While many of us like (or like the idea of) Rohloff’s reliable, tidy Speedhub fourteen-speed hubs, twist shifters simply aren’t for everyone. Unfortunately, the system’s lack of a return spring (it operates on, effectively, a continuous loop of cable) has made the adaptation of trigger shifters challenging.
Thankfully, companies like Germany’s Cinq5 are coming up with alternatives. The Shift: R system uses a pair of paddle shifters to actuate Rohloff’s hub, one for upshifts and the other for down. It’s a fairly tidy clean system, with one cable running to each side of the bar and each hand responsible for shifting in only one direction.
While the £250 price is an undeniable barrier and the pair of levers won’t play with dropper remotes as nicely as a traditional one-by system, the Shift: R certainly looks like an improvement for Rohloffers who ride or rougher terrain. Available in the UK through SJS Cycles.