pulley which allowed me to use a bottom pull road derailleur. Like I said, it works but the shifting isn't exactly crisp plus I get chain rub in some gear combinations.
In my mind indexed shifting on the front derailleur isn't the best idea anyway and I'm wondering if I should just use a Campy front shifter. This is kind of a Frankenbike so I don't particularly care if the shifters don't match.
I can always leave the pulley but I'd rather ditch it and put a mountain derailleur back on.
Will it work?