I have a Cinelli Experience 2016 road bike with rim brakes that allows up to 28c tyres as per Cinelli's specifications. Somehow, Cinelli keeps mentioning it's fit for gravel as well.
I'm looking forward to gaining more tyre clearance by swapping the current 700c wheels with 650b or even 26 inch wheel. Having taken in consideration already the fact that I may need long reach calipers and even choosing an appropriate rim width to not bulge the tyre that much, I have run into the issue of finding actual wheels, given the fact that I need 650b rim brake 11s wheels in 2021.
Building my own wheels could be one option, but my first option is buying professionally made wheels. Most of the semi-compatible wheels have only 7s to 10s cassettes. My current Shimano 105 groupset is 11s and therefore, my questions are:
Can a 7s-10s wheel be converted to 11s by changing the cassette body?
Can a 11s groupset handle an 10s casette without much trouble?
Is there another option of fitting gravel/cx-like wheels on a road bike with rim brakes?
Having solved the vertical clearance, theoretically at least, what should be the minimum horizontal clearance from the sidewall of the tyre to the frame I should keep?
Buying a gravel/cx is out of the question for now. I'm perfectly happy with this particular bike, I just want tyres wider than 30c for riding in Eastern European citites with poor infrastructure and taking gravel paths in weekends.