Superman and Expedition GeForce Top the Poll Again in 2007
Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the results for all 350+ steel roller coasters in the poll.
For the seventh year in a row, the same two steel roller coasters are in the top two of the poll.
Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel lost no mutual rider comparisons to other steel coasters, winning the comparison
to #2 Expedition GeForce 13 to 10 (EGF's only mutual rider loss). SRoS did lose it's comparison to "Favorite Wood Coaster" 51 to 46.
Eagle's Fortress is included as a perhaps controversial #3 with an asterisk. Only six of the fifteen year old Korean ride's riders
participated in the poll but they are all well travelled enthusiasts and all rated it in their top ten.
Three coasters finished tied with six mutual rider comparison losses and one tie and were ordered based on the mutual rider comparisons
between the three of them. Millennium Force is placed at #4 as it was preferred by mutual riders to both #5 Katun and to #6 Nemesis.
Georgia's version of Goliath finished #7, while Holland's Goliath came in at #8, edging #9 Nitro among mutual riders. Maverick was tops
among 'new for 2007' rides, debuting at #10. Griffon also debuted well, at #13 it is the only other 'new for 2007' ride among the top 50.
"Favorite Wood Coaster" would have finished 4th this year, losing only its comparisons to 5 of the top European Steel Coasters. It would
appear that the wooden roller coasters being compared to those European steel roller coasters are not quite as beloved as those wooden
roller coasters being compared to the North American Steel coasters.
Goudurix reclaimed its spot this year at the bottom of the poll.
Participation was up this year to 592 ballots, easily surpassing last year's record of 415.
Within the top 20, 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/trios
of coasters in the top 20 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/trio.
With the debut of Maverick at #10 along with #4 Millennium Force, Cedar Point now has the top rated
steel coaster duo.
Busch Gardens Tampa is still the park with the top steel coaster trio, with #11 Sheikra, #15 Montu,
and #18 Kumba.
The following chart shows the mutual rider comparisons for the top 13 steel roller coasters.
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 #1 Superman won the comparison with #4 Millennium Force by a convincing 70 to 21 margin.
NOTE: the order they are listed in the spreadsheet is not the official order of finish.
Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the mutual rider comparisons for all 350+ steel roller coasters in the poll.
Note that any links below that are not yet active will become active as I have time to complete them.