Bike upgrade: different brake types front and back

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by NibalisStickyBottle, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. NibalisStickyBottle

    NibalisStickyBottle New Member

    Aug 26, 2015
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    I am currently upgrading an early 90s touring bike and I was wondering if there are any risks to having different types of brakes on the front and the rear.

    Specifically, the bike came with cantilever brakes, but I am going to change the fork to go from threaded to threadless. A new fork might not have cantilever brakes necessarily. If for instance I put rim brakes in the front and cantis in the back, will the braking feel/performance/safety be affected by that difference?

    My gut feeling says no since the pads will be generally the same and brake feel can be modulated to equalize them across the bike, but maybe you guys have past experience with this?