Cantilevers and Dropbars

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  • I want to put drop bars on a gravel bike that has the hardware mounts for canti's, and that means STI shifters/brakes but I've read that "disc brake shifters" are the wrong amount of pull. Is this true? Are there any products to change the pull of the levers? Or since newer gravel mechs+shifters are built for discs, does that mean I'm best to go for a road gruppo?


  • Assuming you have mechanical brake dropbar shifters, they will have the correct amount of pull for canti brakes.

    There are only a couple examples of long pull drop bar brakes, and these are not the STI type.

  • Which levers do you intent to use? What do you mean by "disc brake shifters"?

  • Im asking if theres a difference of pull between shifters designed for mechanical discs and rim brakes.

  • Standard road bike sti levers are suitable for short pull; so side pull callipers, center pull cantis or short/road disc brakes like the TRP spyre.

    Long pull options are available in drop bar brake, not really seen any sti long pulls though, good for; v brakes or mtb/long pull discs.

    Shimano do now make a mini v brake that’s short pull.

    Can get confusing!

  • Shimano do now make a mini v brake that’s short pull.

    All mini v are short pull.

    Aren’t they?

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Cantilevers and Dropbars

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