I'm not saaying I could have done it but with probably 10" of travel front and rear it's not exactly difficult. The consequences of an off though are pretty bloody terrifying!! But that seems to be the result of advances in technology in sport, looka t what happened when cars got aero when they crashed it was twice as bad!
"Not exactly difficult"??? You must be joking! So when was it "exactly" that you rode downhill on such a "10 inch" bike and found it to be so easy??? I would like to get some practical tips to improve my riding!
I suggest to follow the regular World Cup edits that pop up on Dirt Mag and Vital after the races and to accept how much the sport changed in the last decade. You could sit on the latest state of the art bike and you'd still have difficulties finishing the course, even as an experienced rider. A mere mortal has nothing to lose in a World Cup, trust me, and the Red Bull events are pretty much the same level. I don't even want to start ranting about the sheer awesomeness that I witnessed last fall in Champery in the rain, because words are insufficient.
So respect your downhillers! You don't say that if you'd have the XC World Champs' bike you'd probably be riding like him, don't you?
It's the same.
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)