Vekoma - Rough Transitions?

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 9:49 PM
Does Vekoma have the same problem as Arrow with the rough transitions from element to element? That might be why they are so rough, but on the SLC's, the swinging of the cars could explain that. I don't know though. Do you? lol

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:16 AM
It ahs something to do with the wheels. Do a search and you will find more info.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:20 AM
It's the loosely fitting wheels + bad transitions in the track which =a rough ride,particularly on the SLC's.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:23 AM
Is there any possibility that Vekoma will modify their new and future coasters to get rid of this roughness caused by the wheels and rough transitions? If they know the cause of the problems, why couldn't they design to resolve the problems?
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:24 AM

Probably because of cost, just like with Arrow.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:31 AM
If they were going to they would have done it by the fifth one. Not wait until over 20 are built.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:45 AM
But you see, why fix it if people are buying? It costs money to fix em, and if people keep buying Vekoma coasters, then why would they have any desire to fix them?

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:20 AM

coderGirl said:
Is there any possibility that Vekoma will modify their new and future coasters to get rid of this roughness caused by the wheels and rough transitions? If they know the cause of the problems, why couldn't they design to resolve the problems?

And they have, chica. To my knowlegde the new GIB's wheels are always in constant contact with the rails......a design coined by dear old Anton (RIP)

*** This post was edited by Antuan on 8/22/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:24 AM
Is Vekoma bankrupt, because I know they were having financial problems and I'm waiting for them to replace the trains on Mind Eraser at SFA. I'm no wimp but that ride isn't fun anymore.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:27 AM
Vekoma's do not have rough transitions, its simply the wheels and trains. The roughness is caused by the wheels bumping into the track.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:30 AM
Exactly, which is why when Kong got the newer, updated wheels on one of its trains, it suddenly was smooth as Medus***
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:31 AM

I ment to write Medusa

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:40 AM
When did this happen Wise Guy? I rode Kong about three weeks ago and it was still the dreaded gauntlet of death. Also I could see about a .375 gap between the side guide wheels.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:41 AM

Antuan, GIBs do not make solid contact :( (Just rode one last week) Ther seems to be less space between them and the track as compared to other Vekomas, but it's still there.

Yes, Vekoma's have some bad transitions. Nowhere near as bad as some Arrows, but not like those beautiful Swiss transitions.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:45 AM
There has to be some space between the wheels and the track. I believe it is the yellow train that has wheels made frome the new uremet composite. It has an outer rubber layer that absorbs more shock.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:47 AM
I can't believe that somebody would actually go out with measuring tape and measure the space between the wheels and the track.
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 12:01 PM
For a wise guy you certainly are *wise*. Soemtimes you can eyeball measuments (especially measurements commonly used in industry 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 5/8 etc.)

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 12:03 PM
3/8 = .375= either you're in the construction business or you just like pissing me off.
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