I think history has proved otherwise.
Really? Even Mavic soon dropped them in favour of a wider profile rim. And if we are talking modern, no-one (where I live) rides on Mavics narrower profile rims any more. Stans Flow and Flow EX are pretty popular though because they are light but their width means that they'll take a wider selection of tyres, and the tyre will be better supported.
If we are being nostalgic, (and this IS Retrobike
) then I'd say the Araya RM20 has stood the test of time much better and I'd still ride on those today.
So you disagree that mountain bike rims didnt become narrower and have remained so ever since...?
I think you have missed the point i was trying to make completely. Look at a rim from the late 80s, the mavic ma40 if you like, and then look at rims through the 90s, and right up to the modern rims of today.
Are they the same width as they were when the mountain bike was concieved and born of fat tyre balloon clunkers....?
I rest my case.
If we start Nit picking the way you are we will be here all day.
As for the comment about the Rm20 standing the test of time better....