The reader is not likely to be your limiting factor, which is probably why their speed does not get mentioned in reviews.
Most readers will shuffle data around as fast as the fastest CF card can read/write, so the main bottleneck is the speed of the cards.
If you find a fast card then your limiting factor is likely to become the interface you are using to connect it to the machine (the speed supported by USB in the case of a USB based reader for instance).
If the card is slower than USB, the card is the bottleneck not the reader. If the card is faster than USB and you are using a USB reader then the bottleneck will be the bus, not the reader. If you are connecting via a faster interface (a reader that makes the drive appear to be a SATA device, like this, for instance) then once again the speed of the card if far more likely to be the limiting factor, not any limitation of the reader.