We’re all about making ebike ownership simple and easy, and a big part of this goal comes down to choosing the right parts to improve your life as an ebike rider. 

Since our founding, all our ebikes have used Gates Carbon Drive belts instead of chains. Belts are quieter, lighter, smoother and longer-lasting than chains, plus they’re the perfect compliment to the other low-maintenance parts we use to build our ebikes. 

Gates is the originator of the bicycle drive belt, and has been instrumental to the auto, moto and industrial worlds for more than 100 years. They continue to innovate and improve the Carbon Drive system, and we’re proud to partner with them in equipping every Vvolt with a belt drive and all their associated benefits. 


Gates CDX bicycle belt


If it wears out, do I have to get a replacement belt through Vvolt?

Nope! We stock replacement belts, cogs and sprockets… but you can also find belts in stock at many commuter-focused bike and ebike repair shops. Most reputable bike shops can also order Gates parts for you through their regular distributor networks.

Are belts strong?

Yes! The Gates Carbon Drive System meets or exceeds the EN 14766 industry standard, the same requirements for chain drive systems.

What if a belt breaks?

It’s highly unlikely that your belt would break through normal use. Be cautious not to twist the belt during removal or reinstallation (such as removing the rear wheel for flat repair) and your belt will last a loooong time!