Maybe everyone is a little harsh on not spending money on your 4300, but it is very true that you shouldn't bother putting disc brakes on it. I have the good fortune to be able to have several bikes and I have two disc brake bikes, one V brake bike, and one cantilever bike (also a coaster brake bike and a fixie but those are out of this conversation) and I can say that there is little benefit to gain from switching to V brakes for no good reason. You can set up your V brakes with probably something like 90% (did you know that 95% of statistics are made up?) of the power of a disc brake in normal conditions. Putting a Kool Stop pad on, making sure they're aligned properly, and having cables and housing and brake noodle in good working order will help you keep your braking power at its best.
Just because everyone is saying that you shouldn't put a ton of money into your bike doesn't mean that your bike is worthless. Keep your bike running well, put money into it as needed, and ride the crap out of it but don't get sucked into thinking that you can make it something it's not. You're running a solid beginner bike, nothing wrong with that. If at some point you decide that your 4300 isn't meeting your needs on the trail, that's when you start thinking about upgrading to a different bike. Until then, put money into your bike when it's not working well but don't put money into it unless you know exactly what you're trying to get out of that money.
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