23 Ways to Run Rohloff Shifters with Road Drop Handlebars

Now that you’ve read 15 Reasons to Tour with a Rohloff Hub, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to mount that pesky Rohloff shifter on your drop bars.

So here’s a list of every mounting option that I’ve seen.

Aftermarket Rohloff Shifters and Handlebars

Cinq Shift:R Thumb Shifters



These Cinq5 Rohloff thumb shifters are the first of their type available. They look smart and operate in a unique way: the left trigger shifts down a gear, and the right shifts up. They’re produced by the same crew that make Tout Terrain bikes and retail for US $360.

Co-Motion Twist Shifter
Co-Motion Rohloff Shifter for Road Handlebars
Image: ShandCycles.com

Co-Motion have recently released a shifter which fits both 26.0 and 31.8mm drop handlebars. It looks well sealed, and felt really smooth when I was playing with it at Eurobike. The only issues that might arise are that handlebar bag mounts (eg. Ortlieb) could get in the way; it may also become slippery in the wet. Retail price is US $249.

Gilles Berthoud Shifter
Image: CycleMonkeyLab.Blogspot.com.au
Image: CycleMonkeyLab.Blogspot.com.au

The Gilles-Berthoud is very refined. I’m keen to try one out – I’m currently not convinced that the metal surface will work effectively in wet conditions. Retail price is US $195.

Gebla Rohbox

Gebla Rohbox Bike Gebla Rohbox Clear Gebla Rohbox Sram Lever
The Rohbox allows you to use regular SRAM STI shift levers (or MTB shifters on a flat handlebar) with your Rohloff hub. The system requires shifter modification to remove both the holding pawls and the springs. Alternatively, you can buy the shift levers directly from Gebla with your Rohbox. Once installed, your right lever changes gears down, and your left lever changes them back up again. It’s very neat!

Soma Gator Handlebar

Soma Gator Rohloff Drop Handlebar

These handlebars feature a long ‘drops’ section in 22.2mm diameter, allowing you to slide a Rohloff shifter all the way up and beneath your brake lever.

Van Nicholas Divisible Handlebar

This new handlebar breaks into multiple parts to slide on your stock Rohloff shifter. Unlike the Utopia handlebars (below) these handlebars are available in standard widths: 40cm, 42cm and 44cm. This is one of the best solutions around because you get to use the shifter with a rubber grip. 125 Euro will do it.

Utopia Rohloff Drop Handlebar

The Lenker X-ACT Randonneur Vario Handlebar splits into three pieces.

Utopia Velo makes 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.

You can purchase this handlebar on the Utopia Velo website by clicking ‘Shop’ – ‘Accessories Shop’ – ‘Steering’ – ‘X-ACT Randonneur handlebars Vario’. CNC Bike Shop will also sell you a pair.

Shiftezy Electronic Rohloff Shifter

The Shiftezy allows you to change gears via buttons!

Buttons are the future!

Change gears via buttons. I’m not sure how well this would work on a bike tour, but there is definitely potential in this product.

Rohloff Shifter Adapters

Thorn 55mm Accessory Bar

Rohloff ShifterThorn Accessory Bar with Rohloff shifter mounted

Thorn Accessory Bar is well out of harm’s way, as it mounts on the steerer tube. I’ve done over 50,000km with this setup and have found it to be both a practical and usable solution. The shifter location near the top of the handlebar makes it easy enough to change gears from the top of the bars, whereby the actuation for the Rohloff is like turning a doorknob. Another advantage of having my shifter located near the stem; I’m not limited for the choice of drop bar. That was vital for finding a handlebar shape that suited me.

Rodriguez DooHickey

The DooHickey is essentially the same steerer tube mount as the Thorn Accessory Bar. What I prefer about the Thorn Accessory Bar is that it extends 55mm away from you, keeping the shifter out of the way of your knees when you stand up.

HubBub Drop Bar Adaptor

The Hubbub adapter is another popular accessory.

The HubBub is another good way to mount a Rohloff shifter. It simply slides into your barend and creates a 22.2mm surface where you can mount your standard Rohloff shifter. It’s slightly lower and out of the way than other options, but has proven itself to be easy to use.

Patria Adjustable Stem

Patria Rohloff StemThe Patria Adjustable Stem is a neat solution

The Patria Adjustable Stem allows you to modify the front end of your bike and mount your Rohloff shifter. I feel that the shifter may get in way of your knees when standing up.

Norwid Rohloff Stem


The Norwid stem has a stub on the side, allowing you to mount your Rohloff shifter.

Prototype and Discontinued Rohloff Shifters

Mittelmeyer Shifter

Mittelmeyer Shifter – not recommended.

The Mittelmeyer was my first attempt at having a neatly integrated Rohloff shifter setup. Unfortunately, the Mittelmeyer never worked as planned. Once set up, I found there was too much friction. The metal surface also didn’t really offer any grip.

I rode the touring bike for a while, but after every ride, the friction in the shifter increased. It wasn’t until I took my touring bike overseas that it decided to seize up. That effectively meant single speed touring in New Zealand (hilly and windy).

Gilles Berthoud Prototype Trigger Shifter

Gilles-Berhoud-Rohloff-ShifterA prototype thumb shifter by GB.

This prototype shifter was shown at Eurobike in 2013. It looked refined and promising…

Daumenschalter Prototype Trigger Shifter

Daumenschalter Prototype Trigger Shifter

Minortriad Custom Wooden Shifter

This person made their own shifter out of maple.

Other Shifter Mounting Options

Minoura Space Grip Extension

Rohloff Shifter 1Hugh and Pauline have their Rohloff shifter above their handlebars.

I originally used the Minoura Space Grip to get my shifter into the same spot as with my Thorn Accessory Bar. I found it both to not be stiff enough, and to loosen over time.

Greenspeed Downtube Mount

A custom shifter mount can be made to fit downtube mounts.

The inside of the Greenspeed tube shows how the mount can be fitted.

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.

Bar-End for Quill Stem

Rohloff BarendRunning a 22.2mm quill stem? You can mount a barend off the side of your stem for a Rohloff shifter.

Cycleologist Steerer Mount

According to the link, a bit of machining was required to get it on. Changing gears is done ‘pepper grind’ style.

SweatyDonkey Stem Faceplate Mount

Rohloff Mount Sweat
SD got excited and decided to make a stem faceplate adapter for his Rohloff shifter to sit on. Apparently, it works pretty well.

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.

  1. Very nice and useful compilation of options. thanks.
    (BTW, drop bars are routinely split by Bike Friday to make their bikes pack into a suitcase. They insert a sleeve at the cut that bridges the two halves and gets pressed snug inside the stem. I don’t know of any failures, certainly not on my Bike Friday over many, many miles.)

  2. One additional mounting suggestion. If using on a bike with a 25.4mm quill stem with a long enough quill you can mount the shifter on the quill with no additional or special attachments.

  3.  And now Mittelmeyer has an STI-type shifter on their site, for release this month (Mar 2012)

  4. Many thanks for this page it is very helpful. I use a Patria mount but as I am on the small side the handlebar stem is rather short which gives me little space to get my fist round the twister grip.  I also have a bar-bag mount which would rule out the GB twister solution. Sometimes I think I am crazy continuing with drop bars since everything off-the-peg is made for straight bars these days.

  5. he is an other way that that i retro fitted a rohloff twist shifter too drop bars by fitting a handle bar stub to the rh brake lever so it gives a very ergo gear change while riding on the hoods. so while climbing out up hill riding on the hoods you dont have to move your hand too far off the hood, it also enables you to still sort off be able to cover the brake lever while changing gear.   

  6. 14. Rohloff with Magura Louise and FSA Vision 22,2mm; steering, braking, shifting in one Position

  7. One more idea.
    Use an old Cinelli Spinaci mount with a cut down length of 22.2 bar. Works perfectly. Cost buttons! Noone wants the Spinaci / 3TTT Tiramisu bars anymore.

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  9. My way, quite similar to Mark’s Version. I found it to be more practicable than the Mittelmeyer/Gilles Berthoud/.. because there is still space for the frogleg-levers and you can leave your hands near the levers while shifting.

    Only thing is that it doesn’t look as beautiful as the “professional” ones..

    By the way, it’s a VSF TX400 bike which I changed to drop handlebars.


  10. Hi,

    I am using the minoura space grip extension on my on one midge bar:

    The design changed and it holds up firm so far, after approx. 1000km of commuting the last months. Before that I used the Alu Point Adapter, but I found it to be too close to the bar, so I could not turn the shifter more than 2 gears higher without squeezing my thumb. The Minoura extends a bit further away from the bar, so there is no issue with that anymore.

    Nevertheless I like Mark’s version (#21) even more. Maybe I will give it a go some day.

  11. not really rohloff shifters, but a new way to use any sram or campa road levers you want:


    seems orders so far are only possible on the german site, but i guess ww shipping will come soon

    finally, a real dropbar rohloff experience without compromise

  12. Hi Alee,

    thanks for this perfect collection and overview!

    I always appreciate your work!


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