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I have been on four RMC’s prior (Wicked Cyclone, Joker, Storm Chaser, Goliath) so I had an idea of what to expect, although on a much grander scale of course. It met those expectations (and then some). To sum it up in short, it has the strongest ejector air I have ever experienced… And it happens over, and over, and over again. It mixes laterals, crazy air time and a super smooth, thrilling layout.

 

The first half is just awesome! The outward bank hill is great fun and that zero-g, turn and reversal stall from around the lift is the highlight for me. A great trio of elements. After the MCBR, it turns up to 11. The S-turn hill before diving into the structure was a surprise and probably my favorite airtime moment on the ride as it’s a bit more sustained over a longer period of time than most of the other hills which are more abrupt in typical RMC fashion. The turns, zero-g-rolls and airtime pops within the structure are disorientating for sure. The pacing doesn’t let up any and you race through the structure are crazy speeds to the finale of the “mechanical bull” hop finale, as I call it, those quick airtime hills before the brake run.

 

It’s one crazy ride and will be a HUGE hit for the park, no doubt. Hard for me to place the ride in my “rankings”, which is basically non-existent anyway… But it’s for sure a ride that will be regarded as one of the best in the world. Steel Vengeance is an enthusiasts coaster, for sure. One of the most intense, ejector-air filled rides. It hit’s all the things that make for a great coaster (drop, speed, smoothness, laterals, airtime, inversions, head choppers, ride length, etc…). It has it all.

 

Oh, and there is not a bad seat on the ride. You hardly notice any difference between the front, middle and back rows to be honest (aside from the view from the front, of course). The ride just goes so quickly and is so intense that it just really, really doesn’t matter. Seriously.

 

After lap number six, I was done. The ride experience is so intense the thighs/shin started to get sore from all the airtime and myself personally, couldn’t really “handle” another ride yesterday. It’s nothing like say Millennium Force, Raptor or hell, even Maverick… This is a whole different beast of a ride.

 

There is no doubt that this ride will likely be top of almost any poll for every single applicable category this year. It’s inevitable!

 

Now, for the photos... Enjoy!

 

26879014627_f809938d09_c.jpg1B5A4337_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879015947_798137fb40_c.jpg1B5A4339_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39939806610_fd7e0aa2bb_c.jpg1B5A4349_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879063437_e7bf496377_c.jpg1B5A4350_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41706319012_2d40b948dc_c.jpg1B5A4351_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747479651_d1fc42d299_c.jpg1B5A4352_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41706351782_444913817b_c.jpg1B5A4362_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41029481284_e6d6661763_c.jpg1B5A4366_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848033445_c34b9dbd75_c.jpg1B5A4371_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879145207_f5059a0977_c.jpg1B5A4376_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747524281_422cae66ba_c.jpg1B5A4380_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879158757_b08c619f58_c.jpg1B5A4381_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27877977968_ba5b79be21_c.jpg1B5A4365_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

 

41747459051_a5704396e8_c.jpg1B5A4341_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848052605_b304dbfa55_c.jpg1B5A4383_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39939891000_ee20673d9d_c.jpg1B5A4393_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878021708_f558baa0f7_c.jpg1B5A4404_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747515681_6e029b6731_c.jpg1B5A4374_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747549781_beb2ba80e6_c.jpg1B5A4433_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879190257_0d6891b247_c.jpg1B5A4448_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848077325_53b04ee5ab_c.jpg1B5A4449_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879185677_63d60ccc2d_c.jpg1B5A4441_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878042408_495b2e9940_c.jpg1B5A4456_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848086425_184e23027c_c.jpg1B5A4470_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878061778_77d69f1c22_c.jpg1B5A4473_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41706465152_4de1232cdf_c.jpg1B5A4477_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848108645_4264ec7a28_c.jpg1B5A4479_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39939956470_3d49249c4a_c.jpg1B5A4481_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39939957540_9773c8f4ba_c.jpg1B5A4501_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848119555_0d97aff9cf_c.jpg1B5A4504_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747612971_b6c467c723_c.jpg1B5A4545_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39939985030_e120d14a3f_c.jpg1B5A4566_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848140555_8ce5132f90_c.jpg1B5A4575_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878103058_32870dbb83_c.jpg1B5A4586_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848138245_7244d62afc_c.jpg1B5A4573_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41029607274_7f5c47616b_c.jpg1B5A4553_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

40848151265_b9795e84ec_c.jpg1B5A4595_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747649911_49c3503b55_c.jpg1B5A4615_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747650871_40f18eb3c9_c.jpg1B5A4619_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39940017700_0ba287db13_c.jpg1B5A4624_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41706532812_eb773aa405_c.jpg1B5A4647_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41706533492_29f5af1fc8_c.jpg1B5A4649_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878138758_949cef6525_c.jpg1B5A4672_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41029658624_98a7af1fe4_c.jpg1B5A4678_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

41747687611_e74702cd94_c.jpg1B5A4692_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39940063660_f735f60e85_c.jpg1B5A4714_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39940061500_d30916e8f2_c.jpg1B5A4711_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

26879332017_7f711ae799_c.jpg1B5A4700_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878165598_5e8b921a10_c.jpg1B5A4722_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

39940072080_10066e5118_c.jpg1B5A4735_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

 

27878172238_5e5574a636_c.jpg1B5A4739_DxO by Steve Franczek, on Flickr

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Beautiful photos!

 

Oftentimes, Storm Chaser's double-up is referred to have the strongest ejector air. Theoretically, how many rides on Steel Vengeance are realistically achievable before your thighs have taken enough?

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great pics!

 

I hadn't realized that the queue offered such great photo opportunities.. cannot wait to see it in person.

 

Really like all your pics (and Robb's are fantastic too). .but I think this might be my favorite non-official pic, I've seen thus far:

 

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Thanks everyone! The ride is very photogenic, but too bad the weather/lighting was so poor that morning with dense fog. It made for a cool look though, I admit, but I look forward to getting more photos under some blue skies and nice lighting! The queue line offers some really wonderful views though.

 

 

Oftentimes, Storm Chaser's double-up is referred to have the strongest ejector air. Theoretically, how many rides on Steel Vengeance are realistically achievable before your thighs have taken enough?

 

Storm Chaser has nothing on SV, honestly. I rode Storm Chaser probably a dozen times in the same day and was not nearly as sore as I was after only 7 on Steel Vengeance. Seriously, on my seventh ride I literally could not ride again because each airtime hill was just too painful on my thighs/shins. The struggle is real!

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... The ride is very photogenic, but too bad the weather/lighting was so poor that morning ...

 

Honestly I think the weather made for some awesome photos. The "wet" look of the wood (and track at points) made for AMAZING photos!! It was one of those situations that the weather made for unique photos!! Think of how many "normal" bright sunny day photos of Steel Vengeance will be floating around!! At least yours are unique!

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I know that there was fog that morning of media day. However, was the track wet?

 

I wonder if the train was running slightly faster that morning.

 

Track was slick and they were using wheel heaters in the station.

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I know that there was fog that morning of media day. However, was the track wet?

 

I wonder if the train was running slightly faster that morning.

 

Track was slick and they were using wheel heaters in the station.

 

What do wheel heaters look like?

 

Are they used to keep the train running at normal speeds?

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Like giant portable space heaters to get the grease and such warmed up for cool days. You could feel the heat rising from

in between the cars when boarding. Also, they had one in the transfer area as well. Can't recall what they are named (brand or whatever, but it was marked on the side).

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^Thanks so much for providing these photos.

 

I'm currently doing a school project regarding methods of heating the internal of steel, tubular track (mainly to allow for wheels to maintain a controlled temperature throughout the course). Your photos and Invertalon's insight have helped me out.

 

If you wouldn't mind me using your posts on my tri-fold board.

 

Thanks.

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