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 Review of Nitro @ Six Flags Great Adventure
2 Rating Posted by: biosciking on 2/4/2007 5:46:00 PM
I would argue (as Im sure would most) that Intamin is the king of hypercoasters. However, there is a lot to be said for B&M hypers as well. While Intamin is all about the speed and airtime, B&M seems to provide a more relaxed (yet surprisingly no less thrilling) experience. Nitro is so unbelievably smooth and comfortable that you might think youre riding your easy chair around the track. The seat is very contoured, the lap bar is snug but not at all restricting, and your feet are able to dangle freely a bit. I even enjoyed the lift hill, as it gives plenty of time to look around, take in the view of Great Adventure, and realize how high youre getting. The first drop, to me the best part of coaster riding, is absolutely wonderful. Its very tall, steep, and fast, and you have so much freedom with just the lap bar to let your arms and legs go. I have ridden Apollos Chariot quite some time ago, and though it was my favorite ride at Busch Gardens, Im going to say that Nitro is even better. This, like Apollos, is a very sprawling coaster, but it has a few tighter twists and turns in addition that give it the edge. What I guess is being called the Hammerhead turn was very nice, as was the helix. But it truly is all the ups and downs that make this ride, like any good hypercoaster, what it is. From the huge ones toward the beginning to the little hops at the end (and I love how this provides a couple small dips followed by an even larger one to finish), Nitro delivers a breathtaking ride. Though its not quite as good as Superman at Six Flags Darien Lake, it does leap into the current spot as my favorite B&M.

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Animan1 on 2/10/2007 8:49:32 PM said:
Very good review. I must contest one point with you, however...I have ridden 2 of B&Ms hypers, Raging Bull and Apollos Chariot, as well as one Intamin hyper, that being Millennium Force. And as good as Millennium Force is, I did not find it to have anywhere close to the same amount of airtime as the B&M installations. I think that you were more or less referring to Intamins Superman coasters when you were talking about the airtime, as opposed to MF, and I cant comment on that, since I have not ridden any of the Ride of Steel coasters. I just found your comment about Intamins airtime to not really reflect my own personal experience with them and was wondering about your reference there. Again, nice job!
biosciking on 2/10/2007 11:35:55 PM said:
That is an interesting point, and youre right, I was in particular referencing the three Superman Ride of Steel coasters. Ive had the pleasure of riding all of these, but Ive not yet made it to Cedar Point to try Millenium Force. I guess I should make the distinction between the ejector airtime Ive experienced on Intamin coasters (S:ROS, the rocket coasters, even the simple bunny hops on DCAs California Screamin) and the more floater air that I get on B&Ms hypers (this one and Apollos Chariot are the only two Ive ridden). Both are great in their own unique way. Ill be mindful of this and see if my thoughts change as I get to try others, such as Millenium Force and Raging Bull.
Animan1 on 2/11/2007 11:22:07 AM said:
Good to hear, and I hope it didnt come across that I was trying to criticize your review in any way. I was just more or less asking for my own personal interest. If you are planning any iminent trips to SFGAm though, let me know...its my home park, so I may abe able to meet up with you if youd like - Id be happy to show you around.
biosciking on 2/11/2007 11:31:03 PM said:
Thanks for the offer. Im not sure what or when my next coaster trip will be. Probably not until late summer. Im thinking Ill try to visit the major parks in Ohio, but Illinois isnt too far from there, so maybe a visit to SF Great America could be a possibility too...
Animan1 on 2/12/2007 5:46:58 PM said:
No problem, just thought I would throw that out there.
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