Really glad I bought this bike now, I use it all the time and although it still has a few problems its been worth the money just for the use I've had so far.
I'm thinking of buying something a bit lighter and in slightly better condition now that I know I'll spend the hours riding one.
Right now there is a San Andreas on Ebay for £1000! Its got some nice parts but it does make me think I could maybe get a few quid for mine and put it towards a newer bike.
Do you have reach adjust on the brakes? Either you've got air in the lines, or they're adjusted way out.
Have a look, there should be some tiny allen holes somewhere you can adjust the reach with, see if it makes a difference. If not-time for a bleed!
I've got one of those shocks on my FSR, and they are fantastic-and very tuneable! You can use a standard pump and add air if it's feeling a bit wallowy.
No reach adjust on the brakes. The rear brake is fine but the front is awful, it makes a lot of noise and doesn't do much stopping. I took it down a very steep rocky descent and it made me never want to do it again.
I will bleed it over winter, I have been thinking about buying a new front setup but I should bleed it first and see how that goes.
I think the shock must have had a service or an easy life because it feels and works well.