I have a Shimano FD-R453 front derailleur that needs replacing. 50t and bottom pull with a 31.8 clamp. There are three gears in the front and 9 gears in the back. Could somebody help me with getting something similar as they don't make these anymore.
Looks like The FD-R453 is a non-series (i.e. it does not get the 'Tiagra', '105' etc label) component. I believe it's roughly equivalent to Tiagra in quality though.
Any Shimano 3x9 front derailleur is going to work, Tiagra 4500 series - which is not current but is probably available, Sora 3400 or 3500 series also. The Sora FD-3030-B looks right.