The All New Lightning Phantom II

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

Note: This bike has rim brakes, and is available in only in the small-frame size. A disc-brake version of the small-frame Phantom will be available next year. We are current out of stock on large-frame Phantoms, but we are now accepting pre-orders of the new version, which will feature disc brakes.

Lightning Phantom -- small frame

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

“People ask me all the time what the best value for the recumbent buck is. I suggest the Lightning Phantom. It can tour. It can run errands. And it can go very very fast. It is the Taiwanese version of the Lightning P-38 I have been speeding around on here in Davis. Here is the very good review of the bike that Bryan Ball of ’BentRider Online did of this respected machine.”

Martin Krieg

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!

See a video of a Phantom build by Lightning dealer Rose City Recumbent Cycles.

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.

Read the 2015 review from ’BentRider Online.

Other Phantom features

Phantom seat bottom
Contoured aero lower seat.
  • Increased speed
  • Increased comfort
  • Increased leg stability when stopped
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
Telescoping leg length adjustment is super strong and rigid. Our optional chain tensioner automatically takes up the chain slack. More information here.

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
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!
  • 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.
Lightning Phantom -- large frame
Two frame sizes fit most size riders. The six foot tall rider above needs a large size bike!

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′ to 5′9″ (S), 5′7″ to 6′6″ (L)
Rider weight limits 200 lbs. (S), 250 lbs. (L)
Powdercoat colors Brazilian Blue (S), Strawberry Metallic (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 V type
Gear range 21 to 112 inches
Brakes Tektro 836AL V-brakes
Brake levers Tektro 360 AL
Bottom bracket Cartridge type
Crankset NEW Sugino XD-350T 28×38×48, 170mm (L), 160mm (S). Color: Silver
Chain KMC Z99
Cassette Shimano Deore 11–34 9 speed
Front derailleur Shimano Sora
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore
Headset Cane Creek SE-2K Aheadset
Hubs Formula alloy sealed bearings and QR lever
Pedals Platform type
Shifter NEW Shimano Deore Trigger
Rims ARDC Aero, 24 spoke front, 28 spoke rear. Color: Black
Small front tire 16×1⅜ Primo Comet, 37–349, 100 psi
Large front tire 20″ Primo Racer, 35–406, 100 psi
Rear tire Primo Racer, 32–559, 100 psi

Phantom prices and ordering information

Suspension options:
Shockster rear suspension (adds 3 lbs.) Buy now!
Rear suspension rack mounts Buy now!
Phantom (Ballistic) suspended fork (adds 2 lbs.) Buy now!
P-38 suspended front fork Buy now!

Accessory prices and ordering information

See also our Accessories page.

Handlebar bag Buy now!
Slip on seat bag Buy now!
Hydrapack hydration bladder Buy now!
Chainring disc only Call
Chainring disc and chain guard tube Call
Cycle computer with cadence, Astrale Call
Fenders, Planet Bike Buy now!
Kickstand, for Phantom and P-38 Buy now!
Mirrycle mirror, brake lever mount Buy now!
Rear rack Buy now!
Panniers Buy now!
Pedal Extenders: decrease front wheel/heel interference Buy now!
Quick Adjust Kit/Chain Tensioner: allows full crank movement without adjusting chain Buy now!
Shorts Buy now!
T-Shirts Buy now!
Tilt steering Buy now!
Zzipper Fairing Buy now!
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California residents add sales tax of 8.25%

Shipping information

Bicycles are 90% assembled and shipped by UPS Ground 48 states.

Item Amount
Recumbent frameset or complete bike $120
Complete F-40 or F-90 with fairing $250

Payment information

The full amount is payable when the order is placed by credit card (Visa or Mastercard), money order, or personal check. For credit card orders, mail, or phone in the credit card info.

Lightning Phantoms at the beach