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Old 04-28-10, 03:37 PM
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Are you using any Shimano STI or Campy Ergo levers with...

late 80s cantilever brakes?

Here is the frame of the question:
I am thinking of a fairly eclectic (read bizzare) build for a loaded touring bike. I got a frameset with canti boses and Shimano M500 brakes (also early 90s Deore XT brakes in my bin). I want to build it with STIs. Not conserned about the shifting at this point. My gut feeling is that the pull of most STI brake levers (which are made for either SLR or Super SLR caliper brakes) is just not enough for Cantis.

Am I wrong? Can STI levers used with older Canti brakes? Which ones? (7400 Dura Ace is out of the question due to shifting incompatibilities). Also open to the Ergo option, or even SRAM.

If that is a no go, I assume that there are STI levers that can be used with Canti brakes (like in modern touring bikes, I suspect). Any recommendations, before I start looking at modern bike catalogs?

No worries about drive train limits, because the (vintage) frame I have in mind for this has 130mm spacing so the sky is the limit (somewhat limited by my budget).

I would really prefer to go retro with this, like a wide range 3 x 7 MTB component build, but I am flexible if I have to go modern - not sure about how I feel about V-brakes...
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I've used lots of different cantilever brakes with lots of different STI levers, no problems.
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I'd say it just will take longer than 2-3 minutes to adjust the cable. I'm using centerpulls with in-line levers. Almost no margin of error, and the wheels have to be true. But they really stop.

I ended up using a piece of popsicle stick clamped hard between the rim and pad, tightened the cable, and they're fine. Just enough room to roll, just close enough the short pull of the inline lever will do it.
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