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Lightning Rod features
Operating
United States
Rocky Mountain Construction
Wooden
Sit Down
RMC Topper Track
Magnetic Launch (LIM/LSM)
Lap bar
6/13/16
Reviews  117
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan F. 29 days ago

    Airtimes First Drop Ejectors Reliability

    I rode Lightning Rod in May of 2021 right after the I-Box retrack, and I loved every little bit of it (except reliability). The launch was decently forceful, the drop provided great airtime, the wave turn gave stellar sideways hangtime/airtime, and the twist and shout is just insane. One of the most underrated moments of the ride is the airtime hills leading up to the quad down. These provide INSANE ejector, and I might even prefer them to the quad down. The quad down itself is a bit overrated, but the ejector is great. Overall, Lightning Rod is a great RMC that places at #3 in my rankings (#2- Fury 325 #1- Steel Vengeance).

  • Inverted Thrills
    Inverted Thrills 2 months ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

    This is my second favorite coaster I've ridden. The ejector on this ride is some of the strongest I've experienced and it's such a fast paced ride. I have not ridden this since the retrack but I hope it's as amazing as when I rode it in July 2020

  • Daksh Gahlot
    Daksh Gahlot 2 months ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Intensity

    Best RMC in the world I'd say! You start with a great launch and it's just nonstop speed and ejectors the whole way. Twist n' Shout is overrated but Quad down makes up for it! Never got to ride with the topper track btw

  • X Coasters Forever

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors Reliability

    Lightning Rod is one of the greatest roller coasters ever built. This thing is non-stop action. It’s got the strong ejector airtime, intensity, and great pacing. My favorite part of the ride is the quad-down finale since I got ejected and I went flying out of my seat as I got whipped all around as the ride was zig-zagging all the way through! It is truly one of the best finales on any coaster! Overall, Lightning Rod is by far the best coaster I’ve ridden as of 2021.

  • Capital Coasters
    Capital Coasters 3 months ago

    Launch Intensity Ejectors Reliability

    Good

  • Hen Hen
    Hen Hen 3 months ago

    Pace Smoothness Ejectors

    I rode this ride fresh off of its retrack. It should be noted that I don't have a prior experience to compare it to but it was running very fast and smooth. My main complaint is that while it ran consistently all day without breaking down, it operated with one train while it had a 145 minute wait. It was annoying but I assume something was wrong with the other train. This ride is near perfect my only problem with it was that the quad down wasn't as good as I thought it would be. My favorite element was the outerbank after the twist and shout. It had the perfect mix of sustained, yet powerful airtime.

  • Coaster Demon
    Coaster Demon 3 months ago

    Airtimes Pace Intensity Reliability

    Easily the best RMC I've ridden. This ride has the strongest airtime I've experienced on any coaster. The ride is pretty intense aswell and the pacing is top notch. This is my number #1 coaster

  • Carter E.
    Carter E. 3 months ago

    Location Pace Ejectors Capacity Intensity Reliability

    This is an amazing coaster, the pacing and the airtime is some of the best on the planet, it doesn't even feel short, unfortunately i wish this ride had positives, this ride easily gets 5 stars for me

  • daniel
    daniel 5 months ago

    Airtimes Pace Intensity Capacity Discomfort

    Man, this ride is amazing.

  • Ty Paylez
    Ty Paylez 6 months ago

    Airtimes Fun Masterpiece

    Wow. What can I say about this ride. My first ever RMC and it did not disappoint! Had a front row ride and a back row ride. Hands down the most fun you can have on a rollercoaster. Amazing wave turn and outside banked turn. I do believe the quad down in the front row is a little over hyped but it is still fun. Thank you RMC and Dollywood for this perfect ride

  • Jackson Sparrow
    Jackson Sparrow 7 months ago

    Location Masterpiece Ejectors Too short

    Fantastic. I rode this just before it closed for the partial retrack, and I will say, it was decently rough, but not too bad. The theming and setting alone are wonderful, and combined with the coaster itself, it's almost dreamlike. There's tons of strong airtime, stronger than any other I've ever felt. The ride isn't really short, it just feels that way because of how fast you fly through the entire layout and how you don't want it to end. I know Lightning Rod has gone through many technical problems, but for my weekend at Dollywood, it wasn't broken down for a single second. Call it luck, but it says something when you can operate a one-of-a-kind ride like this more consistently than your B&M wing coaster.

  • Bart R.
    Bart R. 7 months ago

    Intensity Discomfort

    I rode it twice, once in the back row and once in the middle, and both were some of the least enjoyable rides i've ever been on. The layout is awesome, but the ride just hurt like hell and was incredibly uncomfortable. The ride broke down both times we were in line as well, making it even less enjoyable. Almost all other reviews seem to say this coaster is amazing though. So maybe it just had an off day? I'll try it again next time I'm in the area, and can hopefully update my rating.

  • Rik Steetsel
    Rik Steetsel 1 year ago

    Airtimes Launch Intensity Too short

    I was on a trip to USA last year with 27 other Dutch and Belgian Coaster fans. And we did already great coasters but this RMC was fenomenal. The launch on the lift hill is amazing so fast and then the real deal is the quadrupple down, THis element is so fun. I've ridden it in the mornig like 12 times because we had an hour ERT but the evening ride is the best with coaster because you don't see anything of the track in the dark. I rank this coaster as number 7 what a great 3rd RMC.

  • Mikhile Williams

    Location Intensity Ejectors

    This damn ride... my good lord. To this day, Lightning Rod is the one and only coaster that has given me an adrenaline rush that felt legitimately addictive. After almost every one of my 10 rides I NEEDED to get right back on it. Although it's had its well-documented reliability issues, I was lucky enough for it to be running very consistently when I visited last summer, to the point where a friend and I managed to marathon it for an hour or so on the first of our 2 days at Dollywood. The only time I didn't feel to re-ride was after that marathon session where I looked at my friend and said "yo my body needs a break." This thing is absolutely relentless from start to finish, and even so, it somehow hits another gear halfway through it. There are so many moments which characterise the nature of this coaster, but everything after the two wave turns is why Lightning Rod is my #1. From the off-axis airtime hill onwards, it's complete bedlam, and the quad down and subsequent speed hill might be my favourite coaster sequence I've ever experienced. As if the avalanche-like nature of the quad down wasn't enough, the speed hill which flies between the launch and the brake run, feels as though the train is crashing through a brick wall. Pure, unadulterated aggression. This coaster showed me definitively what my favourite coaster characteristics are - sense of speed, aggression, whippy elements and transitions, strong forces. Airtime is cool, but I much prefer it when it is implemented with the purpose of a sense of speed/aggression behind it, eg. LRod's world beating finale. LRod has the potential to stay at my #1 spot for a very long time. A truly special experience that very well may not be beaten for me anytime soon.

  • Jack Lathrop
    Jack Lathrop 1 year ago

    Airtimes First Drop Fun Reliability

    The one and only Lightning Rod. After over 240 rides across every single operating version of it, It is still my all-time favorite! The launch, airtime, pacing, and theme are all fantastic!

  • Mr. Roller Coasters

    Location Pace Ejectors

    It is an intense ride with POWERFUL airtime. It's not the longest ride, but if it was longer, it might be too much to handle, it is that insane. This is the only coaster to beat Steel Vengeance for me and I've been a SteVen fanboy for a while.

  • Slovis Cellery
    Slovis Cellery 1 year ago

    Pace Masterpiece Ejectors

    This is my number 1 without a doubt, no other RMC even comes close to packing in the full package like this ride does, it has the airtime of Storm Chaser, the Setting of Outlaw Run, the Pacing of Zadra. This coaster is indeed perfect, and with a night ride marathon on this thing, I came of in pain from the airtime, but it was pure joy.

  • Dan Wright
    Dan Wright 1 year ago

    Airtimes Ejectors Launch

    For all its problem during its first season, Lightning Rod is well worth the wait. A cocktail of beautiful hillside mixed with utterly relentless air time, particularly on the ludicrous hillside finale. Whilst the launch itself is lacking any significant grunt, the remainder of the ride that hides over the crest of the first hill is downright bonkers and a thorough joy right to the last moment.

  • Luca Boucher
    Luca Boucher 1 year ago

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors Reliability

    Every element after the launch has ejector, and most of it is extremely strong ejector. The ride starts with a fun launch which goes directly into a short but intense ejector moment which then leads into the amazing first drop which provides strong, sustained ejector in every row. The ride then has a strong moment of positives before it goes into the wave turn which has surprising sideways ejector which is also well sustained. The ride entered maybe the most disappointing part of the ride for me, the outward banked wave turn has good ejector throughout the whole element however it doesn’t compare to Wildfire’s version of the element. The following twist and shout had very strong ejector and laterals, making it one of my favourite elements ever. The step up into the quad down has maybe the strongest moment on the ride in the front row, but then the ride enters the first hill of the quad down which is also really strong. Each subsequent hill on this journey down the hill gets more intense except for the final hill which focuses more on laterals. The only rough patch on the ride is the bottom of the final hill of the quad down, but it still isn’t that bad and before you can process it you flying through an ejector speed hill. The ride ends with an intense turn which has great ejector and whip on the exit. So overall this ride is amazing, every element is phenomenal, making Lightning Rod my favourite coaster.

  • IronChef C.
    IronChef C. 1 year ago

    Launch Fun Intensity

    LRod doesn't have a weakness. Its been reliable lately so hopefully that's all solved. Launch is bonkerz. Theming is perfect. Location is perfect. RMC trains are great. Pacing is fantastic. Ejector air is great. Strong and intense the whole way through. It's like the wooden version of Skyrush; its fast, its intense, it has insane ejector, it has a fast lift hill, no inversions, and sort of hates you. Amazing Ride.

  • Alex M.
    Alex M. 1 year ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Reliability

    Lightning Rod is by far my favorite roller coaster of all time, beating other coasters like Fury and TTD. It has airtime unlike any other coaster every, it’s so powerful and non stop that after a few rides your legs might be bruised from it. My favorite experience on it though was in 40 degree weather at night, by far the most intense experience on any coaster I’ve ever ridden. The only issue with the ride would obviously be reliability, it took a while for me to get my first ride in this because it was always broken down. Of course now it’s a lot better but you still have The fear of it breaking down and not being able to ride it.

  • Chase W.
    Chase W. 1 year ago

    Airtimes Pace Fun Reliability

    Dolly has really outdone herself with this magnificent roller coaster. If her coaster's were like her songs, this one would be her "Jolene". What a number one hit this is. The epic uphill launch was a nice touch. The entire coaster makes use of the hill terrain found in the region of the Smoky Mountains. The speed is intense and just doesn't let up, it only gets faster as it comes down the hill. The wave turn is gigantic and lovely. The old woodie feel is just right. Alan Schilke deserves the highest award for how this thing came out.

  • Brian Sheldon
    Brian Sheldon 1 year ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors

    My first ride, I wasn't 100% sold on its greatness. After a few back-to-back night rides, however, it launched its way up my favorite coasters of all time rankings. The air is crazy, ejector style. Literally on the border of downright frightening and/or painful. It isn't painful at all though. Truly on the edge of what our bodies can withstand and still enjoy. The most intense ejector air ever, by a wide, wide margin. Crazy fun. The launch up the hill is...interesting, not necessarily spectacular, just different--it does give a decent air pop over the top. Then the 90 degree banked turns at the top of the hills were truly disorienting--especially at night. Then the return trip home down the mountain. Truly epic. Air, then air, then air, then air again. The whole time you are getting faster and faster and more and more intense. Good times for sure. Great coaster for sure. Truly a world class thrill machine.

  • mokume disney
    mokume disney 1 year ago

    Fun Layout Ejectors

    ラジエータースプリングスのパクリ

  • Aki Hayashi Rags
    Aki Hayashi Rags 2 years ago

    Airtimes Location Ejectors Disappointing! Lap Bar

    せっかく加速したのにてっぺんで減速するなら、普通に巻き上げたらいいんじゃないですかね?殺戮的なエアタイムの連続は唯一無二です。

  • Candice Fu
    Candice Fu 2 years ago

    First Drop Ejectors Discomfort Launch Intensity

    This coaster is too relentless.

  • Na N.
    Na N. 2 years ago

    Launch Pace Ejectors Rattle Reliability

    I have ridden this thing at least 100 times. My first ride was in late 2016. So... rare credit! The airtime on LR is so strong that if you aren't stapled, you can see where the seatbelt dug into your lap. Last time I rode LR, in was mid-August 2019 and it closed twice while I was in line, so try to ride early in the day.

  • Jack Jack J.
    Jack Jack J. 2 years ago

    Airtimes Theming Location

    One of 4 coasters I’ve ridden so far that I consider to be perfect. I live unique rides and this is one. Only launched woodie, hugs the terrain, well themed. It has everything I want. The launch is great the wave turns throw you out if your seat and the quad down is arguably the greatest airtime Moment there is.

  • Raymond Jackson
    Raymond Jackson 2 years ago

    Masterpiece Intensity Hangtime

    10 out of 10! This is a perfect coaster with the speed and big jumps like Shawn White in the half pike. For me it is the perfect amount of time you get all of the excitement not too much to be overbearing but you don’t feel cheated. I got to ride this front, back and middle and loved ever location.

  • Kw6sTheater
    Kw6sTheater 2 years ago

    Airtimes Location Intensity Disappointing! Lap Bar

    Lightning Rod was all the rage back in 2016. No one talked about anything BUT the world’s first launched wooden coaster, meaning that my hype for this ride had skyrocketed for when I would finally get to experience it in October 2016. It certainly did live up to my absurdly high expectations, but the very next morning my thighs were riddled with black-and-blue bruises. Then, it placed at my 4th favorite spot, just behind Mako, Fury 325 and Skyrush. I revisited Dollywood in spring 2017, and was able to get one ride on Lightning Rod. Unfortunately, I was stapled — meaning that I couldn’t feel any of the incredible airtime that I’d experienced back in 2016. Thankfully I came off with no injuries, but this experience disappointed me greatly. My most recent ride was in December 2017, in which the ride ops caught me trying to get more room. I begged and used the old “puff out your stomach” trick (which worked), and I actually secured some room! The airtime was great, sure, yet I didn’t find this altered version of Lightning Rod to be nearly as intense and airtime-filled as the former one I had ridden the previous October. While Lightning Rod’s layout makes for a fantastic ride, the restraints, inconsistent quality and colossal hype unfortunately ruined it for me. There’s no denying that it is a very impressive coaster — however, the quality of my more recent rides on it did not match the sheer insanity that this coaster delivered back in October 2016. It’s the flagship attraction at Dollywood and a must-ride for any coaster enthusiast like me, but I have yet to understand why others rate it so much higher than I do.

  • Coaster Cupcake
    Coaster Cupcake 3 years ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Intensity

    Out of 159 credits including Steel Vengeance, Japanese and Chinese Credits, most of the East Coaster, Lighting Rod reigns not only as my #1 wooden but #1 overall.

  • Zachary Strader
    Zachary Strader 3 years ago

    First Drop Pace Intensity Too short

    Lightning Rod is the king of ejector air. The launch is neat, the location is great, it is truly a relentless beast, but, frankly, the imfamous quadruple-down makes this coaster. To put it simply, Lighting Rod is a full buffet-worth of airtime that Dollywood aggressively shoves down your throat till you simply can't handle anymore. This is the type or coaster that you are out of breath on when you arrive back at the station. Somehow despite its incredible intensity, this coaster remains comfortable too. Fast, smooth, and ferocious—what's not to love?

  • Heiko Hartmann
    Heiko Hartmann 3 years ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Harness

    What a wild and intense ride! Love the "launched" lift hill, the pre-drop and the following "first drop". The rest of the layout hugs the terrain and was a little bit too hectic for my tastes (especially the quadruple down wasn't as fun as I expected - you are thrown against the restraints four times in a row). After riding Wildfire in Kolmarden, I also wish they had added an inversion or two, because RMC inversions are exceptionally great. But still, one of the best coasters I have ever ridden.

  • Dan Hood
    Dan Hood 4 years ago

    Airtimes Location Masterpiece

    Not a wasted inch of track

  • CanadaCoasterFan Channel

    Airtimes Launch Pace Discomfort

    One of the best coasters ever built, it's just not the most comfortable ever.

  • Jason King
    Jason King 1 month ago
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    Blues Coasters 1 month ago

    Intensity Layout Ejectors Reliability

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    Gabriel G. 2 months ago
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    Alexandre CF 2 months ago

    Masterpiece Intensity Ejectors Discomfort

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    Beep 2 months ago
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    Talor B. 3 months ago
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    Ky 3 months ago
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    Mike S 4 months ago
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    Jessica Bodner 4 months ago

    Airtimes Fun Intensity Capacity

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    Mark Merkx 4 months ago
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    Steel Thrills 5 months ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Reliability

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    Adam Gordon 5 months ago
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    Edward M 6 months ago

    Airtimes Location Masterpiece Reliability

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    Charly Cosy 7 months ago
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    Juju mignon 8 months ago
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    Andrew E. 8 months ago

    Airtimes Theming Pace Reliability

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    Anthony A. 8 months ago
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    Mr Windshield 9 months ago
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    Ryan Wilcox 10 months ago
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    Logan L. 1 year ago
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    倫理. 1 year ago
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    epstan 1 year ago
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    wsprr 1 year ago
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    A.j. Hummel 1 year ago
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    Joshua Uy 1 year ago
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    Mark Barnett 1 year ago
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    Chad Brown 1 year ago
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    Gaël S. 1 year ago
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    guy perfect 1 year ago
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    Pace Intensity Ejectors

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    Florian L. 1 year ago
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    freddy johnson 1 year ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors Too short

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    matthew p. 1 year ago
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    Griffin Eldred 1 year ago
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    Jordan H. 1 year ago
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    Daniel Massey 1 year ago
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    Jeff T. 1 year ago
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    Roskaa L. 2 years ago
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    Wang Tony 2 years ago
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    Luis H. 2 years ago

    Airtimes Intensity Rattle Discomfort Reliability

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    Jimmy P. 2 years ago
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    Michael W. 2 years ago
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    手取Fishland 2 years ago

    Launch Airtimes

  • Trent Mulvehill
    Trent Mulvehill 2 years ago
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    Steve N. 2 years ago
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    Hans Roost 2 years ago
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    んぱ どど 2 years ago
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    Seth Pobursky 2 years ago
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    Kohler Briggs 2 years ago
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    Pear Bennett 2 years ago

    Airtimes Location Pace Too short

  • Alex Mahon
    Alex Mahon 2 years ago
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    Kyle Broxton 2 years ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Layout

  • Estelle Despierre
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    Daniel W. 2 years ago
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    Xabi L. 2 years ago
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    Julien RocKub 2 years ago
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    Julien Grimbert 2 years ago
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    morgan flay 2 years ago

    Airtimes Launch Layout Reliability

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    James Cook 2 years ago
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    Kommi 2 years ago

    Location Launch Ejectors

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    Usa tibo 2 years ago
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    iac17 3 years ago
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    Joseph Bricout 3 years ago
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    Nicolas R. 3 years ago

    Location Launch Pace Too short

  • JB T
    JB T 3 years ago
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    Katun GagaLefou 3 years ago

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors Too short Discomfort

  • Joris B.
    Joris B. 3 years ago
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    Florian Blond 3 years ago

    Pace Masterpiece Ejectors Too short

  • Jeremy Cole
    Jeremy Cole 3 years ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

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    Mathieu B. 3 years ago
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    Sebastian L. 4 years ago
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    Benjamin R. 4 years ago

    Pace Fun Masterpiece

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    Anthony Crawford 4 years ago
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    pinwheelguy 4 years ago