The Lightning R-84

World’s Lightest Recumbent — 18.5 lbs with full suspension (medium size lightweight frame with Super Light components).

NEW Upgraded 10 and 11 speed drivetrains!

Check out the R-84 Di2!

Made in the USA

  • Affordable component group for those wanting superior R-84 performance and comfort.
  • Lightweight triple front gearing and 11 to 36 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.

Read the latest Lightning R-84 review in Recumbent & Tandem Rider magazine.

Read more about Lightning Midracers here.

Lightning R-84
R-84 Performance Midracer

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
R-84 Velocity with Ergomesh seat and optional front suspension
Lightning R-84
Rear suspension swing arms standard on all versions.
Lightning R-84 rear cluster
Optional front suspension
Lightning R-84 steering tube
R-84 with custom paint
Lightning R-84 with custom paint job
Introducing the R-84

Check out the owner’s manual.

Lightning R-84 specifications

R-84 Performance 3×10 R-84 Velocity 2×10 R-84 Super Light 2×11
Weight* 20 to 22 pounds 19 to 21 pounds 18.5 to 20 pounds
Rider weight limit Lightweight: 160 pounds; Standard: 210 pounds; Heavy Duty: 250 pounds
Height 40 inches
Length 63 to 75 inches
Width 20 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 to 47 inches
Frame Molded carbon fiber Unibox, oversize aluminum bottom bracket assembly and seat stay
Fork Lightning carbon
Rear suspension Swing-stay spring/elastomer mechanism, 1 inch of travel
Braze-ons Water bottle (1), aluminum cable guides
Finish Catalyzed urethane
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 to 125 inches 26 to 123 inches 28 to 123 inches
Bottom bracket FSA Energy Lightning Carbon integrated, ABEC5 sealed bearings Lightning Carbon integrated, ABEC5 ceramic bearings
Crankset FSA Energy 30×39×52 Lightning Carbon integrated 30×50 or 34×50, 160 to 180 mm
Cassette Shimano SLX 10-speed, 11 to 36 Shimano XT 10-speed, 11 to 36 Shimano Dura-Ace 11-speed, 11 to 28
Front der. Shimano LX Shimano XT Dura-Ace
Rear der. Shimano Deore Shimano XT Shimano Dura-Ace
Chain KMC X-10 KMC X-10 KMC X-11SL hollow pin
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace bar end, 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Bar end, 11-speed
Brakes Tektro Quartz Caliper Tektro Quartz Caliper FSA K-Force Dual Pivot
Brake levers Tektro Tektro Tektro
Hubs Shimano 105 Velocity Race Dura-Ace
Front rim Velocity A23 20″, 24 spokes Velocity A23 20″, 24 spokes Velocity A23 20″, 24 spokes
Front tire Schwalbe Durano 28-406, 120 psi Schwalbe Durano 28-406, 120 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 Velocity A23 OC, 28 spokes
Rear tire Continental Super Sport Plus, 120 psi Continental Super Sport Plus, 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 adds one pound.

R-84 prices and ordering information

Accessory prices and ordering information

See also our Accessories page.

Handlebar bag Buy now!
Slip on seat bag Buy now!
Hydration bladder Buy now!
Chainring disc only Call
Chainring disc and chain guard tube Call
Cycle computer Buy now!
Fenders Buy now!
Kickstand, for Phantom and P-38 Buy now!
Mirror Buy now!
Rear rack Buy now!
Panniers Buy now!
Pedal extenders Buy now!
Quick Adjust Kit/Chain Tensioner Buy now!
Shorts Buy now!
T-Shirts Buy now!
Zzipper Fairing Buy now!
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For details on framesets, check the frameset page.

The R-84 is custom built to order and available with either the lightweight seat or carbon Midracer seat.

To place an order, contact your closest Lightning dealer, or the factory.