http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009/04 ... every.html
Just got put on to this and it's a really good read, even if you are not into bikes. Take, for example, this review of the Look 566 frame:
"So How Does It Ride?
The main reason bike reviews often sound so ridiculous is because they inevitably veer off into those sensuous descriptions of the bicycle's ride quality. Either that, or they attempt to quantify something that is essentially subjective, which is often even more ridiculous.
The truth is, any bicycle that fits well and is set up properly will ride well, provided it's being used in a reasonable way. (Your well-fitting road bike is not going to ride very well through a rock garden, for example, just as your mountain bike is going to be sluggish on the road.)
All a frame really needs to do is place your components where they need to be and not break
. For this reason, the whole business of evaluating slightly different bicycles with slightly different combinations of components and attempting to discern those differences is mostly pointless. "