Vote of the week: Roller coasters - steel or wood?
This week's vote doesn't require much set up:
Continue the steel-vs.-wood debate in the comments....
Steel! The woodies are killing my back these days. I want a smooth, fast ride with some amazing drops. Give me Raging Bull or Millenium Force anytime over Mean Streak or Rattler.
Wow!! The resulsts are very odd??? Someone just posted a thread on this exact topic and everybody said they liked steel better!?!?!?!
I completely agree with that first comment... Nostalgia tells me to like the woodies better, but steel is just more FUN!
It's almost like comparing a 2007 Lexus to a 1970 Monte Carlo! The Lexus is the state of the art and offers so many more possibilities, but man, every time I sit in the Monte Carlo there is a special feeling that the Lexus will never be able to give me!
Well, I'm kind of split on this.
It was a tough call for me, but for the most part, I would go with steel. Much more smooth! Thats not saying that Woodies are not sometimes smooth, but there are some that will do a number on your back! You seem to be able to do more with steel as well (as in theming). It would be good to hear if there is any Woodie that has some kind of theme!
I voted for wood because my favorite roller coaster is El Toro at SFGA. The airtime & speed on that sucker is amazing!
I picked woodies, though it was a veryu hard choice!!!!
Steel all the way!
Steel. While woodies are fun, and have lots of airtime, there is an eventual limit to what they can do. And steel coasters are proven smooth, except for some exceptions, which are already quite mediocre.
If every wood coaster was like Thunderhead, I'd be clicking on the wood box. Unfortunately, most wood coasters out there lack the level of maintenance and upkeep required to keep them running properly (a conspiracy, I think, perpetrated by the chiropractic community).
Could you add a third option: It Depends - I can't really say wood or steel. I've been on great (and crappy) coasters in both mediums, and a great woodie will beat a mediocre steel any day. And vice versa. So I'd have to say if it's a coaster, it's my favorite.
If y'all take a close look at the question, I didn't ask whether folks preferred wood or steel. I asked if your favorite coaster was wood or steel. That should help focus the debate a bit, I hope.
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