Greg Watts has become one of the most premier riders in MTB slopestyle. From winning the 2008 VW Trick Showdown with a flip whip off the huge Kokanee kicker, to taking home the 2009 Crankworx Slopestyle Gold with an unbelievable run. Most recently he's joined Haro's Team, and is having an awesome off season, Greg is one to watch for in 2010. I had some time to meet up with Greg for a few days and got a good look at his slope bike, spent some time with him riding his new hardtail, the Haro Thresh, and asked him a few questions to see what's been going on and how things are looking for 2010.
Check inside to read more on Greg and his 2010 season...
This year Greg will be on Haro's slope bike, the Haro Porter. The Porter is covered in beer logos from actual home-brewed beer from rider Eric Porter, giving the bike a very cool and fun look. Greg will be running all kinds of sick parts from SRAM, Easton, SDG and Gamut to make the bike weigh in at around 31 lbs.
|Watts chilling with his new Haro slopebike for 2010|
|Frame and Size||2010 Haro Porter frame|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch|
|Crankarms||Truvativ Holzfeller OCT cranks (165mm)|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X.0|
|Brakes||Avid Elixir CR|
|Front Wheel||Easton Havok|
•20 mm thru-axle
|Rear Wheel||Easton Havok|
•10 x 135 mm
|Saddle||SDG Patriot, I-Beam|
|Extras||Gamut P-30 Guide|
|A few warm up runs, now it's time to start putting down some tricks|
|Greg's 2010 Haro Porter|
|Greg was busting out some clean 360 X-Ups|
|Like I said clean 360 X-Ups, and he holds them clicked for a long time! |
|Fatty Suicide! |I asked Greg a few Questions for you guys to see what he has been up to and how he is liking his new Haro bikes! What's up Greg? Thanks for spending some time with us. After being on Haro for a few months now, how are you liking the bikes and do you see a big future with the company? I absolutely love the bikes! The Thread is a perfect dirt jump bike, and the Porter rides super good too. Perfect for bigger jumps and drops, as well as a good trail bike. They have everything to fit all styles of my riding. I think I'm gonna be with Haro for a long time. The people that run the company are really cool, and they focus more on the freeride aspect of mountain biking than any other company.
|Little T-whip! |I know that you are about to get very busy traveling to all sorts of events and filming for upcoming movies. Can you list your crazy schedule for the next couple of months? At least list the major events we can plan to see you at. Well, the season seems to start earlier every year. When I'm not out at a contest or an event, I am riding in town, building new stunts, and filming for Barred for Life 2, as well as numerous photo shoots. The main contests I'm going to this year are Jamie Goldman's jump jam, a bike expo/ slopestyle comp in Germany in May, Teva Mountain Games, Claymore Challenge, Crankworx Colorado, Crankworx Whistler, Rampage, Interbike, and I'm also teaching at the Camp of Champions for a week in Whistler.
|Greg busting out a flip whip during the BBQ sesh!|How was your training in the off season this year? What have you been doing besides a ton of riding to get ready for the 2010 season? The riding scene in Santa Cruz is bigger than ever, so we have a choice of a dozen good riding spots to choose from at any given time. I've also been hitting the gym a lot lately to lose some baby fat, and to get in shape for some upcoming contests.
|Aw yeah! That's what I'm talking about!|Give a shout out to your sponsors! I'd like to thank all of my sponsors for helping me out this year!
|Greg riding the new Haro hardtail!|
-Rockstar Energy Drinks
-Giro Helmets and Eyewear
-SRAM - Truvativ, Avid and RockShox
-Five Ten Shoes, and any others I may have forgot!
With the season right around the corner, Watts sounds like he is ready. If we were in Vegas and we could bet, I would place money on Watts. Good luck this year Watts!-Justin Brantley
And thanks to Borrowlenses.com
for helping me with my gear.
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