This new electronic push button shifting system has appeared on Australian EBay. I have no experience with it and have not read any reviews, but I thought I would share it in case someone out there is in need of a Rohloff shifter for a drop bar or other type of non-flat bar install.
Since my Rohloffs are on flat bar bikes I’m pretty happy with my twist shifter and cables since it works well and is reliable – not to mention easy for me to service at home.
However, I have tried a Rohloff with a drop bar bike and never found a solution I was really happy with so I can see where this product or at least something other than a twist shifter would make sense.
The bike in these photos is a front wheel drive recumbent with drop bars. So they have placed the shift buttons under each brake lever. Although you could place them somewhere else you found convenient.
I’m assuming the battery is located in the box pictured above and has a capacity for 600-1000 shifts. This may be only a few days of riding if you like to shift a lot and ride in stop and go traffic. I’m also unsure how the battery life will be affected by cold temperatures and if the unit is waterproof.
I’ll be interested to see if this product survives in what is a very small market given how few Rohloffs are out there [maybe 100,000+] and that a lot of people are using Rohloff’s for their reliability and low maintenance which could be adversely affected by adding this complex shifting mechanism to the mix.