Anyone go on MF?

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 7:35 PM
According to the recent trip reports it seems that many if not all the people didn't go on MF. Did anyone w/out a TR go and ride it? How was it? Was it running slow this year?

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 7:40 PM
i don't understand the people who say it runs slow...is it going 90 MPH instead of 92!?

*** This post was edited by the guy on 5/15/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 7:56 PM
It was broken down when I was there for the majority of the day. (It open a 1/2 after I left {9:30})
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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 8:03 PM
I rode it Monday...granted 46 degrees is not the ideal condition for a fast ride, but I thought it was running REAL slow. First drop was the same as always, but after that, it felt like we were crawling over the tops of the camelbacks and especially through the last overbank...with almost no airtime on the 3rd and return hills. A lot of people suggest this loss of speed comes from a the lateral wheel shifting that is occuring in the turns (probably the result of loose springs). So yes, it seems not to be running very well so far this year.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 8:25 PM
COasters tend to run slower when it is cold though, look at Deja Vu at SFMM/SFoG

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 5:08 AM

On opening day I thought it was running like it did when it opened, which makes sense because they were using all steel wheels, and no nylon wheels that made the thing insanely fast last year. Combine that with freshly packed bearings and such, and yes it was running a little slower than we're used to. Still, the difference is relative, maybe two or three seconds longer, and I couldn't tell until the last turn. Still got air over the lagoon and back.

Those wheels seem to be really affected by cold weather, so if you had a morning in the 40's, I'm sure it was crawling.

The only thing I saw wrong with it was that where I was sitting, car 4 of the blue train I think, you could feel how loose the guide wheel springs were, as the car really did a lot of lateral shifting in some of the turn transitions (third drop in particular). I suspect that doesn't help speed either.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 5:16 AM

CRVeck said:
COasters tend to run slower when it is cold though, look at Deja Vu at SFMM/SFoG


Yeah, that's about all you CAN do with SFoG's DejaVu is look at it.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 5:28 AM
^^^

lol, well put.

Anyway, I was wondering, what was wrong with the nylon wheels they used last year. Did they heat up too quickly, have a short life, were they expensive, what? Also, why would the wheel springs be loose? Though I'm not familiar with MF, I have been on a few other intamins and loose springs or lateral shifting were never a problem. Is this a problem common among intamins, or is it just poor maintenance from CP? Thanks

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 6:47 AM
On summer days last year when it was in the 80's and 90's, the wheels would heat up and you could smell them burning if you were close enough. If it was that hot then MF would go in the 100 to 110 range in speed. Atleast thats what the ride-op out front told me when the line was closed of at 2. Im not sure of the exact speed but it was in the 100's and it was from the wheels burning.
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Thursday, May 16, 2002 6:48 AM

Jeff said:

Those wheels seem to be really affected by cold weather, so if you had a morning in the 40's, I'm sure it was crawling.



Sorry Jeff, no one is immune from my barbs...."crawling" definitely put a smile on my face......thanks!

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 7:07 AM
DragonsIOA: No, MF never hit 100. Ever. Someone somewhere wrote a very good exposition of the physics and proved that it could never hit 100 MPH.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 7:30 AM
It was running horribly slow yeserday morning. Later in the day I could see it flying through the turns. I think it warmed up nicely.
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Thursday, May 16, 2002 7:32 AM
Is MF still as good a ride as in opening season?? I am just wondering :-).

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 7:36 AM

I heard that it was shut down some this past weekend due to the cold.

ApolliAndy:

Thats right. Physics says 95.3 for the theoretical top speed neglecting friction. CP says 93 if I recall for the actual top speed.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 9:16 AM

Sigh. I though the "MF hit 100" thing was put to rest, but I guess it still persists sometimes.

Several writeups have been done on this, including mine.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 10:14 AM
I rode MF yesterday (the 15th) and didn't notice any difference in speed from last year. I have no idea what wheels where on the trains.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 11:50 AM
So basically it should be running fien by the end of June? thats when Im going
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Thursday, May 16, 2002 11:50 AM
This may be a dumb question, but why do rides run slower in colder weather?

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 11:57 AM
Don't get me started on how poor the ride is operating this year. I could write an essay. Not just the speed but the overall condition.

*** This post was edited by Joe E. on 5/16/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 12:07 PM

Do it Joe! :) You were at the park how many times last year? 90? 100? If anyone would know the difference from last year to this year it'd be you. :) I honestly only rode MF maybe 15 times last summer (compared to over 100 on both Magnum and Gemini) so I'm not really as qualified as you. On opening day, I noticed slowness, quietness (different wheels), a noise (like anti-rollbacks) present at the top of the lift that didn't used to be there, the terrible new spiel, lack of station music, and of course no yellow train. Others have mentioned sloppiness in the trains too (side to side shifting). I don't feel that I'm qualified to comment on this because I didn't have enough rides last year to remember. I also noticed that when they painted the trains, they painted over all the rivots or bolts. They used to be shiney silver and now they match the color of the trains. Kind of liked it better before, but obvoisly this has nothing to do with the way the ride is running.

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2001 Magnum Crew

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