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^Someone at KI yesterday who has been on all US RMCs ranked Joker the lowest (except maybe Goliath). I stand by my opinion that it just keeps getting better with time and will NOT be sluggish at all in the future and will deliver some of the best airtime of any of the RMCs. I had a few rides that were hauling and in those cases I thought it definitely beat out Wicked Cyclone, which for me beats out TC. I love TC but I don't get why people rank it so high over other RMCs. Soon I should be getting on Storm Chaser (which people thought was slow at first, but now are saying it's one of the best). Maybe even Lightning Rod later this year

 

I love the Joker. If I had to answer the Joker Vs TC question, I would say Joker easily has the stronger airtime and more completely layout. It all comes down to what you like in a coaster. A friend of mine who prefers TC said he likes the fact than TC dispenses with the "over banked turns" that get you from one element to the next that he feels slows down the trains. He likes the fact that TC is almost a straight double shot of elements without those multi turns, allowing you to take those two inversions at full speed.

 

Hope that helps.

 

i kinda think the joker lacks airtime. a lot of little pops. i like larger elements. besides the drop, my favorite airtime moment is the last hill before the pop into the brakes. underflip into the stall is great. because i like straight long first drops, and, i don't mind a one hit wonder, i'd give Goliath the slight edge. i am not a fan of the lift hill break on TC. i wish it would just jam up the lift hill.

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I've only been on the following, but I'd rank them as such:

 

1. Outlaw Run

2. Wicked Cyclone

3. Iron Rattler

4. New Texas Giant

 

But it's also kind of like saying "I'd rank El Toro first and Colossos last" on an Intamin woodies comparo.

 

Also, it seems like all of them run the "tickler" wheels (they cause high friction and the entire train vibrates like someone's calling it the whole ride) for a short period some time close to opening. If you ride any of them and get this experience, ride it again at a later date. I rode Wicked Cyclone last year like this and was underwhelmed because it must have an impact on the lap time. I rode it this year and it was awesome.

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I'd rank the ones I've ridden as follows:

 

Lightning Rod

Wicked Cyclone

New Texas Giant

Storm Chaser

Outlaw Run

Iron Rattler

Goliath

 

Lightning Rod is legit. It is definitely a step above the other RMCs, and I'm sure we'll see it top a lot of enthusiast wooden coaster lists.

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Okay, we've finally closed out our season with a trip to Texas, so I'm ready to contribute.

 

7. Goliath

6. Twisted Colossus

5. New Texas Giant

4. Iron Rattler

3. Outlaw Run

2. Lightning Rod

1. Medusa Steel

 

Goliath is clearly the weakest of the lot in terms of composition and what it does (or doesn't do). As such, it's kind of forgettable for me.

 

Twisted Colossus was great but the second lift makes this coaster really hard for me to assess and place properly. Because it's shorter and broken in two, I have a hard time placing it higher than any of the others.

 

Comparing NTaG and Iron Rattler is so difficult, because they're so different, but average out to about the same. I think Iron Rattler is actually more interesting and has a couple more standout moments, which is why it gets the edge. But the length, sheer scale, and amount of airtime hills on NTaG makes me almost reconsider. As it is, I was expecting to like NTaG more, but Iron Rattler's weirdness actually was more interesting to me than NTaG's steady hills for days.

 

Iron Rattler was a joy. It's first drop was incredible, and the barrel roll up onto the quarry was so neat. It was sooo smooth and re-rideable too.

 

Outlaw Run was wild, but it's not completely my cup of tea. I can concede that it's better than the previous four just by its balls-to-the-wall insanity, but it is too short and in some ways, the layout is a little underdeveloped for me. I did not love the double barrel roll even though I thought I would.

 

These top two are the clear favorite for me, head and shoulders (relatively) above the rest. I go back and forth on which is 'better', but for now I'll say this.

 

Lightning Rod is absurd. It's incredible. It is far and away one of the most intense coasters in the world, and definitely the most intense of the RMC lot I've ridden. The quadruple down is to die for. Everything is amazing. But I don't think it's my favorite.

 

Medusa Steel, to me, is the whole package. It is perfect in every single way, over every inch of its course. The pacing is sublime. The setting is beautiful, the airtime is ample, the inversions are exactly placed, the course is taken at full speed without bordering on uncomfortable, and I can't help but gush about this thing whenever I get the chance. There's just something about it that makes this ride so special. I don't think I'd argue with anyone that says Lightning Rod is 'better', but at this point and time, Medusa Steel is definitely my favorite, and, as a previous poster put it a page or two back, the coaster I dream about when I think of RMC.

 

 

 

My wife would rank them as follows:

 

7. Goliath - (she can barely remember that we rode this one lol, and almost can't believe that it's an RMC)

6. Outlaw Run - (the back seat was a little rough for her and left her with a sour taste)

5. Iron Rattler - (nice, but in her words, a little weak at times)

4. Twisted Colossus - (just a lot of fun)

3. New Texas Giant - (very rideable, and she loved how long it was)

2. Medusa Steel - (amazing but not as good as Lightning Rod)

1. Lightning Rod - (hands down favorite)

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IMO, I'd rank them like this

 

1. Lightning Rod

2. Wicked Cyclone

3. Twisted Colossus

4. Wildfire

5. New Texas Giant

6. Joker

7. Goliath

8. Outlaw Run

9. Medusa Steel Coaster

10. Storm Chaser

11. Iron Rattler

 

IRL, I've only ridden Goliath but next year I'll be riding Lightning Rod, Twisted Colossus, and possibly Storm Chaser

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So far none.

 

And with Wildfire at Kolmarden rumored to be closing, I think it'll be a while before I can get to one close by Italy. (LOOKING AT YOU MIRABILANDIA!)

 

Oh, unless you didn't know, yes. Wildfire may be closing.

 

The Swedish Environmental committee apparently revoked Kolmarden's permit to have it, since it was causing trouble with the area's fauna.

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And with Wildfire at Kolmarden rumored to be closing, I think it'll be a while before I can get to one close by Italy.

Wait, huh? Did I miss something??

 

Yes and no, he's being a little bit dramatic. Go to the Kolmarden thread and read that.

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IMO, I'd rank them like this

 

1. Lightning Rod

2. Wicked Cyclone

3. Twisted Colossus

4. Wildfire

5. New Texas Giant

6. Joker

7. Goliath

8. Outlaw Run

9. Medusa Steel Coaster

10. Storm Chaser

11. Iron Rattler

 

IRL, I've only ridden Goliath but next year I'll be riding Lightning Rod, Twisted Colossus, and possibly Storm Chaser

 

I understand that when you've only ridden one RMC, this thread isn't really fun. So I get why you speculate - But let me tell you, predicting where these RMCs will rank will never be right! These coasters surprise you in ways you'll never expect! Also, you have Outlaw Run and Medusa Steel WAY WAY too low!

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I understand that when you've only ridden one RMC, this thread isn't really fun. So I get why you speculate - But let me tell you, predicting where these RMCs will rank will never be right! These coasters surprise you in ways you'll never expect!

 

Before I rode any RMCs I ranked them

 

NTaG, WC, IR, SC

 

But after riding them I rank them as follows

 

IR, WC, SC, NTaG

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Guess I never updated my rankings after finishing them all

 

1. Lightning Rod

2. Wildfire

3. Outlaw Run

4. Medusa

5. Storm Chaser

6. Twisted Colossus (if dueling)

7. Wicked Cyclone

8. Joker

9. New Texas Giant

10. Iron Rattler

11. Goliath

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Guess I never updated my rankings after finishing them all

 

1. Lightning Rod

2. Wildfire

3. Outlaw Run

4. Medusa

5. Storm Chaser

6. Twisted Colossus (if dueling)

7. Wicked Cyclone

8. Joker

9. New Texas Giant

10. Iron Rattler

11. Goliath

 

Congrats Jake, I think you might be the first person to have ridden them all!

 

I haven't rid LR of Wildfire, but I definitely agree with you next two (and where you placed Goliath haha)

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I've been on five:

1) Outlaw Run

2) Wildfire

3) Medusa

4) Storm Chaser

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5) Goliath

 

Honestly, the first four are outstanding, grade-A coasters, and would probably all fit in my top 20 coasters overall. Goliath is a good ride, but a definite step down.

 

Hoping to add at least one more in 2017!

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Anyone hit all 7? I'm wondering how they stack up.

 

New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas

Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City

Iron Rattler - Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Medusa - Six Flags Mexico

Goliath - Six Flags Great America

Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain

Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England

 

I've only done New Texas Giant and Wicked Cyclone. I much preferred NTAG (my #3) over Wicked Cyclone (my #14). NTAG's airtime seemed more intense, and not being allowed to select my own seat on Wicked Cyclone really put a damper on my ride.

 

Why can't you select your own seat on Wicked Cyclone?

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