I'm trying to make a sight-unseen assessment of Waterford's two sport models: (A) Road Sport and (B) Road Sport Touring. My LBS represents Waterford, but doesn't stock them. Three questions about the two models please:
1. Any information on the sturdiness of the R-33 style TIG-weld for these two models? Considering the lightweightedness of their tubings, can they take a licking and keep on ticking? My desires would be not for mountain biking ... but at least dirt road riding with their token ruts.
2. Any idea which of the two models are best suited for the following goals(?):
A. Good for club rides.
B. Comfortable geometry with horizontal top tube. May not be possible because of my 5'3" height and 75.5 cm PBH.
C. Good geometry for century rides ... and possible credit card tours.
D. Handlebars close to height of saddle.
E. 95 percent of club rides on paved roads ... with 700C x 25-28 mm tires.
F. 5 percent of club rides on dirt roads ... with 700C x 28-32 mm tires ... (with fenders?)
3. What would be good brakes ... when considering possibility of using fenders with 32 mm tires. Side-pulls, center-pulls, cantilevers?