Hello! I've been watching Johnny's YouTubes for a long time and am ready to move forward with 2 e-bike conversions, one for my wife and one for me. I've very good at mechanical work and am not worried about that. My concerns include getting the right items for the conversion, and confirming that our existing bikes are good enough quality. To that point, I'm pretty sure the bikes we have are good to use.
The bikes are both 2018 Specialized 'Roll' models, no suspension except for the seat posts but the tires are fairly wide and soft. We paid $600 each for the bikes back in 2018 so they are at least a good step above what I'd call an 'economy' grade bike.
We do not commute with these bikes, although we might take them into town once converted.
We are both retired but in great shape.
We've been riding bikes all our lives and are avid, experienced riders.
We're luck enough to have many miles of groomed, dirt/gravel trails here in Ohio that we ride on, plus we want to take the e-bikes with us when we go on vacations.
As for range for battery, I'd say it could be on the lower side. I honestly don't see either of us taking a 50 mile ride in one day. I think I'd be happy with a 48 volt 13.5 battery. I've heard Johnny say to make sure and get a battery from a quality company like Samsung.
We are not interested in top speed/ high speed riding. I suspect our speed with the e-bikes will be similar to our current pedaling speeds mostly on trails.
I've watched the installation videos for mid drive Bafang, and I'll buy the specialized tools needed.
So I guess what I'm asking is if anyone has used the Specialized Roll for a conversion, and if there's any issues to look for. Also, any recommendation on kit parts would be appreciated. I'm planning on doing a conference call with Johnny but thought I'd get some info here first to prepare me.