Read enough bike reviews and they all start to sound the same. Because they basically are. Bikes are lauded as "laterally stiff and vertically compliant," meaning they don't twist sideways under power but offer a little up-and-down flex for comfort. The very nature of the traditional double-diamond bike frame (what most bikes have looked like for a century) assures this. And in fact, while there are any number of bike companies, there are a lot fewer who actually make their own bikes. Some prestigious models are produced by the same less-prestigious company that offers their own bikes for a lot less. So please do read, but pay attention to the right things.