You hear it in everyday conversations — “Let’s not reinvent the wheel.” It is meant to convey the idea that some things are immutable. They are what they are and always will be. Like the wheel. But the folks at Continental have taken a second look at the traditional wheel for automobiles and decided there really might be a better way. They call it the New Wheel Concept. Here’s how it works.
First, Continental separates the wheel itself into two components — an outer rim that carries the tire and an inner truss that is permanently bolted to the hub and carries the brake disc and caliper. Anyone who has ever changed brake pads knows two things. One, it’s a difficult job. Two, it often means replacing the brake rotor. That’s when it turns into a miserable job involving lots of sockets, a few skinned knuckles, and an advanced vocabulary not suitable for impressionable youngsters.