I got a speed p8 yesterday. they dont have the magnetic latch either. the plastic doesnt even hold. Im going to home depot and buying velcro and going to wrap it around each side of the bike and have a "tab" sticking out so that when it I close it i can just stick the tabs together.
It's the part with the spring: There's a bigger plastic housing that it goes into and is supposed to snap in but it comes loose. It doesn't really snap in.
I added the velcro, it's one of those velcro things that stick to itself. I just wrap it around the other part of the frame when it's folded and stick it onto itself. $5
A lot easier than dealing with the snaps or the magnets that may not stick together
Weird. I've generally found the magnet system to work well, I don't see why Dahon would change it. Though I guess this is lighter. I wonder if the mount on the fork is still the same and therefore if it's possible to use the old system.