As far as coasters that should be on the list but aren't, I think Six Flags' Batman clones are exceptional coasters. They've hurt the brand by cloning them so much, but there's a very good reason these things keep getting cloned: they deliver the goods in a fast, tight package. The success of those coasters undoubtedly helped pave the way for Montu and Afterburn.
Robert, what kind of coaster would Manta at Sea World Orlando be considered? I love that ride!
Furthermore, Dragon Challenge's been dropping since the dueling element went away, so who knows if it would have made the cut if the tournament had started in March?
That said, I'm glad that so many readers are stepping up here to campaign for their favorites since I'm no help in this category.
(On a side note, Patriot at Worlds of Fun, as far as I can tell, is exactly the same layout as Talon at Dorney. A good ride, but not long enough to be considered great).
Anyway, of the remaining coasters I gotta go with Montu but mainly as a "no" vote to Non-Dueling Dragons. I would have probably picked Alpengeist as my favorite inverted given the opportunity (sorry, Robert).
One note about Montu, the layout incorporates a "batwing" element (Afterburn has one as well, I think...), which was pioneered on the Orient Express coaster (called a Kamikaze Curve, back then) at my very own local park, Worlds of Fun. Much of my hatred of Cedar Fair stems from the fact that they came in and tore the Orient down without so much as moment to reflect and say goodbye.
Curse you Cedar Fair and all your stationary carnivals.
Robert, for future votes it would be interesting in collecting the number of voters that have actually ridden each ride. Sometimes people vote for a ride because it is the only one in the list that they have ridden. It would be interesting to see the percentage of voters that have ridden each ride.
Regarding the landscaping, other than the one big prop I did not see anything about the landscaping that looked expensive (the coaster was built for $15 mil which is about average for a B&M inverted - Patriot cost $14 mil - and would not allow for much in the way of special theming). Again, please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Heck, TH Creatve does it all the time (even when I am NOT wrong).
Second would be Afterburn, which is at my 'home' park of carowinds. It's just a great smooth fast inverted coaster.
Next would be dragon challenge. it was more fun when they dueled, but overall the individual coasters just don't measure up to the best inverted coasters.
Raptor is a good coaster, but it's a little too twisty/windy and rough for me.
Alpengeist (not on the list) is a great ride as well. not quite as good as afterburn, but close. Big Bad Wolf was a fun coaster that used the terrain well. (Does that count as an inverted coaster? If so, then Iron Dragon at Cedar point was just plain fun, even though it was nothing special other than it zipped through the trees and never had a line, so you could ride it over and over again.)
Also, if we're going to downgrade Everest and Indy Jones at Disneyland for "broken" elements, I think the same should be done for Dragon Challenge. Granted, the tracks no longer duel for safety reasons but a major draw of this ride was the near collisions.
I think anonymous poster 188.8.131.52 said it best..
"I've been on all the best inverted coasters in the united states. Montu is by far the best. It does everything a coaster lover wants out of an inverted. Its also very well themed. Love the ride a lot and love Busch Gardens. Both of the busch garden parks, and even the sea world parks have amazing world class coasters".
Took the words right out of my mouth. Even though Busch Gardens Tampa does not have a large number of coasters, the ones that they do have are outstanding (with Gwazi being the exception, due to aging).
By the way, props to Afterburn for making the list. A great coaster for a smaller market park like Carowinds. We have made a few trips there from Atlanta during the past 10 years. Can't wait to experience the new 200+ ft. Intimidator.
There aren't a whole lot of differences between Raptor and Montu. Both are longer, drawn out coasters in the open air, as opposed to the compact nature of Nemesis and Dragons. Montu was built a couple of years after Raptor though, and has a little more size, speed, and kick to it...which is why it got my vote.