Sunday, April 15, 2001 4:48 AM
Friday 13, saw the opening of a coaster, which seems to be the best woody ever built (I don't have the experience, so I say 'seems').
I was lucky to take the first public train and took the back seat.
Passing the crowds waiting for entrance, we climbed up the lift hill with a great view on Colossos (Men, that's steep), the park and the home of the Heide-Park owner.
The first drop is incredible. It's difficult to explain for me, but it is really fast (around 120 km/h), really steep (61°), really airtime-filled and really hard (6 positive G's).
But this was just the beginning. Due to the very comfortable trains, seats and lapbars, it's a dream of a ride.
The second and third hill are unbelievable. Climbing the hill with high speed, you are pinned out of your seat and you touch your seat in the next valley. And the best thing, it is not at all rough. To say it straight: It's smoother than every steel-coaster. Compliment to Cordes (it was their first coaster) and Intamin. On these hills, you experience about 1,2 negative g-forces...
The turnaround is very nice with a great banking.
The turnaround is followed by a small hill with nice floating airtime (which is compard to the first hills nothing special) and the followed by the massive helix and three nice bunny hops. A last turnaround and the ride is over, braked by these wonderful magnetic brakes.
It's a great coaster, which could be also a Intamin-Steel-Hyper: Colossos is quiet, airtime-filled, fast and smooth like a steel-coaster, not like a woody. It is just great.
I hope, that you have now a better view of this great ride.
Pictures: http://www3.freizeitparks.de/freizeitparks/colossos/index.html http://www.themepark-world.de/attraktionen/colossos/colossos.htm
Sunday, April 15, 2001 6:55 AM
Wow, with people actually in the train, they look so open and free! Great job again, Intamin!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 4:10 PM
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 9:07 PM
I am VERY pleased to hear it SO smooth. I felt bad at first when I heard it was being built. All I could think of was another SOB.
But, good old Intamin has done it again. First Drop showed that Intamin has completely rethought the wood track design. If I remember correctly they feel a good deal of a woodie's roughness has to do with the lamintated wood, and the nails inside it. So, every inch of track is solid wood
milled to precise specs not unlike a steel coaster.
I thought the days of the mega woodie were over seing how awfully the Dinns, Rattler, and others aged. SOB only helped to solidify this. However, this new Intamin process may bring back woodies bigger and badder (and SMOOTHER) than ever. Many of my favorite woodies are small, but if Rattler and Mean Streak ran like they did when they first opened I think they would still be towards the top of my list rather than near the bottom. Hey Intamin, why don't you bring one of those guys over here! :)
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:35 PM
Great TR! I find it a tad difficult to believe that it pulled 6 g's though...
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Monday, April 23, 2001 2:34 PM
OHHHH look at this turn!!! I wish I lived near Heide park! http://www3.freizeitparks.de/freizeitparks/colossos/gross/3.jpg