Before I get into the topic, No this isn’t about gear drives being called direct drives I understand the differences and want to focus on comparing these two distinct drive systems.
I’m starting to rethink my build’s motors/drive as direct drive is real difficult to come by and while there are a few promising options now, notably @torqueboards and @BoostedBuilder’s direct drives, they are likely a way off still. Gear drives already have a fair number of producers like @Nowind @Kaly @Kug3lis to name a few. I’d hate to sit on a build that only lacks only the drive train.
I like torque and braking which I understand due to the gearing and pulleys that gear drives are superior in this aspect while DD’s have fairly good brakes but don’t shoot off the line as quickly or brake as well.
DD’s are very stealthy and are probably the quietest around though not sure how they hold up against helical but I think I may still hand it to DDs. I noticed mini gear drives are also quite compact as the gear boxes are nicely tucked away near the wheels without hangars and other parts sticking out too far in the back.
As for weight, I’m guessing DDs are a tad bit lighter and also offer a AWD version without adding a whole lot of weight.
I wanted to ask if you guys ever encountered the same question and choice as I’m try to balance out waiting for these DDs or go for a more widely used gear drive.
I don’t plan on going full on ETB for this build but rather an all around urban build foroght off roading and bad asphalt/cement. Looking forward to what you guys think!