Mitch's Poll: Steel Coaster Results

Friday, December 17, 2004 3:54 PM
Well, I did the wood results post, so why not the steel too?

http://www.geocities.com/wcoasterpoll/scprs04.txt

In case it goes down, here's your top 10:

1. Expedition GeForce
2. SROS - SFNE
3. SROS - SFA
4. Millennium Force
5. Nyquil (err, Nitro ;) )
6. TTD
7. SROS - SFDL
8. Apollo's Chariot
9. Nemesis
10. Storm Runner

*** Edited 12/17/2004 9:07:40 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:00 PM
SFA's Superman in the #3 position? Wow, it's highest ranking ever by this poll. Funny part is SFA's Superman actually moved up dispite many people complaining about the new restraint system. Congrats SFA for its highest ranking in either of Mitch's Coaster Polls ever.

And congrats to Hershey on Storm Runner for rocketing (pun definitly intended) into the top ten. It's really a great and it just shows that a rocket coaster doesn't have to be the tallest or fastest to be one of the best.

Then again, it seems much fewer people voted in this poll than in years past, so, it's hard to tell how well this poll really reflects most people's opinions. *** Edited 12/17/2004 9:06:42 PM UTC by Coaster Lover***

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:01 PM
Hmmm 7 Intamins and 3 B&Ms. Maybe PKI will get a hint!
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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:02 PM
Waaa, we only have the #7 coaster, SF screws us, if we got better treatment we'd be #1!

Waaa, we only have the #3 coaster, SF screws us, if we got better treatment, we'd be #1!

There, now RoS, DawgByte and BFSFA may actually respond with something of substance, their whining has been covered. :)

Yay for two of my top 5, Storm Runner and Nitro! Glad to see the SR love is much better here than in the GTs!

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:05 PM
I'd like to point out that OF those Intamins, FIVE of them are traditional chain-lift coasters, and those are non-looping...

The other two (launched Intamins), there's one looping, one not. So, if you really want a top-tier coaster, buy a traditional Intamin hyper...:)

Does anyone *important* read these threads anymore...;)

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:12 PM
Guess it's only fair to post the bottom 10 as well:

268 Fav Vekoma Corkscrew
269 Fav RC40/50
270 Santa Monica West Coa
271 Ravine Flyer (Waldameer)
272 Fav Arrow Corkscrew
273 Ninja (Six Flags St. Loui)
274 X:\No Way Out (Thorpe Park)
275 Viper (Six Flags Great Ad NJ)
276 Flashback (Six Flags Magic Mo)
277 Gouderix (Parc Asterix)

Sucks to be SFMM, both a bottom 10 steel coaster and a bottom 10 wood coaster...

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:32 PM

Teenage Ninja said:
Hmmm 7 Intamins and 3 B&Ms. Maybe PKI will get a hint!

Hmm.. go with a much more reliable coaster, or go with one that runs a much greater risk of downtime. Just because Intamin has a buch at the top doesn't neccessarily mean that they are better, plus, those coasters are as if not more expensive than the costliest B&M customs...

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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:37 PM
After being so disappointed in the wood coaster poll results, I didn't send in my steel coaster ballot
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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:39 PM
That SFA or SFDL's Supermen would be that high is laughable. They're OK rides, but come on...
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Friday, December 17, 2004 4:43 PM
Yay, for Nitro!

I know quite a few enthusiasts blast it for it's more floater airtime and killer midcourse, but for me Nitro has everything I look for in a steel coaster. Long, smooth drops, non-restricting clamshell restraints, a real sensation of flying. It's Magnum, without the hurt. I only wish it were closer to me. As for EGF, that one is just perfection, the best coaster on the planet IMO, wood or steel.

With the exception of TTD(yawn), I like this year's list.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 5:03 PM
Aye, and Goudurix isn't that bad any more (really). It's certainly not a top ten coaster, but I've ridden an awful lot worse.
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Friday, December 17, 2004 5:43 PM
Jeff, I agree, (to me) its odd to see all three S:RoS's in the top 10, but the one that I rode was good and all, but not what I would think of when I think "Top 10 in the World", even with just steel coasters. I havent even eclipsed 100 coasters, but it barely slips into my Top 10.
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Friday, December 17, 2004 6:02 PM
Wanna explain the S:ROS stamina? All you have to do is look at 8 of the top 10 steel *and* wooden coasters. Enthusiasts love airtime, in everyway, shape and form. Sometimes I think we let it cloud our judgement.

I'm sorry, I like Shivering Timbers and all, but #1?

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Friday, December 17, 2004 6:22 PM
#28 Stunt Fall (Madrid) - 16 riders in 2004
#96 Deja Vu SFOG - 15 riders in 2004

The indignity for SFOG. I think Giant Inverted Boomerang voters let a little resentment into their ranks when ranking boomerangs. Although, I haven't seen the head-to-head match-ups.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 6:26 PM
I had the same reaction when I saw SFA's superman at 3, but then I thought about it. MF is tall, and fast, but there isn't any moment anywhere like that "slam" at the bottom of the third SFA:SRoS hill. Not to mention the bunny hills on the return with Magnumesque pops without the thigh bruises. So, while I'm not sure I'd rate them the same way, I can see why people would prefer the "lesser" RoSes to, say, MF or Magnum.

However, following that reasoning, you'd think Apollo's Chariot would fare better. I've only ridden it from the back, but it took me by surprise the first time I got on it, in a good way. Good times.

*** Edited 12/17/2004 11:27:20 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

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Friday, December 17, 2004 6:27 PM
LaMarcus,

If by indignity for SFoG, you mean, the thing never ran other than one instance (long enough to strand a few of my friends on the second spike for about 15 minutes facing skyward), then I agree.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 7:00 PM
SFA's Superman #3? That's pretty good for a park that has a horrible coaster line-up and is LOOOONG overdue for another new coaster ;)

mOOSH [beating BatwingSFA to the punch]

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Friday, December 17, 2004 8:27 PM
Good to see Viper in the bottom 10, but I'm disappointed it's not dead last. That is one of the wickedest steels I've ever been on, and I loathe going to SFGAdv with a friend who's never been on it, because I always get dragged on it for support. (What can I say? I'm too nice to say 'no' to my friends). Heck, the last time I went on it with a friend of mine, I literally had to stop at a gift shop for some advil and contemplated going to first aid that's how bad my head and neck were hurting. The only upside is that this coaster is almost always walk on, even on days where everything else has 30-45 min wait :)
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Friday, December 17, 2004 9:48 PM
TTD #6 wow!!!! So MF goes up one in amusement today and down one ranking here.

Is Nemesis really that good?

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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:04 PM

DWeaver said:
Wanna explain the S:ROS stamina? All you have to do is look at 8 of the top 10 steel *and* wooden coasters. Enthusiasts love airtime, in everyway, shape and form.

I like airtime, probably more than anything, but I didn't think that SROS had the best airtime out there.. good, but it didn't make the ride superb for me ;)

HomeyG, it was open for about an entire week towards the end of the season... to bad it was weekend-only operation, so that was like four days with continuing problems :(

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