Lightning recumbent bicycles
“Knows how to climb, a brilliant design!” — Bicycling Magazine
If you are new to recumbent bicycles, check out our introductory information and our model line-up video.
The Lightning Phantom D
NEW Now standard with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes!
The Phantom combines the overall geometry and seat of the P-38 with solid chromoly mono-tube construction for a fast bike that’s durable, comfortable and very affordable. Now available also as a midracer.
The e-Lightning NEW
Introducing the faster, longer range, more comfortable e-bike. The low Lightning position gives a 30% speed and range increase over upright e-bikes. Pedal-assist and Throttle-On-Demand give you up to 35 mph (where legal).
The Lightning P-38
NEW Hydraulic disc brakes and carbon forks
The legendary P-38 is still our flagship and our second-lightest recumbent (only our R-84 is lighter). A stiff, strong patented space frame design, plus the patent-pending Ergofit seat make the P-38 one of the finest recumbents you can own for touring, racing, and recreational riding. Choose our standard mesh seat or the midracer configuration. Also available as a frameset. Made in the USA
The Lightning P-38 Belt Drive NEW
Lightning Cycles continues to push the envelope with the world’s first belt-drive recumbent. Coupling belts with a smooth shifting, precision-machined, internally-geared Rohloff 14-speed hub results in a super quiet, maintenance-free ride on the classic P-38 frame. (Also available in the ROX configuration.) Made in the USA
The Lightning P-38 Voyager
Now you can take it with you! We start with our legendary P-38, and then add frame couplers and a hard-shell carrying case. Assemble or dissassemble in as few as thirty minutes. Made in the USA
The Lightning F-22 Velomobile
A high-tech faired recumbent bicycle with a fairing added for increased comfort, speed, and safety. Zero impact, low cost, highly efficient human transportation with free health benefits.
The Lightning F-40
For racers and high-performance enthusiasts, the record breaking fully-faired F-40 can’t be beat. In fact it holds some 12 world speed records. Also available as a frameset. Made in the USA
The Lightning R-84
NEW Check out the R-84 Di2!
At only 18 pounds, the carbon fiber R-84 will take you anywhere you want to go in comfort and blazing speed! This is the ultimate high-tech, lightweight recumbent for the ultimate enthusiast. Choose our standard mesh seat or the midracer configuration. Also available as a frameset. Made in the USA
The Lightning F-90
Extreme performance for those with The Right Stuff. Made in the USA
We’re ready to serve you and would love to see you enjoying one of our bikes. If you’re shopping for a bicycle, check out our recumbents (above), and read about what makes us special. Then check out the range of bikes available, including the high-performance comfort of the Phantom, and our flagship, the legendary P-38. For racers and high-performance enthusiasts, the record breaking fully-faired F-40, the 19 pound carbon fiber R-84, and World Champion F-90 will take you anywhere you want to go in comfort and blazing speed! Finally, check out our How to Buy page to find your closest Lightning dealer, plus learn about sizing, accessories, and color options. Or contact us for more info.
Want to get in touch with other owners of Lightning recumbents? Check out Joel Dickman’s Lightning Riders forum to ask questions and exchange ideas with other Lightning riders.