Discussion › Belt- vs. Hub-driven Electric Skateboards
April 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm #457
There has been a lot written and said about hub- vs. belt driven skateboards – with which I don´t want to bore you.
Let me just wrap up the “must-know”-stuff:
First of all to get the wording straight: Both hub and belt driven skateboards rely on brushless electrical motors. Typically these motors are either directly part of the wheel (“hub”-driven) or placed underneath the skateboard deck with a belt that connects the motor to the wheels (“belt”-driven). There are some exceptions (hybrids) like “geared hub” which I do not consider here for simplicity.
At the beginning, ALL electric skateboards were belt-driven. The first electric skateboards with hub motors entered the market in early 2016. Since then, hub-technology has advanced but still the belt-driven systems seem to be more mature.
If you consider buying an electric skateboard TODAY, I`d consider the following pros and cons of hub-driven boards:
+ looks pretty much like a regular skateboard + not easily brakeable + less prone to wear out (critical parts are better covered) + often fully water resistant + skateable like a regular board when battery is empty + slightly higher efficiency esp. when it comes to braking
- rather young and therefore less perfect technology - typically slower acceleration (no gearing) - cannot easily change wheels for fun - tendency for a harder ride (simply missing some suspension from a full wheel) - prone to heating or other failures (motor slipping inside the wheel) - noise can be an issue
There are exceptions and the pros & cons actually depend very much on the specific board.
So, before actually buying a hub-driven electric skateboard I recommend to do some further research.May 7, 2018 at 11:49 am #748
Nice page comparing the drives: https://www.electricboarder.com/electric-skateboard/diy/beltvshubdriveMay 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm #751
yep, agree, comparison table is quite niceJuly 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm #825
I would also include direct drive into comparison. I think it’s the best of 2 worlds: https://youtu.be/b0w6h26HBBwJuly 23, 2018 at 10:34 am #826
Yes, I have this as a seperate category in my list. However the only company currently offering this Jed Boards and I have actually not tested a board with direct drive, so cannot say much about it.