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Your instructions technically exclude me -- but I'll be happy to check "never 700" anyway.
"If (and only if!) you have OWNED and EXTENSIVELY ridden BOTH 650c and 700c"
"Ain't no shortcuts to the Opry."
I think you are right. I am 5'4" and have been riding for about 7 years (so a newer, but older rider), and I have never ridden a road or tri bike with anything other than 700c. Anything else isn't even an option at the bike shops around here unless you want to special order them, then you would also have the issue of replacement tubes and tires. I think more experienced riders might like the smaller wheels, but there is a significant barrier to entry with those wheels for newer riders.
My latest addition, being built as we speak, is going to be a Surly Straggler 650b. Gonna hit the gravel this year! I'm lucky because I have a mechanic with enough accounts to get what I want and who understands what fits someone my size.
"A merry heart doeth good like medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)