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A longer stem is generally more XC oriented which aides in putting the rider in a more forward position. This position helps when climbing and when hammering the flats.
A shorter stem is generally for more aggressive riding. i.e., more Freeride and Downhill applications.
However, it's all a matter of personal choice.
Try several out before you invest.
BTW, Thomson's are very nice stems. I own two myself!
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