The hubs look to be fixed/fixed but at the price this wheelset is at, personally, I’d buy it regardless. And like horatio said, you could just chuck a freewheel on the other fixed side if you really want. With a bit of elbow grease, and some polish, they’d clean up fine. Regarding braking surface; I don’t know how well they’d hold up to rigorous braking as they don’t look to be machined at all. There’s a little more info on them here: Araya tubular rims [Archive] - Bike Forums
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No, its not just you. This sort of thing really pisses me off too. I feel like I’m being a bit of an arse when I complain about it (i.e. like one of those niggardly anal retentive primary-school-teacher types who regularly bemoan the death of the English language). I also know that its deeply uncool to quibble over spelling (as the character ‘Khat’ says in Randolph Stowe’s ‘Captain Midnite’: “there’s nothing romantic about good spelling”). However, those sort of spelling mistakes are just so dumb that reading them is like listening to fingernails being dragged across a blackboard.
While I’m having a good rant — another thing which pisses me off is when people say “somethink” when they mean “something”. Arghh!
A girl i work with says this, it kills me… i’m wondering how I should bring it up as she nearly cried when I questioned her dimensioning on a set of house plans… and I really dont want to upset her, but it grates me so so much
There are rims that look like Araya red’s, but are clinchers.
EDIT: In my awesome opinion, I wouldn’t buy a set of TRACK tubulars to run on a bike with a freewheel. There are lots of really nice rims, laced to really nice hubs that are fixed / free (sure neither of them have the NJS stamp on them, but unless you are Tomity, it doesn’t matter). Hell, 'd be steering clear of running tubulars on the street (unless I got a nice Zipp tri for cheap).
If I was you, I’d be buying wheels with a braking surface and steering clear of NJS tubular rims. All the braking might break them.
And if you really, really want a nice low profile wheel, look out for a nice set of road clinchers laced to a screw on road hub. A bit of dishing and… win/win!