Direct drive or belt drive? Which one is better for an electric skateboard?
I filmed a video going up a mountain with both boards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag68U8Ew640&t=124s
Direct Drive: Needs almost no maintenance, completely quiet and more stealthy. However, I don't recommend going smaller than 97mm in wheels size or bigger than 130mm.
Belt: More versatile as you can change the gear ratio + for this board any wheels from Street to AT work + more waterproof.
Both boards: Same top speed and about the same range
My recommendation: As soon as you want the ability to ride off-road I recommend the Belt Version