id go with the stinky too. my friends first real bike was the stinky, hes had it for 2 years and hes improved greatly since he first got it. I went from a hardtail to a fully too, but i noticed my greatest improvement with the fully...i ahd more confidence i found. and well, also being that the bike was 56 freakin pounds, when i finally got rid of it because itw as too small (used purchase), well yeah, i just took off from there haha. my greatest improvement was over the past 6 months when i had a bike that actually fit me and worked well. But yeah, anyways, if youre dead set on a fully id actually get one of hte new FSR bighits. you can get the bighit FSR III for 2800 bux, and that will be a sweet ride.