I have searched high and low, and while I have found some information (including Sheldon) on cantilever brakes, I cannot figure out why they are used instead of linear pull.
I did find one thread that mentioned direct pull not working so well with STI levers, but that's it. The clearance on the linear pull is the same if not greater than cantis, from what I can see. I have a FB roadie that has long reach linears, and they would seem ideal for the new cross bike. I am considering the switch because I do not race, nor do I commute in conditions bad enough to cake up the braking area.
So is the STI/linear pull relationship the reason why cantis are favored on cross bikes? Is it even possible to switch to direct pull? Any links to other threads welcome, I just could not find the answer to my question.