Odd situation here, I'm putting together a 2nd road bike (I commute daily and need a backup for when my main ride needs adjustments, part replacements, etc). To stay on the economical side, I purchased Zipp 30 Course aluminum rim-brake clinchers:
rather than going with carbon.
These rims have an external width of 25mm and a very wide internal width of 21mm.
At the time I ordered these I was not aware of the internal width being the driving factor for how wide a tire ends up being after mounting/inflation.
I mounted 25mm Continental GP 4000 S II on these rims and after inflating the tires are 27.5mm - 28mm wide.
The clearance with the frame I'm using (which is stated to take up to 25mm wide tires) is extremely tight at the rear, where the tire passes both the seat stays and the chain stays. I haven't finished assembling the bike yet, but the clearance is so tight I'm pretty certain there will be a clearance problem under load. If anybody is curious the frame I'm using for this build is a Dengfu R02 http://www.dengfubikes.com/ROAD_FRAME/131.html
Can I use 23mm wide Continental GP 4000 S II on these rims? If I try, will they mount? And more importantly, if I can get "23mm wide" tires (which would probably end up being about 25mm on these rims) to mount, is this a safe configuration?
It would be a shame if I could never use rims I just paid $950 for, however I consider safety to be far, far more important.