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It’s not really strange. The Monster T is a dual crown fork.
Tapered steerers evolved from 1.5” steerers. The idea was to get the stiffness of a 1.5” steerer while having access to a plethora of 1-1/8” stems.
1.5” steerers were introduced in ~2003 in an attempt to offer long travel single crown forks that could approach the stiffness of dual crowns like the Monster-T.
It’s possible to make an 1-1/8” steerer for single crowns ~ as stiff as tapered but the weight penalty is significant.
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