I've been doing some light mountain biking on an old fully rigid specialized that's too small for me and my rigid hybrid with 700x38 tires (obviously not that effective). I've still been enjoying it a lot and considering buying a real mountain bike.
I'm not looking to race, not looking for an incredible amount of speed. Some kind of technical stuff. Also not planning on paying $1000 (probably a bit less) for a bike.
I know cheap suspension's often not very good. At what price point would you guess that the front suspension that comes on a hardtail would be better than a fully rigid? $500? 800? 1000? More?
Thanks for any input.