FINAL RESULTS: 2005 Internet Steel Tracked Roller Coaster Poll

Two #1's in 2005 Steel Poll!

Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the results for all 300+ steel roller coasters in the poll.
For the fifth year in a row, the same two steel roller coasters are in the top two of the poll. This year, due to some questionable ballots and the narrow margins involved, Germany's Expedition GeForce and SFNE's Superman: Ride of Steel have been declared co-winners. Expedition GeForce was preferred 9 to 5 among mutual riders but had mutual rider losses to two lower ranked European rides. Millennium Force regained third place in the poll, a position it has held in each of its years in the poll except 2004 when it slipped to #4. Longtime European favorite Nemesis climbed to a best ever fourth place finish. Katun finished a best-ever (by far) fifth place, making three European rides in the top five. Nitro is in the top six for the fifth straight year. Pyrenees impressed the riders who made it to Japan this year enough to be voted #7 in the world and tops in the far east. Montu climbed to #8 this year while the Maryland version of Superman dropped to #9, just edging ahead of #10 Sheikra. Note that Montu was reordered down two spots manually as it had more losses and ties than two coasters with lower winning percentages. Sheikra finished as the highest ranked of the new for 2005 rides, although #7 Pyrenees had never had enough riders take the poll to be ranked before. Other notable debuts (new for 2005 or first time ranked): #20 Kingda Ka, #30 Powder Keg, #34 Orochi. "Favorite Wood Coaster" was ranked 4th this year. Within the top 15, the mutual rider tiebreaker was used twice to separate coasters that had the same number of blemishes (losses + (ties/2)) on their record....note that there are two pairs of coasters for which the coaster with the marginally better winning percentage (due to more valid comparisons against much lower rated coasters) is the lower ranked one of the pair. With the addition of Sheikra, Busch Gardens Tampa is now the park with the top steel coaster duo (#8 Montu, #10 Sheikra), and with #24 Kumba it also has the top rated trio. The following chart shows the mutual rider comparisons for the top 13 coasters (including "Favorite Wood"). Preferences are listed for the people who rode each pair of coasters. The chart should be read from left to right along the line for each of the top coasters listed at the left. For instance, it can be seen that co-#1 Superman won the comparison with #3 Millennium Force by a whopping 53 to 8 margin. Note that any links below that are not yet active will be soon (as those reports are completed).

2005 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Results Six Year Chart

Ordered by this year's results for all 320+ coasters, with each coaster's results dating back to 1999 also listed on the same line, this chart is the best way to see trends and consistencies in each roller coaster's ranking over the years.

2005 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Results Listing

Shows each of the 320+ coasters winning percentage, the number of wins, losses, and ties for each and tiebreaker information.

All 321 Completed Steel Poll Ballots

Look for your ballot, a friend's ballot, or for ballots that have similar 'tastes' for ideas on which steel roller coasters you should seek out.

Mutual Rider Spreadsheet

Has the coaster v. coaster voting results (including favorite wood coaster) showing which coaster of each pair was preferred (and by what margin) by the people who have ridden each pair of coasters. (LARGE: 2 MB Excel Spreadsheet)

Results Based Only on Voters who Rode each Coaster in 2005

These results help highlight how each steel roller coaster was running this year.

Locations of the 2005 Voters

Shows cumulative locations for the voters who specified their state or country on their ballot.

Ride Forces

Shows which ride forces the voters preferred and also six top 20 rankings based only on voters who listed each of the six ride forces as their favorite (or co-favorite). For an explanation of the tabulation algorithm and much more about this poll, visit the website