Greg Watts has been flipping and spinning bikes for years at this point and is showing no signs of slowing down. As one of the top riders in the Crankworx Speed and Style event, Greg's ability to throw big tricks while on the clock against another competitor is uncanny.
The Santa Cruz, CA native now resides in Reno, NV. This year he will be making the rounds at all of the Crankworx stops, competing in both Dual Speed and Style and Dual Slalom.
For the events this weekend Greg is rolling with one bike, his Mongoose Fireball. He's not changing too much on the bike between the events and is just running it how it is.
Greg runs his bars fairly narrow at 27.5" / 700mm for barspins. You won't find a gyro on his bike as he wants all the power he can get with his brakes. When he does bar spins or anything that will twist the cables up, he says it's no issue to reverse the spin direction next trick to straighten things back out.
Greg runs Maxxis Ikon tires. He has a bit higher pressure up front - 42psi, vs 40psi in the back to keep the front end from wanting to slide or get squirrely when pushing down hard while initiating tricks and going off of the lip of jumps or hitting berms fast too.
For dirt jumping, Greg has a homemade crank stopper setup. It's a Gamut chain guide that rubs against the chainring and stops the rotation of the cranks. He's taken it off for the weekend since it causes extra drag.
It's less exciting than it looks. No, there's no reason for two cogs other than running out of spacers and using a single speed cog of the same tooth count to take up space. For pedals, Greg is using Diety's TMAC.
Greg has the RST Space up front to smooth things out on course. The fork is set up a bit softer this weekend to give some extra traction in the turns with all of the dust and dry conditions.