The Riptide has dual belt drive motors capable of 1800 watts of peak power. These are brushless, sensorless DC motors, similar to what you’d find on a DJI drone, but bigger. We picked belt drive over hub motors because our Riptide thesis is all about maximum performance in a small package, and belts drives allow for better torque delivery to maximize acceleration and hill climbing. It’s true that belts will wear down over time but it’s a quick five minute replacement and we felt that it was worth it.