Singletrack Dreams aboard a drop-bar “Quiver-Killing” hardtail [Reader Bike Check]

Photo: Matt Miller

As we saw in our bike review with Patrick Goral in 2019, square pegs of a bike in a round-hole category may be moot. The same goes for Troy Lyon’s Proudfoot Resolve steel. Proudfoot, who no longer makes bikes, made the Resolve a steel hardtail that was capable enough for tough descents and comfortable enough for long days. Whether it’s biking, singletrack riding, or gravel biking, the Resolve still seems to do the trick for riders like Troy, though it won’t be as easy to find one anymore.

Troy’s Resolve fell into his hands through a friend. He had broken a crank on his full suspension bike and his friend Scott graciously offered to lend him the Resolve. Troy and Scott have ridden for Proudfoot before as ambassadors and were familiar with steel frames, but Troy didn’t have any yet.

Photo: Troy Lyon

“At first I was reluctant to borrow his Proudfoot drop bar mountain bike, but decided to take his offer because a bike was better than no bike to ride.” As he rode her, he realized he was going to have a hard time giving her back. “After a few rides I got hooked and Scott offered to sell it to me.”

The frame had already been in use for a few years, but with steel’s reputation for very long life, the Resolve is likely breaking. Troy bought the bike with a RockShox SID fork with remote lockout, Mavic carbon wheels wrapped in 2.2-inch-wide Maxxis Ikon tires and a PNW Cascade dropper post. He added a frame bag from Evergreen Bike Threads and plans to reverse some of the levers, so his dropper post will work from his left shifter, rather than the shifter controlling the lockout. fork as it currently does.

“Since my favorite hand positions are on the cowls, this will provide better access to my dropper post and be able to adjust on the fly.”

He says he was able to get used to going down trails on drop bars without much difficulty.

“I think this bike excels at being that bike in your quiver that does it all. It won’t be the best climber or descender, but it tackles most surfaces with efficiency and
ease.”

Discovering the potential of the Resolve, Troy took advantage of the features of the bike.

“The first big adventure this bike called me was riding from Winter Park to Golden, Colorado via Rollins Pass in one day.” This single-track, gravel, and pavement route was over 70 miles with an elevation gain of 6,500 feet, even though it drops in elevation.

“Assembling multiple puzzle pieces to complete the route was half the fun, including a history-rich mountain pass, a gentle single track, and a few state and county open space parks.”

Troy’s Proudfoot also works as a child transporter, with his WeeHoo trailer.

Troy has his sights set on a few more dream rides in the future, but as the snow settles in Colorado, they’ll likely have to wait at least until spring.

“I’ve had my heart set on a bikepacking route around Mount Hood in Oregon for quite some time, while sleeping in a few lookout posts or cabins along the way. I’ve summoned
Mt. Hood as my first climbing expedition in 2005, and it would be great to spend a few days with friends biking around its base while admiring its towering magnificence.

Photo: Troy Lyon

Living in Colorado, there are endless routes to plan and explore, including the Colorado Trail. It would be fun to ride from my home in Golden and do the whole 560 mile course
in Durango, Colorado.

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