I have to replace an integrated shifter/brake, right side, 7 speed Shimano STX.

Is a shifter for V-brake (e.g., this) compatible?

Bobotech recommends here not to do such replacement.

This question is related to my broken shifter spring one

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    No, the amount of brake cable pulled by the two levers is different. See questions like this one that mention it. I used a search for cantilever v brake to find that. There are better explanations on the site I'm sure, but that's the one I found easily.
    – Móż
    Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 0:09

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Generally road caliper and cantilever brakes are not compatible with "V" brakes levers. You have a few basic options. Find a single shifter and reuse your brake lever, find an integrated shifter for canti brakes,( likely a rare find), up grade your brake to a "V" brake. Your local shop may help with some used parts. In my area used brakes go for around $10. This is for arms, pads and a cable noodle. You should see an improvement in braking with the "V" brakes.

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    Reusing the brake lever and getting only a shifter sounds interesting. Would I have to remove the old shifter part? I am not sure if would be able to separate brake lever from shifter. And if not, another shifter would probably not fit... I do not have the bike with me now. Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 11:28
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    Clarification: Find a non integrated shifter ( shifter and brake lever are separate components) and use the cantilever brake lever that came with the bike, Use the integrated shifter and upgrade the brakes to "V" brakes.
    – mikes
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 0:45

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