FWIW I too am rather put off by all available controls for rohloff hubs, being fantastically pricey, not at all what I want, too complicated, or all three of the above. So I have a cunning plan for a better (better for me
, anyway) DIY shifter for Rohloff. Obviously -like many of my most cunning plans- I have not actually finished it yet, but the idea is simple enough and ought to be well within the scope of someone like Colin's fettling skills.
The idea is to take shifter cable pulley #8194 (which costs peanuts)Rohloff #8194
to mount it on a suitable bearing, and to give it a set of 'paddles' (three or four arms) so that the control has about a 4" diameter in total. A simple bracket will support the bearing and will have gear cable stops (and maybe barrel adjusters) built into it. My plan is to mount this beneath the stem, with the paddles rotating in a horizontal plane such that either hand can be used (eg mainly with the thumbs, but fingers can be used too of course) whilst riding the tops for shifting. This should give at least twice the leverage vs the grip shifter layout, with the further option of using both hands (on one paddle each side) if needs be. Since the pulley can be supported on a proper ball- bearing, there won't be any of the dragginess that bedevils most rotary shifters
I have not figured out the best way of mounting a similar shifter for flat bars, or how best to adapt the design for flat bars either.
Food for thought?