When it comes to internally geared hubs, there’s Rohloff and then there’s everything else. There are many good options out there for internally geared hubs these days, but nothing stacks up to Rohloff in terms of long term use, gear range and serviceability. With 14 gears, you’ve got an incredibly wide gear range without the need for front and rear derailleurs. In fact, a Rohloff equipped bike with a single chainring crankset will give you about the same range as a 27 speed mountain bike!
A Rohloff is great for nearly any rider looking for a trouble free reliable drivetrain – especially riders with unique abilities. There is very little learning curve and the single hand operation reduces the amount of adaptation needed for a rider who may have some paralysis or an amputation. Most internally geared systems are hard or impossible to service. Derailleur systems get very dirty, require yearly maintenance, wear out cables and can easily be damaged in a crash. With a Rohloff, all many riders need is a yearly oil change.