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Lightning P-38

starting at $3,600.00


The legendary Lightning P-38. With the efficient and unique, patented space type frame that is very stiff in the direction of pedaling forces, but at the same time very light and strong. Unconventional in design, yes. But also, comfort, safety, and speed many times greater than conventional bikes. Experience what thousands of Lightning riders have already discovered, the pure cycling enjoyment and exhilaration of the P-38.

The P-38 is Lightning’s flagship bicycle and it's not hard to see why. Only the P-38 has had nearly 30 years of refinements and record-setting experience to bring it to its current state of development. The P-38 is one of the lightest recumbents made, at just 22-26 pounds (depending on size and components).

Forget what you've heard about recumbents not being good climbers. Bicycling magazine dubbed its latest review of the P-38 “A recumbent that can climb!” After about a month of acclimation, a P-38 rider will normally match or exceed his previous performance on an upright. The key is training, as a recumbent uses slightly different muscles than an upright bike, especially during climbing.

As always, every Lightning is Made in the USA

Lightning P-38 Specs:

Component Sport XT Performance
Sizes S, M, L, XL M, L, XL
Rider height range 4'9" - 6'8" 5'2" - 6'8"
Rider weight limit 160 lbs. (S), 200 lbs. (M), 220 lbs. (L), 250 lbs. (XL)
Colors Azure Blue, Metallic Blue, Yellow, Metallic Green, Jet Black, Starlight Silver, Golden Gage, Crimson Red, White, Starlight Red. See the full color chart.
Weight 23 - 26 lbs. 24 - 27 lbs. 23 - 25 lbs. 22 - 24 lbs.
Wheelbase 41 to 45.5 inches
Overall length 60 - 74 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.
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.
Rigid fork Brazed 4130, Custom True Temper Taperlite Blades
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 Drop Bars
Gear range 24 - 123 inches 19 - 125 inches 24 - 123 inches 26 - 123 inches
Brakes Avid SD7 Avid BB7 Disc Shimano Caliper Shimano Ultegra Caliper
Brake levers Tektro SR Tektro SR Tektro SR Tektro SR
Bottom bracket Shimano 105, Tube Spindle FSA, Tube Spindle Shimano 105, Tube Spindle Lightning carbon integrated, ABEC5 sealed bearings
Crankset Shimano 105 Hollowtech 30×39×50 FSA Energy 26×39×52 Shimano 105 Hollowtech 30×39×50 Lightning carbon integrated 30×50, 160 to 180 mm
Chain KMC X9 KMC X10 KMC X9 KMC X10
Cassette Shimano SLX 11-34, 9 speed Shimano XT 11-36, 10 speed Shimano SLX 11-34 9 speed Shimano XT 11-36, 10 speed
Front derailleur Shimano 105 Shimano Ultegra Triple Shimano 105 Shimano Ultegra Triple
Rear derailleur Shimano SLX Shimano XT Shimano SLX Shimano XT
Headset Diatech threadless Diatech threadless Diatech threadless Diatech threadless
Hubs Deore LX Shimano XT Shimano 105 Velocity Race Hi-Lo
Shifters Shimano Tiagra bar end Shimano Dura-Ace bar end Shimano Tiagra bar end Shimano Dura-Ace bar end
Front rim 16" Sun Alloy M14A, 349 mm (16×1-3/8), 28 stainless spokes, S And M N/A
Front tire 16" Brompton 37-349 (16×1-3/8), 100 psi N/A
Front rim 20" Sun Alloy CR18 406mm, 36 stainless spokes, L and XL Alex DA-16 406 mm, 18 stainless spokes, M, L, XL Velocity A23, 406 mm, 20 spokes, M, L, XL
Front tire 20" Panaracer 32-406 (20×1.25) 100 psi Continental Contact 28-406 (20×1.1), 110 psi *
Rear rim 700c Sun Alloy CR18 700C, 36 stainless spokes, L and XL Shimano 105 Aero, 20 stainless spokes, M, L, XL Mesh seat Velocity A23 OC, 28 spokes, M, L, XL Mesh seat
Rear tire 700c Panaracer Pasela 700×28, 105 psi Continental Ultra Race, 700×23, 120 psi
Rear rim 26" Sun CR18 26×1.5, 36 stainless spokes, S and M Mavic Aero, 28 stainless spokes, M, L, XL carbon seat Velocity A23 OC, 28 spokes, M, L, XL carbon seat
Rear tire 26" Kenda Kwest 32-559, 100psi Continental 650×23, 120 psi

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