The Lightning R-84
World's Lightest Recumbent — 18 lbs with full suspension (medium size lightweight frame with Super Light components).
Made in the USA.
R-84 Performance Midracer (shown above)
- Affordable component group for those wanting superior R-84 performance and comfort
- Lightweight triple front gearing and 11-34 rear cassette provide a wide gear range
- Average riders can climb grades up to 12%
- Super stiff yet light bladder molded Unibox mega oversize R-84 frame, not wimpy round tubes
- Super rigid integrated seat attachment increases power transfer.
- Exclusive patented Swing Stay rear suspension integrated with the frame for unmatched ride comfort
- New for 2013 on all R-84s — Shimano press fit bottom bracket saves even more weight
The Lowdown on High Performance
Lightning strikes again with the super light suspended R-84. The sub-3-pound frame is aerospace-grade carbon fiber, titanium, and oversized aluminum. The seat is positioned a bit lower than the P-38 and Phantom II for even more aerodynamic advantage.
Love my bike. Plan to ride it for decades. First 100 mile ride was on the R-84. Thanks for a great product that I know will take me places and on the R. I’ll see things that I will remember for life. I’m planing tours and rides for the bike. It just seems to click off the miles effortlessly.
As much as it cost … and I'm a stingy person … it’s worth every penny. — Frank Raineri
An F-40 fairing can be added to create the most technically advanced high performance bike available!
Can this light bike climb hills? Better than any other recumbent. Take a look at the video on our Cyber Test Page. Because of its lightweight design and aero components, the R-84 will even outperform the F-40 in very hilly areas or on rides that are mostly climbing. If the course is 50% near-flat terrain, the F-40 will be faster; in very steep hills (over 5% average grade), the R-84 will have the advantage.
"This bike accelerates and climbs great!" — John Howard, Twice Olympic team rider, Ironman winner
Lightning R-84 specifications
|R-84 Performance 3×9||R-84 Velocity 2×10||R-84 Super Light 2×10|
|Weight*||20 - 22 pounds||19 - 21 pounds||18 - 20 pounds|
|Rider weight limit||Lightweight: 160 pounds; Standard: 210 pounds; Heavy Duty: 250 pounds|
|Length||63 - 75 inches|
|Seat height||18 inches with mesh seat; 17 inches carbon Midracer seat|
|Seat back angle||50-58 degrees (mesh seat); 35-40 degrees (carbon Midracer seat)|
|Wheelbase||42 - 47 inches|
|Frame||Molded carbon fiber Unibox, oversize aluminum bottom bracket assembly and seat stay|
|Rear suspension||Swing-stay spring/elastomer mechanism, 1 inch of travel|
|Braze-ons||Water bottle (1), aluminum cable guides|
|Frame color||Clear coated natural carbon|
|Stem and bars||Custom oversize aluminum stem, 22.2 mm (7/8-inch) drop handlebars|
|Ergomesh seat||Patent-pending Ergofit bend with 7005 TIG welded, oversize aluminum frame and nylon mesh webbing.|
|Midracer 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.|
|Chain idlers||Machined Delrin with precision sealed bearing, aluminum bolts|
|Gear Range||24 - 125 inches||26 - 123 inches|
|Bottom bracket||Shimano Ultegra Hollowtech II||Lightning Carbon integrated, ABEC5 sealed bearings||Lightning Carbon integrated, ABEC5 ceramic bearings|
|Crankset||Shimano Ultegra 30×39×52||Lightning Carbon integrated 30×50 or 34×50, 160 to 180 mm|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-980 9-speed, 11-34||Shimano XT 10-speed, 11-36||Shimano XTR 10-speed, 11-36|
|Front der.||Shimano 105||Ultegra Triple||Dura-Ace Triple|
|Rear der.||Shimano Deore||Shimano XT||Shimano XTR|
|Chain||KMC X-9||KMC X-10||KMC X-10SL hollow pin|
|Shifters||Shimano Tiagra bar end, 9-speed||Shimano Dura-Ace bar end, 10-speed|
|Brakes||Shimano Caliper||Ultegra Dual Pivot||FSA K-Force Dual Pivot|
|Hubs||Shimano 105||Velocity Race Hi-Lo||Dura-Ace|
|Front rim||Alex DA-16 406 mm, 18 stainless spokes||Velocity A23 20", 20 spokes||Velocity Fusion 20", 16 bladed spokes|
|Front tire||Continental Contact 28-406 (20×1.1), 110 psi||Schwalbe Durano 28-406, 120 psi|
|Rear rim 700C||Shimano 105 Aero, 20 stainless spokes, M, L, XL Mesh seat||Velocity A23 OC, 28 spokes||Dura-Ace OC carbon, 20 bladed spokes|
|Rear rim 650B||Mavic Aero, 28 stainless spokes||Velocity A23 OC, 28 spokes|
|Rear tire||Continental Ultra, 120 psi||Continental 4000 Folding, 700×23, 120 psi|
|Headset||Diatech (carbon fork), Chris King (suspension fork)|
|Options||Zzipper fairing, seat bag, mirror (see Accessories page for prices)|
* Weights with mesh seat; carbon seat add .75 pounds.
|R-84 Performance 3×9||$5,200|
|R-84 Velocity 2×10||$6,200|
|R-84 Super Light 2×10||$7,200|
|Frameset (includes headset)||$3,900|
|S-2 suspension fork upgrade||add||$450|
|Rear disc brake for R84 frameset||add||$300|
For details on framesets, check the frameset page.
The R-84 is custom built to order and available with either the Ergomesh seat or Ergospeed carbon Midracer seat.
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