What you are describing is the general skill level rising. People started with XC, loved it and as they got better technically, wanted more technical challenges without the intensity. DH was too specific- on the other end of XC so Freeride was born and is growing. A little bit of both, seemingly "extreme" but actually very mainstream. Many people don't want to compete, they want to be challenged. XC is competition so there is a certain discipline involved to do that- it is extreme because it is so focused. Freeride is just that- free. You do what you want. Your bike is a great climber-but good, it isn't a great DH'ller-but good. It's middle of the road, it's extreme, it's what you want it to be. Maybe it will become a sport one day and then people will move on to something else "free".