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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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    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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    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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    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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    Meanwhile, let's see a picture of the bike!

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