Nothing against Rohloff except the price and spoking, so I have been following developments with other makers. SRAM is bringing out a 9 speed pretty soon. Does seem as though the altenatives are maturing. Still doesn't and probably never will allow customized ranges so you can't jump from you 32 sproket to a 26, and then have things more tightly geared in your spinning range, then throw in a few downhill gears. You end up with even spacing throughout the range (ideal with enough gears), but not enough stops on the way. Still lots to like
Shimano's quality 8 speed has some friends.