The Lightning P-38 with belt drive
Gates has been making their Carbon Drive system for a number of years, but in the past limited belt selection prevented their use on recumbent bicycles.
But now Gates is making a large number of belt sizes, and the committed engineers at Lightning Cycle Dynamics went back to the drawing boards and designed a new P-38 type frame with ability to accept the belts as the world’s first commercial belt drive recumbent!
Coupling belts with a smooth shifting, precision-machined, internally-geared Rohloff 14-speed hub results in a super quiet, maintenance-free recumbent ride.
|Sizes||S, M, L, XL|
|Rider height range||4′9″ to 6′8″|
|Rider weight limit||160 lbs. (S), 200 lbs. (M), 220 lbs. (L), 250 lbs. (XL)|
|Colors||Azure Blue, Metallic Blue, Metallic Green, Crimson Red, Starlight Red, Traffic Purple, Starlight Silver, Polished Aluminum, Titanium, Pearl Yellow, Pearl White, Jet Black,. See the full color chart.|
|Wheelbase||41 to 47 inches|
|Overall length||60 to 76 inches|
|BB height||24 to 26 inches|
|Seat height||18 to 20 inches Ergomesh; 17 to 19 inches Midracer Ergospeed carbon|
|Seat angle||50 to 65 degrees Ergomesh; 35 to 40 degrees Midracer Ergospeed carbon|
|Ergomesh seat||Patent-pending Ergofit bend, 7005 Aluminum frame. Nylon mesh back with fitted foam cushion.|
|Rigid fork||Full carbon fiber|
|Braze-ons||Water bottle (2), pump peg (for Zefal HP pump), drop-out eyelets, cable guides|
|Frame||Nickel Silver brazed Multigauge CrMo, 7005 Aluminum B-B Extension|
|Stem||LCD Customlite Aluminum|
|Handlebars||Aluminum, Customlite LCD V type Bars|
|Gear range||16 to 83″ or 19 to 100”|
|Brakes||Shimano XT hydraulic disc|
|Brake levers||Shimano hydraulic|
|Bottom bracket||Shimano XT|
|Crankset||Shimano XT, tube spindle, 42 or 50 front sprocket|
|Headset||Origin 8 threadless|
|Hubs||Shimano XT front, Rohloff 14 speed internal rear|
|Shifters||Rohloff Twist Shift|
|Front rim 16"||Sun CR18, 349 mm (16×1⅜), 28 stainless spokes, Small|
|Front tire 16"||Schwalbe Marathon 37-349 (16×1⅜), 100 psi|
|Front rim 20″||Sun Alloy CR18 406mm, 36 stainless spokes, M, L and XL|
|Front tire 20″||Schwalbe Marathon 38-406 (20×1.5) 100 psi|
|Rear rim 700c||Sun Alloy CR18 700C, 36 stainless spokes, M, L, and XL|
|Rear tire 700c||Schwalbe Marathon 700×28, 105 psi|
|Rear rim 26″||Sun CR18 26×1.5, 36 stainless spokes, Small|
|Rear tire 26″||Schwalbe Marathon 38-559, 100psi|
|Nominal X-Seam||Seat bolt to crank center||Front belt (teeth)||Rear belt (teeth)|
|39.7 to 38.5||29.4 to 30.0||151||132|
|38.5 to 39.1||30.0 to 30.6||158||128|
|38.9 to 39.5||30.4 to 31.0||158||130|
|39.4 to 40.0||30.9 to 31.5||158||132|
|40.2 to 40.8||31.7 to 32.3||166||128|
|40.6 to 41.2||32.7 to 32.7||168||128|
|41.1 to 41.7||32.6 to 33.2||168||130|
|41.5 to 42.1||33.0 to 33.6||168||132|
|41.9 to 42.5||33.4 to 34.0||174||128|
|42.3 to 42.9||33.8 to 34.4||174||130|
|42.8 to 43.4||34.3 to 34.9||174||132|
|43.4 to 44.04||34.9 to 35.5||174||132|
|44.2 to 44.84||35.7 to 36.3||158||158|
|45.0 to 45.6||36.5 to 37.1||158||158|
|45.6 to 46.1||37.1 to 37.7||168||151|
|46.1 to 46.74||37.6 to 38.2||166||158|
|46.7 to 47.3||38.2 to 38.8||166||158|
|47.1 to 47.7||38.6 to 39.2||168||158|
- Because the X-seam dimension can change based on seat angle, crankarm length, and shoe thickness, nominal X-seam means average or median of these factors.
- Seat bolt to crank center distance is a much more accurate method of determining the belts needed. This can be obtained by sitting on and correctly adjusting an existing P-38 frame.
- Nominal gearing is 20 rear, 24 middle, and 42 or 50 front. If using a 50 front the number of belt teeth in the above chart needs to be increased by a total of 4 teeth.
- To achieve these dimensions, the gearing needs to be 22 middle and 39 or 46 front.
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!|
|Kickstand, for Phantom and P-38||Buy now!|
|Rear rack||Buy now!|
|Pedal extenders||Buy now!|
|Quick Adjust Kit/Chain Tensioner||Buy now!|
|Zzipper Fairing||Buy now!|
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