As you can see, my favorite coaster is Alpengeist. On my website, I have the Alpengeist cobra roll as my favorite inversion. It is so big and so powerful. It's not rough or bumpy it's just fast and again, powerful. I love it.
one of the most disorienting inversions, this is due to all the crazy speed at which the inversion is taken at, the speed causes the snap that is so disoreinting and forceful.
I love the manuever, but I can see how some complain about it, it is not typical of B&M. I guess thats another reason why I enjoy the cobra roll so much is that it has a different feel from most of the other B&M cobra rolls. You expect smooth as silk and then suddenly your snapped into the other direction.
----------------- The world's a roller coaster and I am not strapped in, maybe I should hold with care, But My hands are busy in the air- Incubus
Ride It said: "There are a ton of g's exiting the cobra roll, its amazing!"
If you ride Aplengeist just after the middle seat, you will see small Gmeters that you can watch throughout the ride. The meters will show 3.5 Gs and max the meters out. Alpengeist is rated at 3.7 Gs max; and that seems about right. HOWEVER, the 2nd time the Gmeter maxes, it feels quite a bit less then the first inversion.
There are two (maybe three) places where Aplie hits more then 3.25 Gs. The first inversion is one, and the second follows not to long after. I truely can't remember if there is another high G spot or not, but after the first half of the ride most of the Gs are under 2.5
As far as "smooth", I felt that Alpengeist was a bit bumpier then BTR at SFMM. However, the first drop was larger and the elements further apart. I find it VERY difficult to judge beteen the two. I think BTR was smoother and the elements closer making a more intense ride, BUT, the first drop and length of Alpengeist make the experience more worthwile the BTR.
Just my opinion from last summer.
Sprig*** This post was edited by Sprig on 12/12/2001. ***
*** This post was edited by Sprig on 12/12/2001. ***
I personally don't like Cobra Roll's on any B&M, they are slow and bumpy especially on the three sit-downs I've ridden. Inverts In my opinion, shouldn't have Cobra Rolls - The Batwing inversion as seen on Montu is far more thrilling. I'm not seeing I hate them, they do add variety to the ride, but I much prefer other inversions such as corkscrews, vertical loops, dive loops and zero-g rolls. Has anyone noticed how poor the Cobra Roll is on Dueling Dragons? I think if there is gonna be a Cobra Roll on an inverter - it needs to be big.
*** This post was edited by Dan the Coaster Fan on 12/12/2001. ***
Alpengeist's cobra roll is tied for my favorite element, with Apollo's chariot's 3rd drop on the far right seat. It is good in ANY seat, and is really cool in the very front and the very back. I like seeing the rest of the train go down on the second half of the roll, then you get ripped down.
Sprig, I have ridden Alpengeist over 130 times, probably 10-20 in the middle seats, and I have never seen a G meter. Is it only on 1 train, 'cause I haven't seen it. I used to sit in the middle sometimes because you can get repeat rides, without exiting. I once got up to 7 rides without getting off. 14 total that day, in maybe 3 hours.