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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby SFOGchick » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:09 pm

There is definitely track missing from Mindbender when you do an I-20 drive by. Hopefully some re-tracking in the rough areas!
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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:22 pm

Wonder if they will have all the parts and pieces back together for opening day in a couple weeks. Sounding like it might be a no show on opening day.

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:45 pm

SFOGchick wrote:There is definitely track missing from Mindbender when you do an I-20 drive by. Hopefully some re-tracking in the rough areas!

There were rough areas? Where? I didn't feel any of these supposed rough areas during the 2018 or 2019 seasons.
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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:06 am

^My thoughts too. Schwarzkopf coasters run like an absolute dream. None of the ones I have ridden have included a single rough spot at all.
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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:10 pm

thrillseeker4552 wrote:^My thoughts too. Schwarzkopf coasters run like an absolute dream.

Agreed! Big time Schwarzkopf fan (who doesn't want a new train or new messed up bucket-y seats on our classic...)


thrillseeker4552 wrote:None of the ones I have ridden have included a single rough spot at all.

The bottom of the horizontal loop and at the bottom of the 2nd vertical loop - the fastest parts of the ride - sometimes buffet as we used to say. It's the hard plastic wheels going over the track joints; it happens so fast in those parts - combined with high G's, that it gives that buffet or slight roar sensation. Add to that years of layers of chipped paint. If the track pieces are fixed where needed, sandblasted - primed and painted, it's as smooth as it's going to get. (SF Magic Mountain, for example, threw a layer of fresh paint on the Revolution track 4 years ago; it looks great but years of chipped layers are under that, adding to the clunk.)

Over the years, track ties (in all directions) have been replaced with brand new pieces. When these wear out it can add to that noise/feeling. It's really not rough... it just feels a little more aggressive in those places.

I think someone mentioned re-profiling the rough spots... which in modern terms could be the high-lateral-g entries to the top of the horizontal loop and the tree-covered turn before the last loop; these are my favorite spots on the ride! But I'm aware many newer coaster fans don't like being moved side to side, and they sometimes refer to this action as rough. To me, these actions are the very essence of a roller coaster. Action in a coaster seat is becoming harder to come by these days (due to bucket seats and super-tight lap bars) so enjoy it while you can.

As far as the Revolution train being on the ride, I'm hoping it's just for test purposes; to test how the Six Flags in-house manufactured train boogies run on Mind Bender, so they can build some new ones. The bodies/seats/headrests/set up of the new Revolution trains are a hot mess and don't enable that loose in the seat feel that Schwarzkopf designed into his rides (the aforementioned lateral spots).

Those old Schwarzkopf/Mind Bender trains are so plain looking, but really a genius design. It's basically the same position set up for your body as on an old wood coaster (the kind before seat dividers and individual lap bars), but with individual lap bars. But note there is no seat divider; the individual lap bar does allow a good amount of lateral movement so you get that classic feel in the turns. Totally genius. There is a small gap between the wheels and the track, which makes the ride run loose but not messy (like an Arrow, for example).

This is a concept that has been largely lost on modern rides which have spring-loaded wheel assemblies... from an engineering point of view, this is good on VERY fast and tall ride, but not a ride the size of a Schwarzkopf if you want that loose feel. Basically, these classic steel coasters/trains by Anton have some modern stuff for loops but have some ride experience features of a classic wood coaster.

Oh, or they could be testing that Revolution train backwards.

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:43 am

I'm hearing that Mindbender and Batman and more in Gotham wont be running for Opening Day. They are still working on installing the 2 awesome carnival rides for the new season among other things. That's going to be awesome if they are also doing 1 train Goliath on opening weekend again.

Anyone else got more details?

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:00 am

Ya gotta love when enthusiasts preemptively freak out about a Six Flags not being entirely ready for opening day even though no Six Flags is ever fully ready for opening day.

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:07 am

Not sure being curious of the day's offering is freaking out. I'll have a good time regardless. Some folks traveling or making a special trip might be interested....and should probably reconsider opening day Six Flags trips in general.

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:02 pm

It's now officially 'The Riddler Mindbender'.

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Re: Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:27 pm

I HATE when they do that.

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