The All New Lightning Phantom II
Now standard with the popular lock-down tilt steering adapter and chain tensioner!
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.
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:
Contoured aero lower seat for:
- Increased speed
- Increased comfort
- Increased leg stability when stopped
Wrap around seat mesh is cool, tight, and comfortable.
Fixed, braced seat mount maximizes power transfer.
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
- Low seat height for less wind resistance, "idiot-proof" braking, increased power, and exhilarating ride!
- Oversize stem with exclusive drop handlebars.
- 26" rear wheel for greatest gearing advantage.
- Frame and fork 100% lightweight multi-gauge chromoly for durability and ride comfort.
- Two water bottle braze-ons, plus dropout eyelets.
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’s Cyber Test Rides: See our collection of video clips showing Lightning bikes in action.
|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||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||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)
Sugino DX-350 28×38×48, 160mm (S)
|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|
|Shifter||Shimano Dura-Ace Bar End|
|Rims||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|
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||Ergospeed carbon with Aerovent pad||$500|
|Suspended fork||Ballistic 600 A (Adds 2 lbs.)||$100|
|Rear suspension||Shockster RS3.5 (Adds 3 lbs. )||$160|
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