The All New Lightning Phantom II

Now standard with the popular lock-down tilt steering adapter and chain tensioner!

Lightning Phantom II

Better than ever now with improved frame, 160mm cranks on small bike, aero seat and wheels.

Fun and Performance!

Experience recumbent bicycle comfort, fun, safety and outstanding performance with the Lightning Phantom! The Phantom combines the record-breaking design geometry and seat of the legendary P-38 with a strong Chromoly monotube construction for the FASTEST recumbent in its class. This includes the perfect weight distribution for unmatched handling and safety which no other recumbent has!

The Phantom was designed by experienced engineers using data gained from two decades of top level HPV racing around the world, 20 world records, and feedback from hundreds of Lightning owners. No other recumbent bicycle company has this level of technical expertise and real world experience.

Lightning engineers have designed into the Phantom a very comfortable ride, superb stopping and handling characteristics, a high cruising speed, and exceptional durability. The overall performance of the Phantom surpasses all other comparably priced bicycles, and many costing hundreds of dollars more.

High-performance and convenience accessories such as a custom-designed fairing, seat bags, panniers and many accessories are available for the Phantom.

The Phantom is great for any club, recreational, touring, or commuting cyclist who wants a high performance, fun to ride, and very comfortable bike. It’s perfect for short or long trips, and can race with the best of them.

Perhaps the best all-around recumbent on the market, the Phantom may be just what you're looking for!

What our customers say about the Phantom …

I bought a Lightning Phantom about three months ago, and wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying it.

I have rheumatoid arthritis and can no longer ride a conventional bicycle. I attempted to ride my Trek carbon fiber 2300 pro in a century earlier this year. I ended up in tears after just a few miles, and had to cut the ride short.

The Phantom is now my primary transportation, to and from work 3-4 times per week, anywhere from 20-30 miles round trip depending on the route. I have it custom outfitted with components including a seat bag.

I go shopping on my Phantom. I ride through forests, and all over the county. It is a joy to ride, and it is fast. The seat is comfortable.

This is what bike riding is meant to be. Please pass along my thanks to a great team.

— Melanie C.

More Phantom Comments

NEW Phantom Midracer!

Phantom midracer

Lightning strikes again with new Midracers! Utilizing a lightweight, hand laid up carbon seat with an integrated strong, rigid frame attachment, and a cool, ventilated, comfortable, plus aerodynamic seat pad, the Midracer upgrade increases speed on the flats plus gives sleek, modern styling.

More info here: Midracers

Other Phantom Features:

Phantom seat bottom

NEW Contoured aero lower seat for:

contoured aero lower seat

Wrap around seat mesh is cool, tight, and comfortable.

Phantom seat mount

Fixed, braced seat mount maximizes power transfer.

Quick-adjust tensioner

Boom leg length adjustment is super strong and rigid. Our exclusive chain tensioner automatically takes up the chain slack. Here's how you service the tensioner.

Phantom leaves the competition behind!

Exclusive Phantom features Other recumbents
Safe, balanced 45/55 weight distribution Unbalanced 30/70 weight distribution
26 to 28 pounds 30 to 40 pounds
Rigid, braced seat mount Flexible sliding seat mount
Small size with 160mm cranks 170mm cranks
24/28 spoke aero rim wheels 36 spoke box rims
Soft, conforming mesh fabric seat bottom Hard fiberglass seat bottom
Full back support with Ergofit curve No
Locking, 60 degree adjustable tilt stem No
75 degree drop handlebars No
Choice of indexed bar end or twist shifters No
Optional aero panniers No
Optional add-on suspension No
Optional carbon midracer seat No

Other Key Phantom Features

Lightning Phantom -- large frame

Two frame sizes fit most size riders. The six foot tall rider above needs a large size bike! Small size Phantom is shown below.

Lightning Phantom -- small frame

Lightning’s Cyber Test Rides: See our collection of video clips showing Lightning bikes in action.

Check out the owner's manual.

Phantom Specifications

Component Description
Sizes Small, Large
Rider height range 5' - 5'9" (S), 5'7" - 6'6" (L)
Rider weight limits 200 lbs. (S), 250 lbs. (L)
Powercoat colors Azure Blue (S), Yellow (L)
Weight 26.5 pounds (S), 28.5 pounds (L)
Wheelbase 41 to 45 inches
Overall length 62 to 73 inches
BB height 24 to 26 inches
Seat height 19 to 21 inches
Seat back angle 50 to 65 degrees Ergomesh; 35 to 40 degrees Midracer Ergospeed carbon
Frame NEW TIG welded Multigauge CrMo, 7005 Aluminum B-B extension
Rigid fork LCD Tapergage Chromoly
Ergomesh seat Patent-pending Ergofit bend, 7005 Aluminum frame. Nylon mesh back with fitted foam cushion.
Midracer Ergospeed carbon seat NEW Hand laid up woven carbon fabric/epoxy resin seat with integrated aluminum bar frame attachment fittings. Ventilated plastic honeycomb type seat pad with fitted aerodynamic cover.
Stem Lockdown Tilt Steering, 60 degree adjustable
Handlebars Aluminum, LCD custom drop
Gear range 23 to 120 inches
Brakes Tektro LH pull V-brakes
Brake levers Tektro 903 AL
Bottom bracket Shimano Deore Cartridge
Crankset FSA forged alloy, 30×39×50, 170mm (L)
NEW Sugino DX-350 28×38×48, 160mm (S)
Chain KMC Z9200
Chain tensioner LCD Custom spring loaded with sealed bearings Delrin idlers
Cassette Shimano Deore 11-34 9 speed
Front derailleur Shimano Sora
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore
Headset Cane Creek Aheadset
Hubs Formula alloy sealed bearings and QR lever
Pedals Platform type
Shifter Shimano Dura-Ace Bar End
Rims NEW ARDC Aero, 24 spoke front, 28 spoke rear
Small front tire 16×1-3/8 Primo Comet, 37-349, 100 psi
Large front tire 20" Primo Comet, 35-406, 100 psi
Rear tire Primo Racer, 32-559, 100 psi

Phantom pricing

NOTE Currently, we are out of stock on the Phantom. We estimate that we will have them back in stock sometime in May. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Phantom aftermarket options

Midracer seat NEW Ergospeed carbon with Aerovent pad $500
Suspended fork Ballistic 600 A (Adds 2 lbs.) $100
Rear suspension Shockster RS3.5 (Adds 3 lbs. ) $160
Kickstand $10

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