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Trax

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I guess some people love the smooth calm ride you get on a B&M and even some Intamins (Hyperion feels lika a rough B&M hyper) and some love the caothic style of a RMC such as Untamed and Wildfire.
Personally, the main reason I have issues with RMC are their terrible restraints. Sure, the pain is not as bad as on most SLCs, but my shins hurt after one ride, and if I tiptoe, the back of my leg starts to hurt as well due to the plastic edge. The layouts are fun, but it makes it hard to enjoy a coaster if every single twist and airtime moment hurts your legs.
I don't know how they even came up with these terrible restraints. Did they not consider that people can be 6" and over?
 
Nemesis Inferno is better than Nemesis.

Now to me I personally would count this as a least common opinion, but I can see why for a lot of people this would fit into a most controversial view as Nemesis is such a beloved coaster.

Don’t get me wrong Nemesis is not a bad coaster, it was just too overhyped, before I visited Alton Towers for my first time. To the point where I felt like it wasn’t even the best coaster at Towers when I first visited the park back in 2015. That actually went to Th13teen and Air, as it was post The Smiler crash.

Maybe I’ve just been rather unlucky and have had more bad rides on Nemesis than good rides on it, but for me Nemesis Inferno always delivers a fantastic ride every time.
 

sirloin

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Bringing this thread back to life, I was listening to the podcast for the first time and heard the discussion about El Toro vs. Voyage, and so I suppose my opinion that The Legend surpasses at least The Voyage, if not both, is probably pretty uncommon.
 

EDjanaika

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Rita is a trash ride, one of the worst and roughest coasters i've ever ridden! Rip it out and get a better coaster in it's place!
 

sirloin

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I've heard that from a few people. I've been on four, if my memory serves me correctly, and I'm inclined to feel the same way. Of the four (New Texas Giant, Goliath, Twisted Timbers, and Steel Vengeance), I'm not sure if I'd call any of the four of them my favorite at their respective parks (the latter two are maybes, with Twisted Timbers having fewer candidates potentially standing in its way than Steel Vengeance). They're all very, very good, and they're certainly top-shelf attractions, but I just don't recall walking off of any and thinking I'd ridden the greatest things since sliced bread. I feel like the maneuvers are there, but Intamin takes the edge in full-on intensity.
 

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I have, historically and still, been relatively critical of RMC (relative compared to some enthusiasts). I think there are several bits of several of their coasters that are complete turd (s-bend hill on Storm Chaser, mini-bunny hops on Untamed, cutback zero-g on SteVe, for example), I think their trains (restraints specifically) are a bit crap. Yeah sure, I have a bunch of RMCs in my Top 20, but they're at positions 1, 2, 12, 14, 16. They don't dominate completely.

But...

Steel Vengeance at night was truly something special.

Not only is the setting of the coaster just ****ing insane (climbing the lift hill looking one direction across the lake and the other across coaster-enthusiast-mecca with some of the most iconic rides in the world laid out in front of you), the first four big elements (drop, first hill, outward banked hill, zero-g) are breathtakingly well designed, and the second half - whilst features some of the RMC-crap I don't like - at night is just dizzyingly intense.

I do understand why people don't rave about them - as they say "each to their own".
 
I might have limited RMC experience and have not ridden that many coasters relative to others, but i'll give my two cents.

Before riding an RMC I was very sceptical thinking there is no way that they could be as good as everyone claimed. I can say though that after getting on the two that I have (Untamed and Wildfire), my mind has been firmly changed, with each coaster taking my number 1 and 2 spots respectively. I think it just comes down to what I like in a coaster, which is absolutely relentless back to back elements with some punishing airtime thrown in as well. There are no coasters i've ridden that feature such a variety of solid elements, whilst being ridiculously smooth and delivering that leg snapping airtime. I can understand why some people think they're overrated or don't find them very re-ridable (the restraints don't bother me), but for me the level of intensity they provide is perfect and in all the right places. Can't wait to get on more!
 

Matt N

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Rita is a trash ride, one of the worst and roughest coasters i've ever ridden! Rip it out and get a better coaster in it's place!
I think your opinion is relatively common amongst enthusiasts, and it’s even one I shared myself until fairly recently!

However, linking into that, I have a new uncommon opinion after my most recent ride on it; Rita is my second favourite coaster at Alton Towers behind only Wicker Man.
 

Eyebrows

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Fairly sure I win the game here and I preface this by saying I've ridden a single one.

But I really don't 'get' RMC's. Just make the entire ride out of steel, what purpose does the wooden base serve other than to add a USP to it?

Get your teeth stuck into that on a Saturday morning :)
if it’s a conversion, then it provides a cheaper option for parks who want to replace their wooden coaster but can’t afford a ground up ride, as the footers and some percentage of the structure can be reused. if it’s a ground up ride like zadra, then the main draw, besides it being an rmc, would probably be that wood is a lot easier to maintain than steel and has a longer shelf life as each board can be individually swapped out and wood is a lot cheaper than steel.
 

HeartlineCoaster

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if it’s a ground up ride like zadra, then the main draw, besides it being an rmc, would probably be that wood is a lot easier to maintain than steel and has a longer shelf life as each board can be individually swapped out and wood is a lot cheaper than steel.
Plus they like (cheekily) marketing it as an actual woodie.
 
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