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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:12 am

The only places to watch out for are, both inverted drops, cobra exit and first barrel roll.
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:43 am

And the back half of the train...
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:40 am

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And the back half of the train...

Well, I only found that the floor vibrated, but it wasn't that bad...
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:27 pm

I am really disappointed with the Smiler, I want to love it but the 3 major clunks are enough for me to dread it after a good 15 rides I have had on it.

Inversions 3-11 however are fantastic IMO.
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:37 pm

I went on both within like a month of each other both for the first time and i'd say Saw is more rough than the smiler.
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:38 pm

I found Saw to be really smooth the first year it opened, but after going last year I found it quite rough. I found the Smiler to be much rougher than Saw. I rode it twice to make sure, and it's now one of two rides I'll think twice about going on in the future.

To put it in perspective I have listed my top 5 roughest rides, from most to least:
1) Infusion (Blackpool)
2) Smiler (AT)
3) Colossus (Thorpe)
4) Corkscrew* (AT)
5) Saw (Thorpe)

* when it was open
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:03 am

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I found Saw to be really smooth the first year it opened, but after going last year I found it quite rough. I found the Smiler to be much rougher than Saw. I rode it twice to make sure, and it's now one of two rides I'll think twice about going on in the future.

To put it in perspective I have listed my top 5 roughest rides, from most to least:
1) Infusion (Blackpool)
2) Smiler (AT)
3) Colossus (Thorpe)
4) Corkscrew* (AT)
5) Saw (Thorpe)

* when it was open


No way is colossus smoother than The Smiler! I have vowed never to ride colossus again because it was so rough. The Smiler is so smooth in comparison, and generally is a smooth ride.
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Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:28 pm

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No way is colossus smoother than The Smiler! I have vowed never to ride colossus again because it was so rough. The Smiler is so smooth in comparison, and generally is a smooth ride.


Colossus is more grindy than rough. The only part that is horribly rough is the Cobra Roll.
The Smiler sort of boucnes of each inversion.

Colossus' four consecutive heartlines are almost B&M smooth...
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:02 pm

As with SAW and Speed at Oakwood, the ride is smoother if you sit in the front row of the car. Thus, the first row is the best bet if you want a smooth ride with the Smiler.

It could be different, if they used lapbars...  :roll:  :(
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:52 pm

Did front row Saw at Thorpe's Summer Nights not too long ago and came out with visible bruises on both shoulders from the restraints. I'm 5'10 and average size so I dread to think what'd happen to a smaller person. Does The Smiler have the same type of Over the Shoulder restraint?
 
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Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:10 pm

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Does The Smiler have the same type of Over the Shoulder restraint?


Yes.
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:30 am

Unless they are trialling different wheels, I had two very smooth rides on Saw last night, the wheels were very quiet and no head banging and I was on two different cars as well.
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:25 pm

Can imagine you guys being in one of jigsaws traps.

"This is a bit rough jigsaw, these chains hurt me and I don't like the look of that blade spinning towards me"
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Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:59 pm

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Can imagine you guys being in one of jigsaws traps.

"This is a bit rough jigsaw, these chains hurt me and I don't like the look of that blade spinning towards me"


Okay... well that may be the concept of the ride, but you're not actually supposed to come off injured or in pain!
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:06 pm

I've never been on Saw but I found The Smiler very comfy, no head banging, the restraints were comfortable and so were the seats.
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:50 am

Sam198 wrote:
randompixel wrote:
Does The Smiler have the same type of Over the Shoulder restraint?


Yes.


I disagree,  if same type means is it an OSTR as a vague description, they yes it is the same.  There is a greater shoulder height allowance on these Infinity Trains.  Someone who I went with to Thorpe could not get Saw due to his broad shoulders, didn't even get down to touch his belly.  It's far more accommodating.
 
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:35 pm

I rode the Smiler 3 times last weekend and came home with a massive bruise on my shoulder! I've always come off it with some sort of mark. I think it's because I'm quite short and slide around during the ride because of the height of the restraints. Will probably limit myself to one ride per day in future  :|
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Re: Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:59 pm

I haven't been on saw yet, however from my rides of the smiler i dont see what the fuss is about Im 6.1 and the only noticeable bangs is the second half of the cobra roll, yes there's a slight jar entering the first of the 2 zero-g-rolls but i just let my self go lean forward and embrace the chaos of it all. If it ever gets as rough as a late afternoon back row ride on Gwazi that is when i shall deem it rough
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Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:32 pm

I think SAW is kind of worse head banging wise compared to the Smiler. The worst part of the Smiler is coming out of the Cobra Roll.

It does vary for me as the last time I did SAW a few Saturdays ago, I had an okay ride on it. Same goes for the Smiler.
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Is The Smiler as head banging as SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:49 pm

I'm not sure really. I've had some really good rides on Saw as of late, but that might just be because I know how to brace myself!
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