I'v been riding my 24v Synergy for about 5 years now and I'm ready to try my hand at kitting out a new bike. I live in Fresno so its pretty flat, so no great challenges there but I do want more speed and range. I am looking at Amped but trying to decide on a bike to put it on. I don't really want a 48v system because the battery mount looks cumbersome. I like Synergy's midframe mount and I'd like to stay with that type on the battery so it will probably limit me to 36v. I am also trying to make a decision on front vs rear hub. Front looks like an easier install, but what are the drawbacks?
My biggest question is: the Synergy is a 7 speed mountain bike and I pass most bikes on a regular basis, but every once in a while a non-electric paces or even passes me even though I'm pedalling along with the motor and they aren't pedalling any harder than me. Its usually someone that you can tell is an avid rider and has a nice bike and I'd kind of like to know what experience anyone has had looking at doing a kit based on a fast bike then looking at the motor/battery setup. If so what kind of bike would you recommend?