I've been considering getting a Rohloff on my touring bike because of all it's advantages: smooth and fast shifting even at a stop, large gear range, no derailleur to snag or hit stuff, and no dish for a stronger rear wheel. I can also deal with the cost, weight, and small loss of energy from friction.
Well today i test rode one for the first time, and i thought 2 of the 14 gears were really noisy (gears 5 and 7). Almost sounded like i was riding some beater bike with sand trapped in the bottom bracket.
Now i'm having second thoughts about the device. I really like riding on the open road only hearing the smooth sound of my bike flowing thru the wind. These gears would disturb that. I guess i could avoid or skip those 2 gears, but that would be annoying.
If you have a Rohloff or have tried one, what's your opinion on the noisy gears? Did you get used to it?