Was that Totem you picked up 1.5? Ouch if it was.
Tapered is hear to stay, budget new upper/crown/steer assembly if you own a 1.5 fork and plan on upgrading frame in the future.
Yup that is what mostly fueled my frustration seeing as how I plan to switch frames next year, but having ridden a full 1.5 HT for a couple seasons now I really feel more confident looking down at a burly front end when dropping into the gnar. I know I'd get used to tapered and probably not even notice it after a few rides so a moot point I suppose, but what would the interwebz be without some more bitching [HTML_REMOVED] moaning about new standards :)