I'm leaning that way. Just making sure my brand and shop loyalty isn't making me miss out on something.
The second hand option is interesting and I have always taken that route with cars. I'm prejudiced with bikes though for some reason.
The other thing with new is that stock is a big problem atm.
Once I get the bike watch this space for a well priced 2016 merida dual suss with about 10000k on the clock, well maintained, some paintwork cracks and an annoying patch of raw alu where inexperience made me neglect to protect the frame from the bike rack.