I think their future is going to be strong. The only way they'll have an Arrow-future will be if they lose their minds and radically change their formulas which have brought them much sucess.
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The B & M cars have open seating that doesn't trash you against the car body itself like an Arrow.
I am tall and the worst thing about the Arrow cars is that they have a little lip under the front of each car that you continually whack your knees on throughout the ride. Just plain poor design.
Maybe I am oversensitive to these things - I stay away from Arrow/Vekoma products completely (apart, of course, from DejaVu and X and the likes).
Eurostar has a reason to age being taken down and re-constructed all the time, but shouldn't fixed installations always run the same as long as the parts are all well maintained (such as wheels renewed and rails smoothed etc.)
....and people say *I* am hard to translate! :)
*** Edited 12/6/2006 6:09:36 AM UTC by rollergator***
Audioslaved wanted to say:
When I first started this thread about the future of B&Ms, I thought the old ones were getting rough like Arrow coasters. After this discussion, what I realized is that when we get on a B&M, we've gotten used to riding a smooth, well-engineered ride. When something happens where we feel vibrations like if a wheel change is needed, we jump to conclusions that something is wrong or the ride is getting rough. However, unlike some Arrow rollercoasters that are very painful through much of the ride, the B&Ms that I've ridden and felt rough were just in certain spots. The Arrows are MUCH more painful to me. In fact, I think we've grown so accustomed to the B&M perfection that when we do experience something other than butter-smooth on a B&M coaster, it's more that we feel disappointed than in pain.
So... Audioslaved, how did I do?
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