Smooth/Rough preference: Is it cyclical?

Sunday, July 8, 2001 6:04 AM
Just wondering if you all think that the more intense coasters will become more popular shortly. In 1995, at SFGAM, they introduced Viper, a smooth
wood coaster. Then came Raging Bull, smooth as glass, and I loved it. I've been riding these almost exclusively for the last 3 years. Last time I hit the park I particularly enjoyed some of the rougher rides I hadn't hit in a while, like Batman, Shockwave, and Iron Wolf. Just wondering if people might start getting tired of the smooth B&M hypers, which I regard as more relaxing than thrilling. I'm starting to long for some intensity, even if my head pays for it a bit. Anyone else?
Sunday, July 8, 2001 10:50 AM
I used to love Shockwave. Then B&M and Raging Bull came along and Shockwave has lost favor for me. In fact, I was even disappointed with Magnum @ CP because it was rough (I thought it was the inversions that made Arrows rough - I guess I was wrong).

I love Viper...but that is mostly because of the airtime. Sure it's smooth, but I also love The Boss, The Legend and Son of Beast - considered some of the roughest woodies out there.

So maybe you are on to something...personally I like steel coasters to be smooth, as it seems that that is the main benefit that steel offers, aside from inversions. I like the woodies to be rough, at least a little bit, because it adds to the "Is this thing really safe ?" thrill and because it just seems "right" that way.

I have a question - Gemini @ Cedar Point is a steel tracked coaster with a wooden structure. It's also an Arrow. It is uncommonly smooth for an Arrow. Does anyone think this may be due to the steel/wood combo ? Does the wood absorb some of the shock ? Just an idea...
Sunday, July 8, 2001 11:12 AM
I love the Magnum because it is a little rough, it tosses em around and that makes it all the better. I don't mind jostling, but I do mind, constant vibration of the train, like SOB.


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