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Posted: Aug 12, 2019 at 11:37 Quote
man-wolf wrote:
Looking for help with a compatibility issue... I have a commuter bike setup 3x9 (42/32/24t) with Shimano Sora STI levers. Currently a Deore front mech is installed, which has a different pull ratio than the levers. Anyone know of a top pull 3x9 front derailleur that exists to solve my problem? I am aware of converters like Jtek, etc., and I'm trying to avoid that.
As far as I know, nobody makes a top pull 3x front derailleur anymore... and I think the only STI compatible top pull derailleur shimano makes is the 2x cyclocross derailleur.

You might be able to find some old used parts on Ebay but 3x road setups are hard to find these days.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 at 12:22 Quote
Buy an old friction shifter and your problem is solved

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 at 12:31 Quote
badbadleroybrown wrote:
man-wolf wrote:
Looking for help with a compatibility issue... I have a commuter bike setup 3x9 (42/32/24t) with Shimano Sora STI levers. Currently a Deore front mech is installed, which has a different pull ratio than the levers. Anyone know of a top pull 3x9 front derailleur that exists to solve my problem? I am aware of converters like Jtek, etc., and I'm trying to avoid that.
As far as I know, nobody makes a top pull 3x front derailleur anymore... and I think the only STI compatible top pull derailleur shimano makes is the 2x cyclocross derailleur.

You might be able to find some old used parts on Ebay but 3x road setups are hard to find these days.

Thanks. Unfortunately I think you are correct. I just called Shimano, and they gave me the part number to a bottom pull FD?! I think I'll just have to get a converter from Problem Solvers after all.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 at 12:43 Quote
There's some way to drill out the arm on a mountain shifter to limit the pull... might be worth googling if you really want to avoid an adapter.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 at 18:50 Quote
badbadleroybrown wrote:
There's some way to drill out the arm on a mountain shifter to limit the pull... might be worth googling if you really want to avoid an adapter.

Thanks, but I've decided the minuscule weight penalty is worth it. Not being able to use all 3 chainrings here in CO has sucked!

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