Greg Watts In The Off Season

Apr 8, 2010 at 0:09
Apr 8, 2010
by Justin Brantley  
 
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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
Watts chilling with his new Haro slopebike for 2010


The Specs

Frame and Size2010 Haro Porter frame
Rear ShockRockShox Monarch
ForkRockShox Lyric
CrankarmsTruvativ Holzfeller OCT cranks (165mm)
ChainringGamut 36T
Bottom BracketTruvativ
ChainSRAM
CassetteSRAM
Rear DerailleurSRAM X.0
ShiftersSRAM X.0
HandlebarTruvativ
StemTruvativ
GripsODI Ruffian
BrakesAvid Elixir CR
Front WheelEaston Havok
•20 mm thru-axle
Rear WheelEaston Havok
•10 x 135 mm
SaddleSDG Patriot, I-Beam
SeatpostSDG I-Beam
ExtrasGamut P-30 Guide

A few warm up runs, now it's time to start putting down some tricks
A few warm up runs, now it's time to start putting down some tricks





Greg's 2010 Haro Porter
Greg's 2010 Haro Porter








Greg was busting out some clean 360 X-Ups
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!
Like I said clean 360 X-Ups, and he holds them clicked for a long time!

Fatty Suicide!
Fatty Suicide!

Little T-whip!
Little T-whip!

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.

Greg busting out a flip whip during the BBQ sesh!
Greg busting out a flip whip during the BBQ sesh!

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.

Aw yeah! That's what I'm talking about!
Aw yeah! That's what I'm talking about!

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.

Greg riding the new Haro hardtail!
Greg riding the new Haro hardtail!

Give a shout out to your sponsors!
I'd like to thank all of my sponsors for helping me out this year!
-Haro Bikes
-Rockstar Energy Drinks
-Giro Helmets and Eyewear
-Easton Wheels
-SRAM - Truvativ, Avid and RockShox
-Kenda Tires
-Gamut USA
-Sombrio Clothing
-Five Ten Shoes, and any others I may have forgot!


Sick t-whip!
Sick t-whip!

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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25 Comments

  • + 4
 Really good to see Greg on some bikes that are more specific to his style of riding. It always helps to sponsors that can back you in all aspects of your riding. Good luck in 2010 Greg.
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  • + 4
 the porter looks so clean,deffinatly a sick bike.and hopefully watts has a good season this year!
  • + 14
 hes a sick rider and he has a huge bag of tricks he just has no style to go with the tricks
  • + 10
 ^^^ you try adding style mid backflip double whip!!!
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  • + 3
 Watts is too good for Haro. It's embarrassing that he is riding a bike named after Eric Porter. I would like to see Greg riding for specialized.
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  • + 4
 haro definetly suits him a million times better then "gary fiisher" did lol
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  • + 1
 You could never deny that Haro has EARNED the right to be taken seriously in Bmx. Now finally after too many years to count they are earning there dues in MTB, loving the bikes, loving the team and loving the effort.
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  • + 2
 rad interview & shots Justin! Loving the NFCC shot on the hardtail! Got NWD 10 out here somehow & his (Greg's) section is ridiculous!
  • + 0
 ive gotta say im not a big fan of the haro but if he rides one im sure there pretty good
  • + 1
 haha i have no idea about haros, but just cos lance mcdermott rides a saracen does that immediately make you think they're good? good article by the way!
  • + 5
 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, and I had a sandwich with him, and I like bikes, and I'm not sure what else to say other than that was a ridiculously long sentence....sigh....i dont think i need to say anymore about that
  • + 1
 o and would you care this experience with us?
  • + 1
 hahahaha...oh what else is there to say though really...
  • + 1
 well u could describe even one bit of it. for example gregs personality, or something like that. cuz he could be a total cocky jackass, or somebody totally down to earth.
  • + 2
 He is super sick. I played wii with him for like 3 hours a couple weeks ago. He's a total stand out guy and he wasn't a jackass at all. Even when I forgot to buy him Subway! haha
  • + 1
 this discription has my approval. XD.
  • + 1
 @bikeaddict123 its all down to what you like, andi can vouch for saracen this year there not the old thrown together bikes but i can see what your saying like if gee atherton road for "RALEIGH" would that make them a good make, NS BIKES ARE A NICE BRAND BUT HOW MANY OF THE FRAMES HAVE SNAPPED IN THE PAST AND PEOPLE STILL RIDE THEM ALL DOWN TO PREFRANCE
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  • + 4
 Sick rider, always laying it down hard. Big ups Greg
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  • + 1
 oh and the stem on his bike is a bontrager earl stem mounted upside down not Truvative.
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  • + 2
 I wish i had so many sponsors that i forgot some of them Frown
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  • + 1
 it's the same frame as the X series.... it's a cheap single pivot.... nice HT though....
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  • + 1
 Haro Porter Harry Potter?
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  • + 1
 That's one nice bike, hope he stays strong for 2010!
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  • + 1
 So looking forward to riding with Greg this year.
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