I just built of a wheel with a Sturmey Archer hub (1962 — thanks, Dad!) and am slowly accumulating parts to build a bike around it. However, the Sturmey Archer shifter lever options are butt.
What's the cable pull on the S-A hubs? The dude at JTek Engineering had said that he was working on a Shiftmate cam to make them compatible with other shifters, but I haven't heard anything about it in months.
I also seem to remember seeing someone using a different shifter without ill effect, but I can't find it now.
Any advice or measurements? (I'm pretty sure friction mode is out because of the required precision, but I guess I'd like to hear success stories about that, too.)