X is it smooth or rough

Saturday, October 25, 2003 10:07 PM
I've heard many people describe X as being glass smooth, while many others complained about bruises the ride gave them.
What is the deal with that?
Are the trains different or is it just a matter of finding the right seat on the train?
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Saturday, October 25, 2003 10:42 PM
It really is just a matter of where you sit...i've found the front is very rough and shakey, and the back is arguably one of the smoothest seats on the ride...rear right i would say...at least thats what i think...the trains dont differ too much in comfort...but i have never gotten close to getting bruises or anything close, the seats and restraints and seats are so comfortable...i want one in my room to sleep in...
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 3:04 AM
I'll give you the complete opposite opinion. I sat front seat and back seat on my trip west, and both gave me such a headache that I had to go sit down (a rarity for me). The only thing common to both was that I sat on the outside seats. When I posted this complaint in my trip reports, I was told that if you sit in the inside seats, its much smoother. Perhaps its as tempermental as a wooden coaster, I'm not sure, but on two separate days, I got rough, painful rides that have only been matched or topped by Son of Beast, Zonga and Revolution.

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Brett
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:49 AM
I personnaly have never had a bad ride on X with it being inside or outside seat, front or back. IMO X is as smooth as any B&M or Intamin, heck I feel more vibration on Scream then I do X. I think the problem with people reporting rough rides is because they are not wearing the restraints correctly. Xs restraints are made to fit you snug, there should be complete contact with the shoulders and Chest .

You should not try to leave the butterflies hi above your shoulders or chest b/c this causes you to become a human rag doll. You should also not hold your hands up if you have room between your shoulders/chest and the Butterfly restraints, b/c like I said you become a human rag doll tossed around like your in a dryer. X is super aggressive and very Intense you cannot ride this one like your average coaster. You cannot hop on X leave plenty of room between your lapbar/OTSRs and hold your hands up like on other coasters.

First your moving at a high speed, Second, your seat does complete flips while moving at high speeds, Third you don't think your arse is going to get beat to hell riding something like that all loose and free....think again.

When you get on X you make sure your nice and snug, no matter what seat you are in, or where you are on the train. Believe me you'll have the best ride of your life. Heck night rides God has to be controlling that beast b/c X will make you see him lol :O)~

Anyways I know X has lots of problems but roughness is not one of them. Its how your riding the beast, you can't just go jump on a bull with a loose saddle now can you?

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:52 AM
I went to SFMM in July and got the chance to ride X. I was in the front right seat on the end. Yep, the ride is a good time and a unique experience. But, I felt like my brain was scrambled. Not from the flipping...but from the vibration. I also, somewhere on the ride, managed to have my calves SMASH back on the bottom of the seat resulting in some some mighty impressive sore spots. Both of these are not great things to have happen. Especially when it's the first thing in the morning. I was on the first train going out and it ended up being the last of the day do to a breakdown. We had to get off in the loading part of the station. Even though I was beat up, I'm glad that I got to ride it before it broke down.

Edit: Oh, and the seats are incredibly comfortable and snug! I was definately not moving around IN the seat.

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*** This post was edited by FScottS 10/26/2003 9:54:17 AM ***

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 7:07 AM
Sounds like a good ride! I was starting to wonder if going home after a day without being a little sore, and battered was a thing of the past. I need to get to Magic Mountain this winter. Is X open in the winter? and are any other rides closed in the winter?
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 7:35 AM
After my 96 rides on X, I've only had about 5 or so BAD rides. However, it's been running VERY SMOOTH these last few days. for the most xtreme xperience, ride the back row, stair side, inside seat.
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 7:36 AM
How long is the line usually for X?
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 8:13 AM
It is not the smoothest coaster in the world, but it really isn't rough, just not BM smooth, but the sheer intensity and freakiness of the ride completely makes up for it. I hit my dead against the a back a few times and my calves got hit on the bottom (I was in the front right side, outside) and I still loved the line. On Physics day last year the line was and hour and fifteen minutes, very well worth it.
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 10:43 AM
I've had probably 2 bad rides on X. And what I've noticed (to me anyway) was that on both of those rides, it was due to the rotations of the vehicle. Most times it's smooth, and in some cases, even if your restraint is snug enough; it can throw you around pretty good. And like others have said, it's not B&M smooth, but it's still a smooth ride (when the rotations aren't jerky). Just bear in mind that this is not your typical coaster; it's an intense ride but totally worth it. I go for the front; good visiuals, especially on that skydive into Raven Turn 1.

The line can range anywhere from 3-4hours (single train with a breakdown), or 1.5 to 2hours (two trains, pray for no breakdowns). Personally for each breakdown, I'll add 15min. to the wait.

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 3:04 PM
I guess something must have been up the week I rode, because I followed all your instructions for a "glass smooth" ride and I got nothing but pain. The first hill and raven were wonderful and the rest of the ride was pretty freaky, but honestly, I don't remember anything beyond thinking "here comes the last Raven ..." after that on both rides, it was nothing but painful beating of my head, calves, shoulders, arms, etc. (and yes, I was snug and was holding on). Maybe if you're 5'8", its like being about 5'4" on a B&M - hell on earth!

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Brett
Resident Launch Whore

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 3:19 PM
Over the summer, I was able to ride it 2 times, while my girlfriend rode it one time. The first time, she sat on the instide and I was on the outside, somewhere in the middle of the train. She thought the ride was smooth as glass as I experienced the rough, outside. As for roughness, it is rough in a different way than you are used to. You get shaken front to back, rather than the normal side to side. I had a minor head-ache and my calfs ached a bit from the metal below the seat. The ride experience makes all this seem minimal and almost forgotten when you get off the ride.
On my 2nd ride, I sat inside seat, rear row (both times was stair side). This was the most unbelievable ride ever. Super-smooth, no banging!
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:33 PM
For me it depended on what side I sat on. On the R.H.S. the ride was bearable while on the L.H.S, it got jerky on the last raven turn. That is the first time I have witnessed a ride giving totally different experiences [depending on where you sit]

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 11:20 PM
If you are talking about the back row, is that the row that leaves the station last ?
Because X's train actually leaves the station backwards, there could be some confusion about front & back.

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Monday, October 27, 2003 3:47 AM
X is the best roller coaster I have ridden. It was very smooth, intense, just an overall great ride. I was left side front, outside. I waited 3 hours for a one train operation, and it was well worth it. Scream is much more rattily than X.

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Monday, October 27, 2003 4:30 AM
Yes, when I say back row, I am talking about the row that leaves the station last.
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Monday, October 27, 2003 6:54 AM
during my california trip in feb, i rode x four times. i had heard all about the roughness and i have to say that i xperienced it too. it was one of the roughest steel coasters ive been on. i rode in inside and outside seats. front of the train and back. also note that it took me six hours to get four rides over two days at the park. but from what i hear i did pretty good.

ttd

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