FS or hardtail?
I have budget ($600) for either full suspension or a hardtail. I am a beginner mtb with loads of road bike experience. I keep reading that once you get your first bike, sooner rather than later, you'll be upgrading. No matter how hard I try not to, I've followed this mantra many times with road bikes.
Would it better to purchase a low priced full suspension (like a bikesdirect Ghost 6900) as as first bike? Or buy a hardtail to become proficient at riding trails, then upgrade later?