Gellie Custom Engineered Bikes: Gravel Bikes & More, Hand-Made in Melbourne, Australia

“I can create a bike that fits you and handles better, perhaps in a way that you didn’t even realise was possible. There’s also a very healthy dose of little-understood engineering science in my process which boosts the lifespan and dependability of my frames. When you phone or email, you’ll be talking to me, Ewen Gellie, the designer, builder and painter with 17 years of frame building experience.” – Ewen Gellie

gellie tracka gravel bike review

All photos in this article by James Raison of La Velocita.com / RideAdelaide

Pictured in this article is Ewan’s personal gravel bike, the Tracka, a bike constructed from the Columbus Life tubeset.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Above, note the gentle S-Bend of the Gellie Tracka’s seat stays.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Everyone has their own take on gravel bike design, more so in the world of custom bikes. With that said, geometry and tyre clearance can be tweaked to suit your local, or not so local terrain.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

The tyres fitted to Ewan’s personal bike are Schwalbe’s G-One in 700c x 38mm. That may sound narrow by some of today’s standards, but 38mm tyres typically plump up to 41mm or more in width, depending on the inside diameter of the rim.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Above, a traditional English thread / BSA bottom bracket.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

The Columbus Futura Gravel fork is a tapered unit, measuring 1 1/8″ at the top and 1 1/4″ at the bottom.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Circa 2020 and flat-mount brakes are the relative norm on new gravel bikes.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

At the heart of the wheelset are the beautiful USA-made White Industries CLD (centre lock disc) hubs.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Barring the front hydraulic brake housing, all other housings are run externally on the Gellie Tracka. This could be considered a bonus if you do your own bike maintenance… or like to make life easy for your local bike shop.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

A notable absence of flared handlebars. Handlebars and other contact points such as the saddle are a personal choice. What works for Ewan, may not work for you.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

PRO PLT compact drop handlebars feature an ergo shaped top section designed to relieve hand pressure.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Like them or not, 1x drivetrains are here to stay, and SRAM’s 1×11 Force mechanical drivetrain represents excellent value and performance.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Chainstay length on this Gellie Tracka is optimized for stability under all road conditions, including loose, steep climbing.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

Keeping the rear wheel securely in place are axle dropouts by Syntace.

gellie tracka gravel bike review

The Gellie Tracka’s simple lines exude class, which extends to the paint, branding and various accent stripes that adorn the frame and fork in places.

Additional Photos – Gellie Tracka Steel Gravel Bike

Gellie Custom Engineered Bikes

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3 comments on “Gellie Custom Engineered Bikes: Gravel Bikes & More, Hand-Made in Melbourne, Australia

    1. Oh my, you have a Fat Chance Chris Cross. That is a bike I hope to add to my stash some day. As it is, I deeply regret selling my 1993 Slim Chance 🙁

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