Developing new bikes and use of new materials is all about research and development.
Like everything they offer, Santa Cruz bicycles R&D is industry leading and a fundamental reason why they can offer lifetime warranty on all their frames and wheels.
There are several videos available on the web showing Santa Cruz frames being tested to destruction, but witnessing the event first hand clearly demonstrates that the equipment and frame are genuine, no smoke and mirrors here.
Watch and enjoy the destruction of a Santa Cruz Hightower front triangle, filmed on location at Santa Cruz HQ by yours truly.
The point of failure is not where you would expect, and in reality would never happen as the solid bar used for the test is far stronger than any suspension fork on the market.