Use these tools to prepare for using Gates belt drives in your FIRST Robotics Competition design.

Technical Notes

When you download our Tech Notes, you'll find detailed information about the belts Gates is providing for the FRC®, basic tips on component dimensions and selecting drive components, and useful center distance and power rating tables. Plus, read through FAQs that will help you get started.


After you've learned the basics from the Tech Notes, take advantage of these tools:

Belt Length

*If the calculated number of belt teeth is not a whole number, then you must adjust the inputs until you get a whole number of belt teeth included in the Kit of Parts or available through the Gates Custom Order Program.

Center Distance

Speed Ratio

Videos & Photos

Don't forget to visit our Video & Photo Gallery page to learn about belt drive fundamentals, the importance of alignment, tensioning and ratcheting, and much more.