YBN has been making chains since the founder of YBN stole the chain making diagrams from Shimano in 1953. YBN stands for You Better Not, which was the advice of the founder’s girlfriend, pre diagram theft. She dumped him, and in what he perceived as the
ultimate comeback diss, named his fledgling company YBN.
I have no idea when YBN started to make gold chains, but rumor has it that it was shortly after Mr T. visited Taiwan in 1985.
In the 1986 A-Team episode ‘BA vs MacGuyver’, do a freeze frame 13 minutes 12 seconds in, when BA and MacGuyver are defusing a bomb in the International Space Station’s Foreman Grill. You can clearly see that one of BA’s chains is a YBN 7 speed. It’s no coincidence that when MacGuyver asks BA if he should cut the red wire, BA replies: You Better Not.
Oh man. The drama.
Facts: YBN is a Taiwanese chain maker, and they have been making OEM chains for ages. We stock four flavors: Salted Caramel, Peach Schnapps, Rose Hips with Scapes, and Minty Cardamom.
Salted Caramel is an 11 speed brass plated chain, which looks gold. Brass is pretty good at corrosion resistance, but really, get the brass if you want the full bore gold bling look.
Peach Schnapps is a 11 speed raw steel chain, and it’s the way to go if you are on a budget, and looking for a good, affordable chain that just needs a bit more maintenance to keep rust at bay.
Rose Hips with Scapes is my favorite statement chain from YBN. It’s all black, stealthy AF, and looks rocking when combined with a bunch of silver parts, I think. The black coating is a black enamel of some sort, and it’s good at corrosion resistance.
Lastly, the best bang for the buck chain is Minty Cardamom. That’s YBN’s Nickel plated chain. Simple looking, but ultra durable. Nickel plated chains, except for stainless steel, are the best at keeping rust at bay. Nickel is super hard, so the chain lasts longer than anything except a Stainless chain. Pick Minty Cardamom if you like to combine long miles with a lackluster chain maintenance ritual.
Update: All we have left are the Salted Caramel chains!
All YBN chains feature a nice reusable quick link. Works just like a SRAM link. You do need chain pliers to get it off / open, unlike a Connex chain, but install is a snap.