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It's an interesting concept about the different stages of enthusiasm (or enthusiast tastes) that people go through, and it's all highly personal depending on what and when you ride things. Probably a good idea for a thread there if anyone is bored.I don’t have strong views on either of those as I haven’t ridden them, but I appreciate they are supposed to be good. I expect to personally rate Helix slightly higher than Taron and then Taiga somewhere around Taron (depending on whether it’s more like Lech or Abyssus - different manufacturer of course but if you’ve done both, which I think you have, you’ll know what I’m getting at).
As I said, I think at this stage in my experience I’m heavily drawn to extreme bombast and a raw pop of aggression/thrill will trump a longer, meandering ride.
I do still rank Taron far higher than, say, Abyssus, so I’m not lumping them all together. I do think Abyssus’s placement at 139 is pretty generous…
I have high hopes for Velocicoaster.
I would have been disappointed by Helix if I hadn't ridden Operation Enterprise, Blue Fire and Icon beforehand and consequently lowered my expectations for the speed. A night ride on Helix however is without a doubt a magical experience though and it's extremely re-rideable. A real masterpiece of a ride.