Hey Hillbilly,(whoops, wrong Lookout Mtn) I've read 'Salmon' brake pads are soft and grippy but haven't tried. Think you'll love 48V. BMCs will take a little torture and with some folks running 50+amp controllers, doesn't sound though you'll be pushing the limit. I went from 36V to 48 with an old C-lyte 409 and it really came alive, probably 30% more torque over the entire range. Since torque around 20mph was my limiting factor, it gained not only 4mph on the hills, but also 4mph top speed
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