The All New Lightning Phantom II
Now standard with the popular lock-down tilt steering adapter!
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.
Read the 2015 review from ’BentRider Online.
Other Phantom features
- Increased speed
- Increased comfort
- Increased leg stability when stopped
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’s Cyber Test Rides: See our collection of video clips showing Lightning bikes in action.
|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|
|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|
|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
|Shimano Deore components||$1,860|
|Phantom Midracer with carbon seat||$2,160|
|Shockster rear suspension (adds 3 lbs.)||$200|
|Rear suspension rack mounts||$50|
|Phantom (Ballistic) suspended fork (adds 2 lbs.)||$100|
|P-38 suspended front fork||$400|
Accessory prices and ordering information
See also our Accessories page.
|Handlebar bag (Black, Blue, Red)||$30|
|Slip on seat bag, 700 cubic inches (Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Safety Orange)||$85|
|Hydrapack hydration bladder, 1.5 liter||$42|
|Chainring disc only||$22|
|Chainring disc and chain guard tube||$45|
|Cycle computer with cadence, Astrale||$70|
|Fenders, Planet Bike||$65|
|Kickstand, for Phantom and P-38||$28|
|Mirrycle mirror, brake lever mount||$50|
|Panniers, 2,000 cubic inches (Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Safety Orange)||$380|
|Pedal Extenders: decrease front wheel/heel interference||$30|
|Quick Adjust Kit/Chain Tensioner: allows full crank movement without adjusting chain||$80|
|Shorts (Small, Med, Large, XL)||$78|
|T-Shirts (Small, Med, Large, XL)||$10|
California residents add sales tax of 8.25%
Bicycles are 90% assembled and shipped by UPS Ground 48 states.
|Recumbent frameset or complete bike||$120|
|Complete F-40 or F-90 with fairing||$250|
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.