Mantis at Cedar Point

Friday, August 1, 2003 4:55 PM
Well MagnumForce, I've been on Vortex(PGA) and I have to say that it wasn't very smooth. It was nearly as rough as Iron Wolf IMO.

On the topic of Mantis. I was just on it the other day and I can honestly say that it is one of the smoothest coasters out there. Go ahead and bash me if you want but I really don't see what all the fuss(?) is about.

So yes even with SFGAm as my homepark, I can say that Iron Wolf is extremely rough but at the same time I also find Mantis to be very smooth and exciting.

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Friday, August 1, 2003 5:30 PM
PCar's Vortex, not PGA's.

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Friday, August 1, 2003 8:09 PM
Where are you riding Iron Wolf to get such rough rides? I ride in the *back seat* and still have yet to have a problem with the ride. And I've ridden it well over a hundred times.

-Nate

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Friday, August 1, 2003 8:44 PM
I rode Mantis about 3yrs ago now, and I thought it was ok. The one thing I don't like is if your feet ache from a long day at the park, you feel it all at once during the ride. That is why on my second day I rode it during the start of the day. The one thing I did not like was the fact that on my 2nd ride. While going up the lift my seat moved up on me, and It was right on my groin so the ride was too fun becuase it locked into that postion.

I think stand-up coasters are more with less inversions. I rode Shock Wave at PKD , and it was just as rough as mantis, it is just that the restrainets are diffrent. The turn, and dips are fun, but the inversions pull alot of G's and it wasen't comfortable for me. Also I got banged around on Mantis too.

Now... is it me or where there moments during the ride where my feet where not on touching the floor of the train? I think I felt it going into the second inversion? Is there a right way to ride a stand-up coaster? I heard slightly bend your knees? Im not too sure, and it would help so my next ride on Mantis my change my mind on the ride.
*** This post was edited by WoodenCyclone 8/2/2003 12:47:26 AM ***

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 10:12 AM
Front seat, back seat, everywhere.

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 10:25 AM
I totally agree with Nate, there is NOTHING rough about Mantis, or Iron Wolf for that matter...the problem in most cases is probably just that you're short, and these rides offer some really quick transitions, as previously stated. I also see no difference in Mantis rides I get now from ones I got several years ago, so don't give me crap about them aging badly.
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Saturday, August 2, 2003 10:40 AM
Short? I am nearly 6' tall, I wouldn't call that short.

I have ridden quite a few Beemer standups and none has given me problems like Iron Wolf. In fact I love Mantis and Chang and neither beats me up at all.

And no I don't notice a difference in Mantis rides from those a couple years ago, but id o notice a vast difference from the Mantis rides I got in 96, 97, and 98 from those I have gotten today.

Also the correct way to ride them is feet all the way back, stand straight up, lean forward, and if you can, pull the restraint down onto your shoulders. CP almost forces you to sit with the way they try to put the seats on Mantis. That is NOT teh correct way to ride.

Some of you people get so testy.
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Saturday, August 2, 2003 10:50 AM
For me, knowing that there is a possibility of some headbanging, I am prepared for it, and therefore brace myself for it. Last time I rode Mantis, I counted only two slight bumps.

However, the reason I only ride Mantis once per trip to Cedar Point is that the g-forces cause numbness in my feet at some points. It goes away as soon as the forces diminish, but still causes enough discomfort not to ride it frequently.

If it was at another park with fewer great coasters I would probably just deal with it, but it's Cedar Point. I'll ride something even better.

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 11:16 AM

BullGuy said:
I'm really looking forward to Last Blast again.


Well, you will be looking for quite a while because Last Blast does'nt appear to be happening this season. The first weekend of November is now part of the Fright Fest Schedule.

I havent met a standup that I didnt like. Been on Iron Wolf, Mantis , and Chang. To me, Iron Wolf is just plain intense which I enjoy. Mantis is good but didnt do much for me. Chang just blew me away. For some reason this standup really left me with a smile on my face when the ride ended.

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 2:38 PM
Well MagnumForce, you're just unlucky I guess.;)
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Saturday, August 2, 2003 7:39 PM
Not unlucky, everyone I have ever rode Iron Wolf with has agreed with me, they are all enthusiasts who are VERY well versed in coasters.

All find the thing absolutely atrocious.

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 8:00 PM
Well all my 'well-versed' friends that have ridden it enjoy the ride, so perhaps we're all just a bunch of sado-masochists...
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Saturday, August 2, 2003 8:15 PM
Good grief guys! Can't you just both agree that when it comes to things like this that it really depends on the individual, and how much tolerance of jerkiness they have. It doesn't have anything to do with being "well-versed" or anything.

Some people like the ride, myself and many others I know included, and others disdain it. My wife and a many others I know are in that category also. Neither of you is right or wrong. It's just different strokes for different folks.

Take care and God bless!

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:21 AM
I don't doubt that people enjoy it, I just think they are smoking crack if they find it "smooth" ;) Hell I enjoy the layout, but I don't enjoy going 10 rounds in the ring with the dang thing thats for darn sure.

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:51 AM
Now are you saying that you have a problem with my smoking crack?!:)
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Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:55 AM

DILinator said:
Good grief guys! Can't you just both agree that when it comes to things like this that it really depends on the individual, and how much tolerance of jerkiness they have. It doesn't have anything to do with being "well-versed" or anything.

Some people like the ride, myself and many others I know included, and others disdain it. My wife and a many others I know are in that category also. Neither of you is right or wrong. It's just different strokes for different folks.

Take care and God bless!


exactly, well put. this is like argueing with yout friend over whos feet are colder on a ski lift. no dude, you dont understand, my feet are way colder than yours.

mantis and all inverted coasters give me some form of a headache, although i have to say raptor gives me the worst out of all of them ive ridden so far.


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Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:56 AM
I never said I had a problem with it, just pointing out that it is seriously messing up your judgement ;)

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