Well, which do you think is better? I would have to say CCI, because their rides are more about airtime, and both of my home parks(SFStL and Holiday World) have them.:) GCI seems to focus more on laterals, and speed, which is good, but I'm more into air. Both are fantastic companies though.
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To me, this is definitely a hard question to answer. CCI has designed some awesome coasters, but those G-trains they've been using are hideous and really made the Boss a disappointing ride for me. GCI has designed some gems, and the Millennium Flyer trains really add to the quality of the ride. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if either of these companies designed a ride at a park near me. But if I had to choose, I guess I'd go with GCI, especially with their dueling and dueling/racing models.
CCI by far, and may I add, that I love Gerstlauer trains. By far superior to PTC's in every way. No headrests, seat dividers, or seatbelts. Add to that, the fact that the lapbar never comes down, and you have a great train! This season, they are retro-fitting all their trains with a wider ''U'' bar and extra padding. I can't wait!
Actually, the only two wooden coasters being constructed in the US that I can think of are Cornball Express at Indiana Beach and Cheetah at Wild Adventures, both of which CCI will construct. I'm not sure what GCI is doing this year, but I wish more parks would order their woodies, especially in the midwest.
As for the G-trains, everyone seems to either love them or hate them. I personally can't stand them. They seemed smaller to me, and those lapbars left my legs with bruises last year on the Boss. Plus, I don't think that they track as "smooth" as the PTC's. I sure hope that SFSL added padding to the Boss's lapbars, because it needed it.
I think CCI will get the vote because of this: CCI has constructed 30 coasters, GCI has constructed 5. There is 1 GCI coaster for every 6 CCIs, so more people have been on CCIs. GCIs definitly look like some of the creations from back in the golden age.
Clever, indeed, Dustijn. Just about as clever as leaving me in "suspense" yesterday.
I guess I'm the minority, since I'm the only person who's given GCI the nod. But quite honestly, I really have a great respect for both companies, and I hope both of them keep on building rides for many years to come.
By any chance to you hold up your hands on CCI's fitted with Gerstlauer trains? After suggesting to a few enthusiasts keeping their hands down, their complaints receded accordingly.
Now, I know that alot of you like to keep your hands up on coasters, but personally, I do not understand why. I mean, all it does it tense up your body, create more wind resistance, and takes your focus away from the ride at hand...
Anyway- to the Gerstlauer train haters, take my advice and give that a try...
Actually, I did keep my hands down on the second ride--not because of the lapbar, but because I got slammed into the left side of the car on the turn after the first drop (on the Boss). It helped some, but I still thought the lapbars were painful and poorly designed. I have a friend who is 6'4", and we had to ride in the front seat of a car because he couldn't get his legs in the back seat. I know the PTC's aren't luxurious, but I have had much better experiences with them.