Now that you've read 15 Reasons to Tour with a Rohloff Hub and you're wondering about how you're going to mount that pesky Rohloff shifter to your road handlebar (drop bar), look no further! We have compiled a list of every option you can possibly use to mount your Rohloff shifter to your bicycle.
The shifter that Rohloff provide with their hubs is an exceptional unit! It is very well made with almost no friction as you roll it around. I don't blame Rohloff for not making a shifter for road handlebars because the standard they have set for themselves is pretty hard to achieve!
Not to worry, check out our preferences for options and more below.
1. Thorn 55mm Accessory Bar
The Thorn Accessory Bar is our preference for mounting a Rohloff shifter on drop handlebars. The shifter is well out of harms way, as it mounts off the steerer tube. Once the accessory bar clamps on, it is not going anywhere. Its location near the top of the handlebar makes it easy to change gears from the top of the bars; the actuation for the Rohloff is just like turning a door nob!
Also having the shifter here doesn't limit our choice of road handlebar: vital for finding something comfortable.
2. HubBub Drop Bar Adaptor
The HubBub is our second preference for Rohloff shifter mounting options. It simply slides into your bar-end and creates a 22.2mm surface where you can mount your standard Rohloff shifter. It's slightly lower and out of the way of the accessory bar and it still offers ease-of-use.
3. Mittelmeyer Shifter
The Mittelmeyer was our first attempt at having a neatly integrated Rohloff shifter setup. Unfortunately, the Mittelmeyer never worked as planned. I installed the shifter onto my bars with a little difficulty and once the setup was complete there was a bit more friction than usual. The first thing I noticed was that the metal surface didn't really offer any grip in my hand to change the gears.
I rode the touring bike around Melbourne for a while and after every ride the friction in the shifter got greater and greater. It wasn't until I took my touring bike overseas that it decided to seize up on the first day! That effectively meant singlespeed touring in New Zealand (hilly and windy)!
I do not recommend looking into this option based on my past experience with the product.
4. Gilles Berthoud Shifter
The Gilles-Berthoud looks like a more refined Mittelmeyer! We're keen to give one a go one day, but are worried that the metal surface will be slippery when wet.
5. Co-Motion Shifter
Co-Motion have just released a new shifter which fits both 26.0 and 31.8mm drop handlebars. Retail price is $249 USD. It looks well sealed, and felt really smooth when I was playing with it at Eurobike 2012. The only issues that might pop up with this shifter is that handlebar bag mounts (eg. Ortlieb) could get in the way, and it might be a bit hard to shift in the wet.
6. Cinq5 Shift:R Thumb Shifters
Not available quite yet, these shifters operate with one trigger shifting up, and the other down. They are produced by the same crew that make the brilliant Tout Terrain bikes and will be sold under the brand Cinq5. It sounds like they'll be ready for 2014 in anodised silver. Cinq5 parts catalogue is HERE.
7. Minoura Space Grip Extension
I originally used the space grip to get my shifter into the same spot as as what I've done with the Thorn Accessory Bar. I found it to be not as stiff as the accessory bar, and to loosen over time.
8. Rodriguez DooHickey
The DooHickey is essentially the same steerer tube mount as the Thorn Accessory Bar. What we prefer about the Accessory Bar is that it extends 55mm away from you, which when you're standing up keeps the shifter out of your knees way.
9. Patria Adjustable Stem
The Patria adjustable stem will allow you to modify the front end of your bike as well as mount your Rohloff shifter. Could be worth checking out if you have these requirements, although we feel it might get in way of your knee when standing up.
10. Greenspeed Mount
Using a Greenspeed Computer Head Mount, you are able to cut the hoop off the end of the mount and fit the bar to existing downtube shifter mounts for old school radness.
11. Bar-End for Quill Stem
If you're running a quill stem, a 22.2mm bar-end will be able to mounted off the side of your stem for a Rohloff shifter.
12. Daumenschalter Prototype Trigger Shifter
Looks awesome! Can't wait to see a refined one in production!
13. Cycleologist Steerer Mount
According to the link, a bit of machining was required to get it on. Changing gears is done… 'pepper grind' style!
14. Utopia Rohloff Drop Handlebar
Utopia Velo make all sorts of bikes and bits. One product in their selection is a nifty drop handlebar which splits into three pieces. The upper arms of the handlebar are 22.2mm, meaning a Rohloff shifter is able to be fitted on when the bar is split. At the stem clamp, the diameter is 25.4mm, allowing a standard MTB stem to be used. As the handlebar curves, it uses a 24mm diameter which STI or standard brake levers will attach to.
My only concern with this handlebar is that it is incredibly wide (50-52cm width). Usually, road handlebars are most comfortable as the same width as your shoulders. To give you an idea on what I'd generally recommend, a tall male would often run a 44cm handlebar, and a rugby player maybe 46cm. Smaller ladies generally feel at home on a 38cm handlebar.
15. Minortriad Custom Wooden Shifter
This is an impressive piece of work! I'm not sure that any more other than this will be built however…
16. Shiftezy Electronic Rohloff Shifter
Change gears via buttons! I'm not sure how well this would work on a bike tour, but there is definitely some potential in this product.
17. SweatyDonkey Stem Faceplate Mount
SD got excited and decided to make a stem faceplate adapter for his Rohloff shifter to sit on. Apparently it works pretty well!
18. Mark's Lever Mounted Shifter
Mark managed to get a shifter on the end of his lever! The best bit is that you don't need to move your hands off the brakes in order to shift.