Do you find The Smiler rough?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Matt N, 25th Aug 2018.

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Do you find The Smiler rough?

  1. Yes

    42.5%
  2. No

    42.5%
  3. Maybe

    15.0%
  1. Sporech

    Sporech TowersStreet Member

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    Same. Had three rides on it today and it wasn't rough at all. The train had a rattle, but that didn't bother me in the slightest honestly.
    Funnily enough, on my first ride, my friend (GP who hasn't ridden before) said he got headbanging whereas it was butter smooth for me. We were front row, he was centre-right, I was right hand side. He is a fair bit shorter than me, so I reckon body shape has a lot to do with it.

    Thoroughly enjoyed each ride on it, it was super intense today!
     
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  2. Ryan B

    Ryan B TowersStreet Member

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    I've heard they've decided to invest in round wheels rather than squares this year. ;)
     
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  3. Mikw

    Mikw TowersStreet Member

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    Got six rides on it today!

    Once in the front row, twice on the third row, and three on the back row. No discernible difference on any of them. No rougher at the front or the back, and great fun
     
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  4. Ethan

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    The ride in my opinion is smooth. The only rough part is 12th inversion. You get an awful jolt on it.
     
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  5. Ben James

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    I agree, went to towers a few weeks ago and got a fair amount of rides in on The Smiler. From every seat I was sat in it seemed smoother than previous seasons, as others have suggested. The only major jolts being the inversion on the first drop and the second part of the cobra roll. Came off it every time without a headache which was nice.
     
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  6. bluesonichd

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    hands free and no bracing until 11 then hang on for dear life though 12, 13 and 14 :confused:
     
  7. Mikw

    Mikw TowersStreet Member

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    Did The Smiler in a torrential shower today,even more fun, but had to close my eyes for some of it!
     
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  8. stealthyjim

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    On occasion it can be rough through the later inversions, but never uncomfortable.
     
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  9. Jb85

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    To me for a newish ride it jolts a lot. Not surprised though poor build quality and it was left standing to rot for a year. Great ride and amazing layout considering the space it take up. I can’t help but feel it’s a missed opportunity though
     
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    It was actually left alone for 3 months, by September 15 it was being run and it reopened March 16.
     
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  11. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    After a bit of thought, I have changed my vote from "no" to "maybe". I still think The Smiler is a good ride, and I wouldn't say it's as unbearably rough as some older Gerstlauers I've done (aka Speed and Saw), but I definitely wouldn't call it smooth; it has a noticeable judder to it and has some pronounced jolts, in my opinion. I also find the final 3 inversions to be quite rough. Still, I suppose you can't really expect a 14-looping coaster with nearly 4000ft of track within such a compact space to be glass smooth!
     
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  12. ihaveaspergers

    ihaveaspergers TowersStreet Member

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    Unless it's a b&m...

    Sent from my Swift 2 Plus using Tapatalk
     
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  13. Doublethink

    Doublethink TowersStreet Member

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    Or a Mack rides launched coaster....
     
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  14. Danscott22

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    Still no, the only jolts are on the 2nd and 12th inversion and that is literally it, and they're not unbearable in the slightest, went on 4 times on Saturday and it's still absolutely fine imo.
     
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  15. Dave

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    Smilers roughness depends on how old the wheel compounds are. They have to use hard compounds to prevent stalling and these age quicker than softer ones so age badly.

    Other than the jolts, the jolts are just bad construction
     
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  16. Doublethink

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    Just had my best ever smiler ride by some way. 2nd row left seat. Pretty smooth all in all only the jolt on the second section cobra was realy notable. Air time hillls are the best part of the ride.

    Not a smiler fan by any means but that was one of the few times I have enjoyed it.
     
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  17. Jb85

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    That’s unavoidable after the rectification work they had to do on that drop
     
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