I went with the stage two w/ compression adjusters because they were in stock. They’re definitely stiffer than I’d like. I travel lots of gravel roads and poorly maintained pavement for work and they’re great as long as you’re going fast however I find them very bumpy at lower speeds or around town. For my needs I think I would have benefited more from a stage 1 kit. I’m glad I know I bought quality because it’s hard to think I spent this much and don’t feel like it was as much as an improvement in ride quality as I was expecting. Wish I made a better choice when purchasing. I Still gave 5 stars because I have no doubt I could beat the crap out of them and they would only perform better.