Monday, September 29, 2008

Tune Aftermarket Rohloff Shifter

4 comments:

Leah said...

Vik,

Besides the photo, do you have any more information about this shifter? Any idea what advantages this shifter has vs the standard Rohloff?

Thanks,

Leah

Vik said...

Leah,

I don't have any specifics at the moment. I'll keep my eyes peeled when surfing and report what I find, but I think we'd need a German speaker to do the research and translate their findings to get info on a lot of cool Rohloff after market items that are available in Europe.

Leah said...

Hi Vik,

Thanks for the prompt reply. What are your thoughts on the robustness of the Rohloff shifter? Is the unit itself as trouble free as the hub? I've read negative comments about it's design and ergonomics but not about it's reliability.

Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Leah

Vik said...

Hey Leah,

I've not had any issues with my Rohloff shifter - of course I'm still early in the game so that doesn't speak to the long term durability of the unit.

The Rohloff shifter is quite simple without any springs or indexing mechanism. It simply provides a grip for you to turn and winds up the cables. This means there is not much to go wrong.

You will eventually wear out the rubber portion of the grip - which is sold separately so you can replace it. The shifter itself will also eventually need to be replaced. Thorn is suggesting a service life of around 12,000 miles. Of course the conditions you ride the bike in will determine if you get more or less out of it.

With regards the design it seems simple and robust. The shape doesn't scream ergonomic, but at the same I've had no issues while using it and the shape assures you get a good grip when shifting.

I think people want an impressive shifter with an expensive hub like this, but if you look at the shifter as a wear item simple and inexpensive is good.

safe riding,

Vik