I may be wrong but stances seemed to start getting wider around the early 2000's when freestyle became more popular. Now that rail tricks and everything have been getting crazy, skinny stances seem to be in again for spinning 360's onto rails and stuff like that. I dont ride a mountain so this is my experience from seeing park riders.
Now there seems to be more of a mixture of wide/skinny stance riders(subjective term obv) which is good, everyone is just doing there thang and riding comfortably hopefully! All i know is I am never going wider than 23.5 from experimenting, but I like to go as wide as possible for stable landings.
Last edited by seant46; 02-02-2013 at 02:25 AM.