The highest point in Florida is Britton Hill, 345 feet high. The highest. That's about how much I climb at the START of most of the rides from my house. Or I go DOWN at least that much. Of course folks out west think in terms of thousands of feet, not hundreds.An FYI regarding "Florida". I get most people's take on Florida, as many vacation orientated areas are just that - flat! The reason though, that I even considered an e-bike to start with was hills. Big hills. Think sand dunes that have been around long enough to have serious vegetation. Called a rolling coastal area. We hunted all over the place and finally located a place we liked, and one of the reasons we liked it was it's proximity to a 46 miles bike trail system located about 6 miles away.
So we bought it. As it turns out, hills that didn't seem like much while driving a car turned out to be much bigger than we thought when riding our bikes. 1st ride out to this major bike trail just about killed us, leaving enough energy left when we arrived to turn around and head home! As it turn out, our new house was located right smack in the middle of a large area rolling hills, with no way to get out other than to ride over them. Super disappointed, we had pretty much decided there would be no bike riding in Florida.
Until somebody mentioned the potential of an e-bike. The rest is history.
Point being, there ARE hills in Florida.....
I can also assure you that descending hundreds of feet over a 1/2 mile or so is a good test for brakes, especially if you're on a dirt/gravel road, like I frequently am. You want to stay under control. The last thing you want is inconsistent braking. Would cheap no name pads work? Probably, but I don't want to be the one to find out the ones I got (remember, no name) have "issues" because some of these steep roads also cling to steep hillsides. You get off the road on the downhill side, your ride will become very interesting indeed.