Germany's Expedition GeForce tops 2004 Internet Steel Poll

Posted Monday, December 20, 2004 9:16 AM | Contributed by Mitch Hawker

The Maryland version of Superman squeaked past Millennium Force to finish a best ever third, Nitro finished fifth, and Top Thrill Dragster finished in sixth. The New York version of Superman:RoS, Apollo's Chariot, and Nemesis finished seventh through ninth and Hersheypark's Storm Runner debuted in the poll by edging Montu for tenth. The full results of this year's poll are available at the poll website.

Link: Internet Roller Coaster Poll

Monday, December 20, 2004 1:10 PM
I am surprised that RoS at SFA rated that well. I was rather disappointed when I rode it. I thought that the three RoS’ were clones and the way that the NE one is rated I really expected more out of it. I have yet to ride RoS at SFNE so I can’t compare that one. I look for Nitro to move up, as it is truly an incredible coaster.
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Monday, December 20, 2004 1:27 PM
The SFNE version is not a clone. SFA's and SFDL's are mirrored clones.

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Monday, December 20, 2004 2:53 PM
Add to that, the version at SFA, and SFDL have a lot of straight sections, whereas the SFNE version features more hills, and makes better use of the terrain.

The SFA and SFDL versions are still excellent, but the SFNE version is definitely more unique, and a better ride.

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Monday, December 20, 2004 3:10 PM
Agreed, but that third hill on the clones is still, to me, one of the greatest airtime hills ever. It's a weird combo of ejector and floater air rolled into one nice pop.
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Monday, December 20, 2004 4:17 PM
You'd think in theory, the SFDL version of the Superman would be the HIGHER rated coaster over the SFA version only because it was originally made for that terrian, and the overall look/feel of the coaster is better because of the drop over the water, the final helix & straight section over water as well... makes a much better looking ride, both from on & off the ride.

I think that's one reason that the SFA version has higher looking concrete footers... because it being originally made for SFDL, they were originally placed in water....... but then again, I really havent seen the SFA in person, so I cannot comment.

The only reason it proably REALLY topped out SFDL version is because more peeps have ridden the SFA version.

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Monday, December 20, 2004 4:31 PM
RoSs....clearly the best non-inverting steel coasters in N America....and we're not seeing any MORE of them? What gives, even the 4-D is getting more *attention* again, and yet Intamin gets contracts for more rockets???

This message brought to you by "People for truth, justice, and the American (Swiss?) way of hypercoastering"...:)

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Monday, December 20, 2004 5:48 PM
I can't beleive SD2000 is not in the top ten, it's definitely a top ten coaster.If TTD is #6 then will KA be higher? I'm glad to see magnum XL200 is where it belongs out of the top ten.
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Monday, December 20, 2004 6:00 PM
Bleh.....not cool. I think That S:ROS at both SFA and SFDL aren't as good as the S:ROS at SFNE. I think they are actually pretty rough for being Intamin coasters. Those last three bunny hills hurt if you know what mean.;-)

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Monday, December 20, 2004 6:11 PM
SD2000 hasn't operated in 1.5 years!
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Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:05 PM
Why oh why is Expedition GeForce the BEST steel coaster out there? Aren't there any better ones?
OK, EGF is a great coaster, has a great layout, has a great feeling of freedom when you ride it (a little like riding a motorcycle) - and, I must say, I've never seen so many people with uplifted moods at a coaster exit, ever.
But it's not that spectacular, really.
I mean, there's Millenium Force - there's Nitro and Raging Bull - there's lots of different loopers around ... I myself would prefer the floating loops of SFMMs Riddler over EGF anytime.

How sure can we be that the Steel Coaster Poll isn't biased?

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Sunday, December 26, 2004 2:08 PM
You can't. If you don't trust it, you are clearly welcome to come up with a poll of your own.

I really see nothing shady about this poll at all. There is no reason to question it, as all of the numbers are right there in front of you.

I tend to agree with Rollergator. Instead of whining about wooden coasters not being smooth enough, there should be more semi-tall Intamin hyper-like coasters. Steal coasters with drops, airtime, and laterals are flat out fun.

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