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Old 12-26-07, 04:26 PM   #1
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Cantilever Sora Question

Hello everybody,

a few months ago I picked up a bike - I don't know what it is. It looks like mid-70s. It's got a beautiful lugged frame, Dia Compe cantilever brakes with Weinmann levers, TA Specialites crankset, Shimano 600 gears (12 spd), Shimano hubs with Weinmann rims and SR everything else, a Brooks Professional saddle and full crome forks.

It was filthy when I bought it but it cleaned up well and works beautifully. However there isn't an identifying mark on it apart from RA stamped on the top of the rear cantilever braze-on. Nothing on the bottom bracket. It looks like a Raleigh Pro frame that someone has set up for touring. It's sprayed black.

Anyway I was wondering if anyone would know if it's possible to get Sora type combined levers and shifters that would work with cantilever brakes?

I'd be most grateful for any advice.
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Old 12-26-07, 04:30 PM   #2
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Sora STI levers would work with cantilever brakes, but not linear pull/V brakes. (Unless you get something like a travel agent adapter)
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Old 12-26-07, 04:45 PM   #3
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Cheers for speedy reply. I've been reading stuff about V brakes needing levers with different mechanical advantage - that not apply to cantilevers then? (which I thought were a variation on V brakes)
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Old 12-28-07, 04:21 PM   #4
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V brakes evolved from canti's... Levers that work with regular sidepull road calipers will work with cantis. They don't pull enough cable for V brakes...
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Old 12-28-07, 06:24 PM   #5
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Meanwhile, let's see a picture of the bike!
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