Ever hear of the $ 10 burger ?O.K, so why is this fork going to cost $ 500 when most forks I build are half that price ? Look at the crown.....look closely. If you know anything about MTN bike history you will recognize it as the crown that Ritchey designed many years ago. This crown was featured on pre-shock Bridgestone MB-1 and MB-2 mountian bikes. I bought a box of these crowns about 12 years ago and they were old when I got them. I have four left so when those four are gone I'll be done building these forks forever......I really doubt there are more of these sitting in a box somewhere-I really think I got the last box. If you want a piece of genuine MTB history it will be $ 500....only available with a 1" steerer-yes, the crowns were made before the steerers changed, before threadless , before clipless MTB pedals , before the pyramids........well, not quite.