Solex moped reborn as an e-bike
In 1946, the first Solex revolutionized the world of mopeds with its bicycle-base and trimmed, peppy engine on the front wheel. Seventy-five years later, the symbolic French bike is born again, this time as a trendy electric bicycle.
The ‘Intemporel’ range even harks back to the original moped, but it’s now equipped with a Bosch motor and a 400 Wh battery giving it a range of 50 to 100 km.
From Louis De Funes in numerous films to any vicar or French farmer, everyone has seen or ridden a Solex bike. Launched back in 1946, it quickly gained popularity, moving masses in the post-war era.
Its simple construction, made of a bicycle frame with a combustion engine on the front wheel, was the key. Under different variations, the Solex bike sold at more than 7 million units until 1988.
A few years ago, the brand Solex, now part of the EasyBike Group, came back in the picture with a range of different, retro-styled electric bicycles. During the pandemic, the French manufacturer launched the Intemporel range, celebrating the original bike, which now blows its 75th candle. However, the new iteration is still a bicycle and harks back to the original, low-slung shape.
In keeping with the original looks, the place above the front wheel where the old internal combustion engine sat is now a rounded rack with Solex written on it. The 36 V Bosch electric motor is mounted in the 8-speed transmission, and the battery is placed under the rear luggage rack.
Just like the 1946 model, a large leather saddle with suspension provides adequate comfort. According to Solex, the 400 Wh battery should be large enough to provide electric assistance for between 50 and 100 km. The Solex Intemporel Infinity 1946 is sold at 2 599 euros.